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Plan to replace Ilkley house with modern flats is refused by planners

Monday, August 1st, 2022 9:14pm

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a modern apartment building would 'dominate' a conservation area in Ilkley, according to planners.

Earlier this summer a planning application to demolish a house in Ilkley, Robin Hill on Clifford Road, and build a four storey, nine apartment building in its place was submitted to Bradford Council.

Bankhead Group, the applicant, said the apartments would be aimed at people from the “older generation” looking to downsize.

But the application has now been refused by planning officers, who said the building would be incompatible with the town’s Middleton Conservation Order.

Officers said the Conservation Area is “characterised by private residences on spacious plots”.

They added: “In contrast, the proposed four-storey height apartment building with its increased bulk, forward projection and dominance of the principal elevation by glazing and balconies would create an over-dominant and visually incongruous development.

“Such a bulkier, taller structure which would display little affinity with existing buildings nearby would not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area.”

They also said the plans did not include enough parking – 12 spaces for the nine apartments.

Highways officers said: “Public transport does not serve the suburb of Middleton and there are no shops, no schools, few community or commercial facilities and that high car ownership levels are prevalent in the town.”

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