The Planning Hearing was held on 19th June 2014 and unfortunately we lost. The vote went 5-2 in the developers favour.
The hearing was a travesty. The handling of this whole episode has not been fair nor transparent. Many objections raised were not brought before the panel and the whole event was steamrollered through. There is more I could say but you will excuse me if we don’t publish them here as we are taking legal advice on our next steps. We are not crying foul because we lost as even 2 of the councillors on the committee requested the hearing be deferred because they did not believe Bradford Council had been fair and transparent in their handling of the meeting.
Councillors Mark Shaw and David Heseltine did us proud as did all our speakers, Richard Pinchbeck, Richard Butler, Janet Payn, Tony Plumbe and Mick Meares. We had wonderful support from the community for the whole day. Thank you for all your support and for your donations.
We need to consider next steps and as I understand it the only option open to us is a Judicial Review. We will take legal advice on this and the cost of doing so, but I believe there are a number of issues we can raise. In addition the chairman of the committee also said at the end of the meeting that whilst they have approved this application the housing site is only outline and the developers will need to bring forward a full application which we may wish to have an input on.
We do need time to consider all of this but should you have any questions I will try to answer them. However please bear with us if you don’t get a speedy response as this is a new position we find ourselves in and we have lots of questions that we need to ask to aid our understanding.