September 2019

On Tuesday 10 September, preliminary excavation works (including the demolition of a section of dry stone walling) were carried out close to Micklethwaite Bridge in the south west corner of the Greenhill site and a site compound area was created. GAG believes this work was undertaken by/on behalf of the Developers to enable the planning permission granted for the replacement swing-bridge to remain active. At this time, a number of Conditions relating to the bridge works are still to be fully discharged and, on behalf of the local communities, GAG is investigating these matters.
With respect to the Reserve Matters applicable to the main housing development (the 80+ documents for which were published on the BMDC Planning website on 12 August 2019) GAG is scrutinising these and will comment on their content in due course.

June 2019

Outline planning consent for 420-440 houses was granted in September 2016 by the then Secretary of State, Sajiv Javid. At the same time, full planning permission was granted for the replacement of the current swing-bridge at Micklethwaite Lane with a new, two-lane swing bridge.

Although in the period since September 2016 the Greenhill site was put up for sale by the developers (Redrow/Bellway) GAG is not aware of the site having changed ownership.

In order to preserve the full planning permission that was granted for the new swing bridge a number of Conditions (included in the Inspector's Public Inquiry report of 2016) need to be discharged and on 6th June 2019 the developers submitted a number of documents to BDMC Planning Department relating to the replacement swing bridge at Micklethwaite Lane.

On 20th June 2019, a leaflet from the developers was received by a number of residents who live around the edges of the Greenhill site, inviting comments on the proposed outline development plan, prior to an application for full planning permission being submitted. The deadline for comments to be received is Friday 28th June 2019. Even if a leaflet was not received, residents living in the area of the proposed development can still leave comments online for the developers by visiting their website

Second Public Inquiry

The application 14/00293/MAO was called-in by the Secretary of State in 2015 and a Second Public Inquiry was held in October 2015.
The decision to approve the application was announced on 26th September.
Appeals must be lodged by 4th November 2016.

Application Approved

The application has been approved by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee on 19th June 2014

Latest Application 14/00293/MAO

The latest planning application is to be heard at the Regulatory and Appeals Committee at 10:00am on 19th June 2014 at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley.

New Application 14/00293/MAO

On 27th January 2014 the developers submitted a new application. More details will be given shortly but be aware you will need to object again and sign our petition which will go online next week. Whilst notification letters have been issued by the Council showing a response date of 19th February, this should read 28th February. We will provide information on points of objection but feel free to write now as you can always write again with further points.Indeed the Council have agreed to accept representations up to the date of the Planning Panel (date not yet available).

*** WE WON ***

An announcement was made today (20th July 2012) that the Secretary of State has dismissed the developers appeal. There is an 85 page report and a copy of this is available on this link (Public Inquiry Decision). We need to read this to understand exactly what has been said and the grounds upon which it was dismissed and we will advise further soonest.

Meantime thank you to everyone who assisted us throughout the campaign with personal and financial help to get us to this position and to achieve what many saw as a fight against the odds.

We WON AGAIN!!! Sty Lane is no longer included in the RUDP

Following a blunder by the Council Officers none of the outstanding housing sites in the RUDP were saved by the Council and accordingly the Council has removed Sty lane and others from the RUDP leaving these sites open to legal challenge.

We WON!!! Shipley Planning Panel has REJECTED application 11/01203/MAO

At the Planning Panel on 23rd September 2011 the Panel Members rejected the Sty Lane application by a vote of 6 to 1. We wish to thank them for having the courage to stand against the Planning Officers who were recommending approval. 
We also wish to thank all of our supporters for their support and donations to enable us to fight this development.