Homes plan for Bradford Road

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NEW houses are set to be built off Bradford Road in Cleckheaton – despite concerns about extra traffic on an already busy stretch.

The plan by Lakeland Property, Cleckheaton, is for 34 new houses on the site of a former car show room – more recently used as a temporary motorcycle test centre.

Michael Singh, from Lakeland, said: “This will create jobs in the construction industry, which is badly needed in the current climate.

“The builders are family business John Brooke Builders, who employ 17 people and have eight apprentices.”

Mr Singh said there were no objections from the council’s highways team and 11 local residents had supported the application.

However, concerns were raised about the extra traffic caused by the development.

Karen Keyes, owner of the nearby Fingerprints Nursery, said there had been numerous minor accidents at the junction with Bradford Road, in front of her business.

“There was a crash last month that was reported to highways and they said that until there was a serious accident they couldn’t do anything about the junction,” she said.

“I just want to make sure there are no accidents when the site is developed.”

She said she had no problem with the principle of the plan, but was concerned that extra traffic would make the junction more dangerous.

Cleckheaton’s Coun Andrew Pinnock said: “It does enable the use of a derelict site near the centre of Cleckheaton for homes, which is well suited for public transport.”

The plan was approved.