De­vel­oper told to re­think car park ‘al­ter­na­tive’ setts

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HER­ITAGE of­fi­cers have crit­i­cised a de­vel­op­ment in a con­ser­va­tion area after ar­ti­fi­cial ma­te­ri­als were used for a park­ing area in­stead of stone setts.

In 2016 Brad­ford Coun­cil granted per­mis­sion for the con­ver­sion of Ghyll Court on Wells Walk, Ilk­ley, from a nurs­ing home to three homes.

One con­di­tion was that a park­ing area in front of the 19th cen­tury build­ing, in Ilk­ley Con­ser­va­tion Area, be laid with stone setts.

Last year Jane Ver­fuerth sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion call­ing for that con­di­tion to be lifted, say­ing an “al­ter­na­tive sett” was laid dur­ing con­struc­tion ow­ing to the high cost of stone setts. But Brad­ford Coun­cil has now re­fused to drop this con­di­tion.

Her­itage of­fi­cer Jon Ack­royd said: “The paving does not match and re­sults in a loss of char­ac­ter to the con­ser­va­tion area with no bal­anc­ing ben­e­fit.”

Ilk­ley Civic So­ci­ety had also ob­jected to the plans. Re­fus­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, plan­ning of­fi­cers said the block paving was “harm­ful to vis­ual amenity”.

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