Planning permission grated for 500 homes and new primary school in Burley-in-Wharfedale

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday confirmed that planning permission has been granted for 500 homes and a new primary school to the west of Burley-in-Wharfedale.

A resolution to grant planning permission was originally given by Bradford Council in 2018 with the decision subsequently called in by the Secretary of State for a public inquiry in 2019.

Yesterday’s announcement will enable the development to progress, delivering much needed new homes, including 30% affordable homes for local people, and a new primary school as well as new open space, footpaths, cycleways, play areas and biodiversity nature areas on the site.

In addition to £895,000 of local highways and transport improvements and £43,000 of local ecological improvements, the development will also provide a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payment of about £4.4m for investment into local infrastructure including secondary education, of which £1.1m will be spent by Burley Parish Council.

Steve McBurney from CEG said: “We wholeheartedly welcome this decision. It reflects the Government Planning Inspector’s strong recommendation for approval in 2019. It now enables the delivery of 500 much-needed new homes, including affordable homes for local people, and a new primary school, alongside investment into secondary education, public transport and other local improvements.”

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