Plan of flats approved for construction on Bradford’s Kirkgate

PLANNING chiefs have given the go-ahead for the conversion of a former bank building in Bradford town center into apartments.

The plan for 61-65 Kirkgate, next to McDonald’s, was submitted to Bradford Council in April.

He requested permission to divide the building into three units and create nine one-bedroom apartments on the first and second floors.

It was once a Halifax bank and later a clothing store, but has received “little interest” since it has been empty, according to the app.

A decision report for the application said: “The proposed changes are considered to have a positive impact on the public appearance of this property and the character of the area, raising no significant issues.”

He said the proposal will retain an “active frontage” at ground floor level and the design is considered to be in line with planning policies.

He added: “The building is in a prominent location within the conservation area, but is assessed as making a neutral contribution to its character.

“The changes to the facade will be publicly visible but are in line with the pattern of modern development seen at this site.

“Alterations to the facade and windows must be of high quality and will add to the character and appearance of this conservation area.”

The report says some issues have been raised by the Council’s housing standards team, although these have now been resolved “with the proposal to introduce 9 new flats which meet the minimum space standards outlined at national in terms of piece size and overall size”.

He added: ‘There are windows in all habitable rooms and each property is considered to have sufficient light and perspective.

“It is acknowledged that none of the apartments will have private outdoor space, but this is a town center location, and the agent noted that the new apartments will be within walking distance of a number of spaces and facilities accessible to the public. .

“Taking this into account and taking into account previous permission on this site, not providing this space is not considered to have a detrimental impact on future occupants given the local supply.”

In granting permission, planning officer Jacob Muff said: ‘The proposal is considered to provide a good standard of living for future residents and is not considered to have any significant impacts on the built environment, the heritage assets, road safety, biodiversity or neighboring occupants. .”

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