Village News


11 December 1999    -    Village fear advance of concrete jungle

A planned 198-home development in Eastburn was the major topic of a housing meeting in the village. Angry residents voiced fears that the proposed Taywood Homes estate in fields next to Airedale Hospital would spell the end of village life.

"We're trying to keep Eastburn as a village for our future generations so they won't get on a bus in Cowling and drive past houses all the way to Bradford," said one woman.

Steeton-with-Eastburn parish council hosted the meeting so Bradford council could consult villagers on its future planning, housing and transport strategies. Council housing officers Andy Haigh and Andrew Marshall said they wanted to hear residents' views about Eastburn's needs over the next 10 or 15 years.

Local people have until January 7 to send their ideas and opinions to the council, before it prepares the first draft of the next Unitary Development Plan.

Mr Haigh said the council wanted to make urban areas attractive so less people would want to move to the countryside, and ensure amenities like public transport were in the right place for residents. Eastburn villagers demanded to know why the current UDP continues to earmark the proposed Taywood Homes site as suitable for housing.

Their concerns included potential traffic problems, loss of land for hospital expansion, the effect on wildlife and how the nearby Eastburn First School would be affected.

One young woman said: "We're not short-sighted, we know you have to build houses, but does it have to be so many? We live here because we like it as a village. You're turning it into a concrete jungle."

Mr Haigh told villagers the council must follow national guidelines when deciding planning applications, and must abide by the current UDP map until the new version is finalised.

He finished by saying: "I've got the very clear message from this meeting that you want no more development."

From the archive
© Newsquest Media Group 1999


4 Dec 1999

Coroner speaks out over family's torment

2 Dec 1999

Residents' objections raised

1 Dec 1999

'Foolish behaviour' led to taxi tragedy

27 Nov 1999

Villages fight new homes

27 Nov 1999

Sparks fly as family grapple with Yorkshire Electricity

13 Nov 1999

Anger at roundabout plan

30 Oct 1999

Country's first ever bowel cancer clinic to open

23 Oct 1999

Suicide verdicts recorded

18 Oct 1999

We're just Wild about biscuits!

16 Oct 1999

Power cascades downwards

2 Oct 1999

Old mill hazard causes concern

17 Sep 1999

Housing development plan rejected

4 Sep 1999

Couple strike Platinum - 75 years married

28 Aug 1999

Hundreds of jobs on the way

28 Aug 1999

Experts could end sewer confusion

28 Aug 1999

Steeton grab their first title in fine style

4 Jun 1999

Council signposts footpaths' future

29 May 1999

Cyclist gears up for challenge of a lifetime

29 May 1999

Bid to retain allergy clinic

19 May 1999

Police quiz two over road death

8 May 1999

Fitness franchise for Shelagh

8 May 1999

Teenager's death is 'suspicious'

6 May 1999

Fiancée's plea over death of Steeton teenager

4 May 1999

'Help us' plea in mystery of injured son

17 Apr 1999

Hooligans must be singled out

13 Apr 1999

Sprint finish the key for Barras

10 Apr 1999

Fears over school places

10 Apr 1999

No-show has councillors under attack

3 Apr 1999

Sewage fears may halt expansion

19 Mar 1999

Hope of 500 jobs as firm agrees site deal

6 Mar 1999

Chimney comes down

6 Mar 1999

MP labels Yorkshire Water `stubborn'

6 Mar 1999

Road to be made safer

4 Mar 1999

Penny gets a taste of real freedom

27 Feb 1999

Nurse steps out for charity

20 Feb 1999

Parish chairman hits back at criticism

17 Feb 1999

Come and get me!

13 Feb 1999

Arthur is choir's new president

12 Feb 1999

Call for probe into parish 'secrecy'

6 Feb 1999

Parking warning to drivers

6 Feb 1999

Sewer worries over new homes

6 Feb 1999

Two unlucky breaks

3 Feb 1999

Call to keep land for a new school

30 Jan 1999

Pedestrians cross over road to hell

15 Jan 1999

Man hit by train is killed

9 Jan 1999

Nurse inquest adjourned

9 Jan 1999

Mike Bradley heads for Africa