‘Feasibility study’ to consider £7m industrial estate in Keighley

August 24, 2023
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Bradford Council is to run a ‘feasibility study’ into the work required to turn 8 acres of land it owns into a new industrial estate in the Beechcliffe area of Keighley.

The council says the procurement of consultants for the initial work is due to start, following the recent news that up to £7m has been earmarked for the development by the Keighley Towns Fund.

The Council-owned site, adjacent to the Hard Ings roundabout to the west of the A629 has been allocated for employment uses since the early 90s.

The first phase of work will be a feasibility study to look at the level of work needed to secure planning permission, remediate the site, and construct an access road, as well as upgrade the existing path which links Royd Ings with Utley with a new cycle and footpath route.

The second phase would be undertaking a full programme of work to remediate the site and deliver plots for development.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We know there’s huge demand for employment land in and around Keighley so I’m delighted this project is moving forward.

“The first stage is a feasibility study but ultimately we’re looking to create a new industrial park which will increase the opportunities for businesses in the area and generate employment opportunities for residents.”

Ian Hayfield, Chair of Keighley Towns Fund, said: “This £7m allocation is a very specific fund targeting the redevelopment of identified brownfield sites, taking the pressure off greenfield sites. The aim is to increase the supply of business accommodation in Keighley, which will bring a significant economic boost for the area.”

source: rombaldsradiodotcom