Proposal for 8 Apartments Near Apperley Lane Lights Will Increase Current Dangerous Traffic Conditions

In the last few days WARD has been informed of an extremely worrying planning application on Apperley Lane, Rawdon, which is more than likely to increase the already hazardous traffic conditions around traffic lights at the Micklefield Lane/Apperley Lane junction.  An application has been lodged, with Bradford Metropolitan District Council planning department,  by Mr Patrick Knowles of Avalon, Apperley Lane, Rawdon, LS19 7DX, to build 8 two bedroomed apartments upon the site of his existing house.

Traffic on the A658 is already horrendous and queuing occurs at peak times at both the Micklefield Lane traffic lights and the JCT 600 roundabout.  Residents on this section of Apperley Lane already risk life and limb when pulling out of concealed roads and private entrances due to drivers ignoring the 30 mph speed limit on a regular basis.  Vehicle numbers are on the increase due to airport expansion and transport planners in Leeds and Bradford are continuing to ignore the blatant safety issues exacerbated by this increase in vehicle numbers.  A 2012 MET Engineering study, commissioned by WARD, confirmed the Micklefield Lane/Apperley Lane junction posed serious safety problems and these are likely to worsen with a subsequent increase in vehicle numbers in the future.

Apperley Lane residents on this section of the A658 already have great difficulty in joining the queues of traffic at peak times.  The proposed ingress and egress for the Avalon development is less than 25 metres from the traffic lights – one wonders how future residents of the proposed apartment development will manage to exit onto the A658 without posing a serious risk of accident from speeding drivers.

Apart from the obvious problems for traffic posed by this development there are other serious causes of concern amongst which are the effects on the character of this conservation area, the inappropriate design choice of building materials, the general impact on landscape, inadequate parking provision and poor, unsuitable and potential dangerous vehicular access.

Full details of this application can be found on Bradford MDC’s website at: www.bradford.gov.uk/publicaccess   Interested individuals should quote reference no: 13/02888/FUL dated 18.07.2013.  This application was validated on 5 August and placed for public viewing on the Bradford website.  Objections to this development can be by submitted by email to: planning.applications@bradford.gov.uk   These must be submitted within eight weeks from the date of validation, which means before 30 September.  You will need to place your full name and address and quote the application number: 13/02888/FUL marking the letter for the attention of Matthew Aveyard who is the Bradford Planning Officer dealing with this application.

If you feel strongly about this worrying planning proposal please submit your objections without delay.  Feel free to contact WARD directly should you require any advice.