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gazzer
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02/10/2018 : 20:24:43      reply with quote


These houses that are up for planning, anybody know the background?

These were allottments in the 1950's owned by Silsden Urban District Council. The gardeners were asked to leave because the council wished to build council houses. In the event just two houses were built then in the 1960's the council the council built some lock up garages to rent.
The land passed tp Bradford Council who maintained the garages through to the 1990's at least.I used to work on them so I know they were maintained by the council.
In 2003 Bradford Council transfered its housing stock to Incommunities and I guess that included this land.

Moving forward to the current planning application. The applicant is BCHT Development Company LTD.

The Company named on the drawings is Lumia Homes Ltd


Various names crop up with these companies so lets pick one

Geraldine Howley

May 2000 to Feb 2003 Housing Director Bradford Council

Feb 2003 to present Cheif Executive Incommunities

Dec 2006 to present Director BCHT Development Company Ltd

Feb 2006 to present Director Lumia Homes Ltd(this company may have gone into liquidation
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gazzer
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02/10/2018 : 20:31:46      reply with quote


So all these companies are Incommunities owned so why are these houses not looking like social housing
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Peter
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02/10/2018 : 21:57:12      reply with quote


STC objected to this planning application. It was included in the draft Neighbourhood Plan as green space.

There are some interesting objections to the plans on Bradford's Planning Portal

planning.bradford.gov.uk/

Then do a simple search for 18/03486/FUL




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03/10/2018 : 09:57:22      reply with quote


https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/3544396.silsden-garden-open-day/
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03/10/2018 : 10:49:53      reply with quote


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So all these companies are Incommunities owned so why are these houses not looking like social housing
I think you can safely say INCOMMUNITIES own BCHT because Incommunities Group Ltd has over 3/4 of shares, 3/4 to full of voting rights on the BCHT board panel!

On the incommunities website it states: "Incommunities Group is one of the largest social housing providers in the UK. The Group was formed as BCHT (Bradford Community Housing Trust) following the transfer of housing stock from Bradford Council in February 2003.


It would appear that BCHT is still going and did not fully merge or split!


Is there a conflict of interest?

Possibly.. because there values appear very different!


BCHT
is classified as "other social work activities without accommodation n.e.c.


whereas

INCOMMUNITIES

Have values towards aspects of social housing!

They say on there website the following:

We Believe
Everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Communities should be great places in which to live


If BCHT is classifed as "other social work activities without accommodation n.e.c. then why are they building private houses?
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03/10/2018 : 11:21:56      reply with quote


Interestingly!!

https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/16955078.recipe-for-fundraising-success/
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03/10/2018 : 12:24:23      reply with quote


It sounds like the land should have been registered to have Village Green Status ..... a long time ago.

https://www.out-law.com/topics/property/planning/registering-town-and-village-greens/

As far as I can remember the land has to been used by the public for at least 20 years.



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03/10/2018 : 17:33:37      reply with quote


It appears bat boxes were made by Hothfield Street schoolchildren https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/3168930.silsden-school-gardening-workshop/
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