Fresh hope for Bradford's 'big hole'
Developer Westfield has submitted new plans for its long-awaited and much-delayed shopping centre in Bradford
Following years of setbacks, which has left the city with a large, mainly derelict building site dubbed the ‘big hole’ by locals, architect Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson has now lodged a reworked, two-phase proposal for the ‘eyesore’ plot.
Originally a £320 million scheme, the project was first mooted back in 1999. In 2004 construction work tentatively started and the buildings within the site boundary were flattened. Since then little has happened, although last nearly year half of the plot was opened up as a £300,000 temporary urban park.
The resubmitted scheme features fewer retail units - reduced by around 25 to 75 - with the number of parking spaces reduced from 1,800 to 1,345.
Duncan Bower, director of development and asset management at Westfield, said: ‘The planning application is the first step in progressing the development and we are pleased to confirm the application has now been submitted to Bradford planning service.
‘We were pleased by the response from the local community at the recent consultation event which showed that the majority of people are in favour of the new proposals.’