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Green light for pared-back Bradford Channel

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Robinson Design Group's scaled-back and long-awaited Bradford 'Channel' development has cleared its final hurdle after the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humber gave the £350 million canalside development the thumbs up.

The scheme, which lies in one of the four 'neighbourhood' petals earmarked by Will Alsop as part of his ambitious masterplan for the West Yorkshire city, had already secured planning permission from the local authority back in April (Robinson's Bradford scheme finally wins go-ahead).

The government go-ahead ends a long-running pre-construction saga surrounding the 1,800 home mixed-use project, which was originally revealed to the development world at the MIPIM property fair in March 2006.

After being unveiled, the proposals were significantly reworked and reduced in height and will now feature two smaller towers of 16 and 24 storeys, as well as a covered winter garden with cafés, bars and exhibition areas to provide a year-round leisure facility.

Harold Robinson, director of consortium Bradford Channel Limited, said:'We are now under starter's orders and have the all-clear to move forward.

'After years of negotiations and planning it is a very exciting time for us and for the city of Bradford.'

Work is expected to start on site next year.

by Richard Waite

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