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Plans finally submitted for controversial Bradford Odeon site

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Carey Jones will today (27 July) lodge plans with Bradford City Council to redevelop the site of the city’s 1930s Odeon cinema - three years after winning the original design contest

The Leeds-based practice has again revised its designs for the £55 million scheme following extensive consultation and input from regional development Yorkshirte Forward. A previous scheme was unveiled back in October 2008.

Dubbed new Victoria Place, the project for developer Langtree Artisan will see the former Odeon, which closed in 2000, flattened and replaced by an office and leisure ‘landmark’.

Campaign group BORG (Bradford Odeon Rescue Group) have fought hard to save the turreted-brick cinema and have repeatedly tried to get English Heritage (EH) to list the building, without success.

In fact the latest designs have been given a guarded thumbs up from EH.

Trevor Mitchell, planning and development regional director, Yorkshire and Humber at English Heritage, said: ‘The revised proposal respects the setting of adjacent listed buildings and provides new buildings of an appropriate quality, in a sympathetic landscaped setting, safeguarding the overall character of the city centre conservation area.

‘While the loss of the Odeon’s turrets and façade would be regretted, we are satisfied that the benefits of the proposal would outweigh the harm which it would cause. English Heritage would therefore support the revised scheme.’





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  • As with the British Museum, see other story, English Heritage seems to have lost its way and forgotten why it exists.

    The benefits of any proposal could also come from a sensitive scheme which would retain the important elements of the existing building, which should surely have been protected as it makes a positive contribution to the Conservation Area., as is national policy.

    The one pictured above is a bland lump.

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