A housing development project from the station made famous by The Railway Children was turned down.
A planning application for nine homes in Mytholmes Lane in Oakworth was first revealed earlier this summer. But Bradford Council has now rejected the plans, saying the green belt location of the site meant it was ‘completely unacceptable’.
The houses are said to have been built a short distance from the village train station which was the main location for the beloved family film. Part of the site is opposite a property on Station Road which doubled as the home of Bernard Cribbins’ character Station Master Perks in the film. The land is a green belt and is currently used as informal parking.
The application, by the Standard Life Trustee Company, said the land had “an appearance of neglect”, adding: “The development of this small site will not undermine the purpose of the green belt.”
Among those who opposed the plans was councilor Rebecca Poulsen. She said: ‘Access is either via Station Road, over a level crossing and along a single carriageway with a 90 degree bend, or via the narrow Vale Mill Lane and a dangerous bend without visibility of oncoming traffic. If vehicles pass each other along this section of road, they must drive up the sidewalk section to be passed. Part of the road has no sidewalk and the difficulties of access make it dangerous for pedestrians. Given the proximity to the historic Oakworth train station, this area attracts a large number of tourists, making access even more difficult to navigate.
Planning officers have now denied the request. They said: “Clearly this development is completely unacceptable given its location in the green belt. It has not been demonstrated that the new accommodations would not have an additional impact on openness. The proposed development would constitute an inappropriate development within the green belt and in the absence of any significant demonstration of very particular circumstances, which could justify the proposal being treated as an exception. The nine houses and ancillary development would appear to be a sprawl and would be contrary to the aims of the green belt. »