The 2012 Silsden Survey is Published

On Thursday 6 February the printed version of the 2012 Silsden Survey was presented to Silsden Town Council by Michael Elsmore. Copies of the survey will be available to be collected from the Post Office and other outlets, and an online version is available here.

The survey is the culmination of many hours of work completed by volunteers on behalf of Silsden Town Council.

The Survey will form the base for the Town Council to draw up the Town Plan, which will in turn be incorporated into the Local Development Framework.

The  Mayor of Silsden, Chris Atkinson, thanked Michael Elsmore and everyone involved with the project. He said “the results of the survey would be a great help to the planning of Silsden’s future”.



So what has been happening to the Silsden Town Survey and why has it all gone quiet?

For all of you who completed the survey a very big thank you, there were some interesting (and some surprising) results, but that is an observation from a cursory glance.

There were about 400 surveys which were completed online and another 650 completed in paper form.

The online version answers can be analysed fairly easily but the delay has been getting the paper versions put into the online format so that all the results can be analysed. Converting the results has taken time as we (the survey group) investigated the cost of entering the data from the paper surveys. Evenually we found an acceptable solution and We expect to see some results this week, this should allow us to release some meaningful results from the tick box parts of the survey.

If you remember the questionaire had space for you to express you views on subjects which didn’t fall into tick box categories – this will be the subject of the next part of our project. Many of the open questions were reinforcing tick box answers and some were a unique point – they all have to be noted and brought together into a meaningfull report which will become part of the Silsden Town Plan.

Than you for your patience, something is happening – honest!

Thank you, but we need more completed surveys

Thank you to all of you that have completed the survey. happy :)
So far we have had about 900 completed forms (paper version and online).

If your survey form has not been collected please put your completed form in the collection box you will find in the Post Office, Library or the Co-Op.

There are about 8000 residents in Silsden so 900 completed surveys is only a fraction of the population of Silsden eligible to complete the Survey. We would like everyone to let us know their views on what YOU WANT for Silsden in the future. If you have not personally completed the survey please complete it online, it should only take a few minutes of your time, but your views will be valued by the whole community.

Complete the online survey here

Of the surveys completed so far:
only one was completed by someone under 16
5% were in the 16 – 24 age group

If you are in this group tell us what you would like in Silsden complete the survey here

We will keep the Survey open until the end of April, the results will then be collated. The collation process is likely to take some time to complete because all the paper form data has to be entered into the electronic system. It is hoped we can publish an interim report at the end of June. The final report will be published when available.

Silsden would grow by a half under framework


Silsden would grow by a half under framework

8:20am Wednesday 4th January 2012

By Jo Winrow

A total of 1,700 new homes will be needed in Silsden according to draft plans by Bradford Council as part of its Local Development Framework.

The district-wide blueprint details a broad approach to where 45,500 homes could be built across the district until 2028.

The locations which will be allocated for homes are yet to be decided but in a first step, an assessment of available land in Silsden identifies a total of 14 sites as having the potential for house-building.

Out of these, planners believe 13 plots could be delivered within the 17-year timeframe of the assessment. Eleven of these are classed as greenfield sites, one is previously developed land – or brownfield – and another is mixed.

In total Council planners believe the 71.6 hectares of land could be used for 1,592 homes, which is just short of the target in the draft LDF. Four are classed as suitable for development now. And nine are potentially suitable given policy constraints, such as being in the green belt or safeguarded land.

Key larger sites include 20 hectares at Brown Bank Lane to the east of Silsden, which could provide space for 536 homes. The site contains farm holdings and is divided by country lanes and footpaths, as well as by Bolton Road and Brown Bank Lane. A relief road would be needed in advance of any development, but planners still believe it could be developed in the longer term.

And a neighbouring site at Bolton Road and Brown Bank Lane would need to be developed in conjunction. The eight-hectare plot comprises uneven fields and former allotments to the east of Silsden, with residential development on its west side. It could provide the space for 223 homes.

In addition a collection of fields at Keighley Road and Belton Road have already seen interest from developers and may be able to accommodate some development before the eastern relief road is required. Planning experts believe 344 homes could be built on the safeguarded green field site.

Furthermore a plot of nearly nine hectares at Hainsworth Road, could provide for 248 homes on fields to the south side of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The majority of the site is fields used for grazing and the eastern relief road would be required before the site can be developed.

The report states: “Silsden has a modest supply of land which is suitable now and could be delivered in the short term. The larger supply of land comes from sites allocated as safeguarded land in the RUDP, some which could be brought forward in the medium term, but the majority in the longer term given the off-site infrastructure requirements. Further residual yield beyond year 17 extends the potential capacity of the settlement to around 2,000 new homes.

“Silsden has limited capacity for recycling beyond year six with the large proportion of site opportunities on greenfield land. Only two of these sites are within the green belt with a small potential yield of 83 units which could suggest that there would be no requirement to look further green belt releases over and above land allocated as safeguarded land.”

Local Conservative councillors have expressed concerns over what would effectively be an increase in the number of homes in the town of about a half.

Councillor Adrian Naylor said he wanted to see more detailed work on the infrastructure that would be needed to support such a level of development, such as education and a relief road.

Councillor Michael Kelly said he too was concerned about schooling as most of the primaries in the area were already full. He added: “Without a relief road, I can’t see how the town could possibly cope with the additional traffic that this number of homes would bring.”


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Silsden residents have say on future planning


Silsden residents have say on future planning

8:20am Saturday 7th January 2012

By Clive White

Silsden residents are to be asked their views as part of efforts to create a new town plan.

The town council is drawing up the plan to help guide future development in the area.

It has almost completed a questionnaire which is due to be delivered to most properties in Silsden.

A town council spokesman said it was important that residents had their say.

He said: “We want to hear your views, concerns and ideas for making Silsden an even better place in which to live, work and play.”

The plan will provide information for Bradford Council’s district development plan and give Silsden Town Council a chance to influence Bradford’s decisions.

Similar plans have been devised in recent years by Keighley Town Council and several parish councils in the area. The plans identify the priorities of residents on issues such as education, crime and the environment and set out visions for the future.

In Steeton, residents’ suggestions for their parish plan led to the council successfully raising £200,000 for a new community centre next to the bowling green.


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The Silsden Survey 2012

The last Silsden Town Survey was completed in 2001, you can see the results here. and the final report and conclusions here (the conclusions are in the green boxes)Views provided in the 2001 survey have helped to shape the facilities and services which have been provided in Silsden since 2001, but the time has now come to ask the people of Silsden how they would like to see Silsden develop over the next decade.

The Silsden Town Survey can only be representative if it has good support from the population. A lot of time has already been put into this project by a small group of individuals but the time has come to ask for your help – to distribute and collect the forms. We will also need help to collate and analyse the results.

What will happen to the results of the survey? – it will form the base of the Silsden Town Plan which will influence the The Local Development Framework. Bradford Council is currently consulting the public on proposals for the Local Development Framework (LDF), a plan to shape the future of housing across the district.

Your views are very important to influence how Silsden will develop over the next few years.