New build plan on Kirkgate in Bradford city center

A BUILDING that has stood empty in the heart of Bradford city center for some time could be revived if plans are approved.

An application has been made for 61-65 Kirkgate, next to McDonald’s, to split it into three units and create nine one-bedroom apartments on the first and second floors.

There would also be storefront work, a balcony and additional windows on the upper floors.

The building was once occupied by the Halifax Bank and later by a clothing store, but has seen “little interest” since being empty.

The app details how the plan could improve the street, which has seen several stores and retailers open, close and relocate over the years.

A document filed as part of the proposal, submitted by Aiman ​​Hamayel, states: “The building has been empty for some time and there is little interest in it.

“The application seeks approval to bring a significant building back into service on Kirkgate.

“An approval of the application will maintain the street scene and prevent further deterioration of the structure.

“Demand for larger advertisements has dropped in the BD1 postcode over the years.

“Creating smaller units will allow niche and smaller-scale businesses to open and trade.

“The creation of one-bedroom apartments will enable downtown living for potential occupants.

“Given the size and layout of the apartments, these will be finished to a high standard and specification.”

He adds: ’61-65 Kirkgate is a 20th century building located in the inner city conservation area and is not listed.

“The request is to improve the facade with new windows and a storefront.

“The building is intended to make a neutral contribution to the conservation area, with the proposal having no significant impact on the character of the area.”

The application adds: “The intention is for this area to become a vibrant mix of national and local retail/restaurant/café/takeaway uses on the ground floor levels and residential on the upper floors (a mixture of residential and group types).

“This will actively reuse redundant spaces on the upper floors and help create a self-sustaining local community.”

The application says the program was developed to “ensure good design” and that the commercial use and apartments will “ensure the continued use of the building while providing employment opportunities for the locality”.

A deadline for determining the candidacy has been set for June 28.

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