Friday, 20 March 2015

Wasted land


This is another view of the area in Shipley where a proposal has been made to build a supermarket and housing. It used to be the line of a canal spur that branched off the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and made its way down to the centre of Bradford, so that supplies could be carried by barge into the city and wool textiles shipped out to the docks at Liverpool. Long since filled in, the area is now just wasteland. I think at one time there was a small mill along here but any such buildings have now disappeared. It is a pity it remains in limbo, neither used constructively for much needed housing (it may have a flood issue but surely that could be overcome?) nor developed into an attractive area for recreation. They are gobbling up 'greenfield sites' for development and yet they leave 'brownfield' areas like this to deteriorate.

2 comments:

  1. There doesn't seem to be much actual planning done by the planners, does there? We have one horrendously busy road leading into Cambridge - guess where they're planning to build all the houses...

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  2. What to you seems to be wasteland...
    is to me, a wildlife corridor!
    Not all wasteland is as it seems....
    there are quite a number of birds that use this corridor...
    and the area is alive with insects.
    If only they'd leave the grassland to grow and just mow in September....
    you would see a different aspect of this space...
    in winter it does look bleak... in summer it doesn't.

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