Proposed new business park promises significant employment boost

A brand new business park could be developed on the edge of Keighley town centre, if planners agree.

The scheme, which would be called Providence Place, would be constructed on land in Dalton Lane. Plans submitted to Bradford Council explain the project will create smaller units for new businesses.

But there would also be three larger units, one of which could be suitable for “a national company looking to establish a new trade counter in Keighley.”

The proposals have been submitted by Modern Equipment & Foundry Engineers, a steel manufacturer which currently occupies the site.

They feature plans for office space, 17 small business units, three large business units with trade counters, and parking for 85 cars and 20 bicycles.

A corner building at the junction of Dalton Lane and Bradford Road, would be kept as a café to cater for staff at the site.

A detailed design statement accompanying the application notes there is a shortage of good quality industrial units in the rental market.

And it says there is also a requirement for smaller incubator units, as well as trade counter space.

The statement adds: “The site is clearly highlighted in development plans as an employment zone. Currently it is occupied by Modern Equipment and Foundry Engineering Ltd, a busy structural steel manufacturing company.

“Whilst this is a successful company, its current employees number below 10. This new development will encourage multiple businesses from small incubator start-ups to national providers.

“This scheme will offer significant employment opportunity in the area. From this economic objective, this site will contribute to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy to support growth, innovation and improved productivity.

“The site is within a wider context of industrial and manufacturing area. It has a long and consistent history of manufacturing and production.

“The aim of the scheme is to rationalise the site layout to achieve optimum use and utilise brown field land.

“Providence Park will contribute to the regeneration of Keighley, aligning with the ambition of Keighley Town plan for inward investment and opportunities for economic growth.”

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