The Canal Road Corridor (CRC) has been designated as Bradford’s fourth priority regeneration area for the following reasons:
- strategic location within both the district and region
- mix of land uses
- connection with the other Masterplan areas
- range of major development opportunities
At present the Corridor also serves as a major transport route within the district running through areas of mixed land uses, some of which are neglected, underperforming and poorly connected. However the area has the potential for significant improvement that could produce significant benefits for local people and the district as a whole.
The corridor’s future therefore needs to be considered in its entirety and importantly in terms of its linkages with neighbouring areas. This is to be addressed through the production of a Masterplan for the long term which will in turn form the basis for an Area Action Plan (AAP). This will form the planning policy for the area, guiding and coordinating all future development.
In the summer of 2010 the Council produced a brief for a Masterplan for the Canal Road Corridor. Interviews were held in July and specialist consultants, Building Design Partnership (BDP) were selected and commissioned to produce the Masterplan. This commission is now ongoing and is due for completion in 2011 paving the way for the Area Action Plan to be prepared and adopted during 2012.