New multi-million pound industrial estate considered for Keighley

The procurement of consultants for a feasibility study into the development of a multi-million-pound industrial estate in Keighley is due to start.

An investment of up to £7m from the Keighley Towns Fund has been earmarked for the development of the eight-acre site, known as Beechcliffe.

The Council-owned site, adjacent to the Hard Ings roundabout to the west of the A629 has been allocated for employment uses since the early 90s.

The first phase of work will be a feasibility study to look at the level of work needed to secure planning permission, remediate the site, and construct an access road, as well as upgrade the existing path which links Royd Ings with Utley with a new cycle and footpath route.

The second phase would be undertaking a full programme of work to remediate the site and deliver plots for development.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We know there’s huge demand for employment land in and around Keighley so I’m delighted this project is moving forward.

“The first stage is a feasibility study but ultimately we’re looking to create a new industrial park which will increase the opportunities for businesses in the area and generate employment opportunities for residents.”

Ian Hayfield, Chair of Keighley Towns Fund, said: “This £7m allocation is a very specific fund targeting the redevelopment of identified brownfield sites, taking the pressure off greenfield sites. The aim is to increase the supply of business accommodation in Keighley, which will bring a significant economic boost for the area.”

From the Keighley Towns Fund money, £14m has been specifically allocated to transform derelict buildings or empty sites in Keighley, called the ‘Development Investment Fund.’ It is from this fund that the £7m for this project has been allocated.

About the Towns Fund

The Towns Fund is a Government-funded support programme to boost the economies of towns across the UK. The programme is part of the Government’s Levelling Up plan. Decisions on grants are made by Towns Fund boards for each town, which are made up of private sector representatives with support from Bradford Council.