Bradford Valley NDF

Living Landscapes, Beckside Park
Living Landscapes, Beckside Park
Urban Living, Thornton Road
Urban Living, Thornton Road
Valley NDF
Valley NDF
Valley NDF Proposals Plan
Valley NDF Proposals Plan
URBED's plans for the Valley made front page news of the Telegraph and Argus
URBED's plans for the Valley made front page news of the Telegraph and Argus
Project date
29.08.2005
Type
  • Strategy
  • Training
Location
Yorkshire and the Humber
Clients
Bradford Centre Regeneration and Bradford MBC
Associated team members
Associated documents

The Valley Neighbourhood Development Framework (NDF) is one of four NDFs that have been prepared to implement the Bradford City Centre Masterplan. The Valley NDF covers an area to the west of the City Centre between the University and Westgate and extending westwards as far as City Road.

The area is within the valley of the Bradford Beck and at the heart of the area is Goitside, an area of historic warehouses on northern side of the valley. The area was once the economic heart of the city when Bradford was world capital of the worsted trade. This was the business end of the worsted trade, unlike Little Germany which contained the sales offices. As a result the buildings of Goitside are more utilitarian but historically they are just as important. Indeed the townscape of the area, with its stone warehouses on the steeply sloping valley sides, is probably unique in the UK.

Unlike the other NDFs the proposals in the City Centre Masterplan have been substantially revised in this NDF. The park was originally proposed along the valley because the property market was too weak to take up all of the available land in the area. Since that time the market has been transformed and it was therefore important to evolve the park proposals to reflect this. Furthermore Goitside was not included in the City Centre Masterplan because it had been subject to a separate masterplanning exercise. However, the Goitside Partnership requested that it be included in this NDF. The Valley NDF has therefore developed a new set of proposals for the area drawing on these previous strategies along with a detailed baseline analysis of the area. These proposals are based around four themes, each of which has been developed into four potential regeneration projects.

This Neighbourhood Development Framework has been undertaken by a team led by URBED and comprising Landscape Projects, King Sturge and Transportation Planning Partnership. We were also supported by a Steering Group chaired by Chris Taylor, Vice Chancellor of Bradford University, and including Bradford Centre Regeneration, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Bradford College and the Goitside Partnership.