The initiation of the process to engage consultants for conducting a feasibility study into the establishment of a multi-million-pound industrial estate in Keighley is scheduled to commence.

A sum of up to £7 million from the Keighley Towns Fund has been designated for investment towards the advancement of the eight-acre site, known as Beechcliffe.

Owned by the Council, the site is situated adjacent to the Hard Ings roundabout towards the western side of the A629, and it has been designated for employment purposes since the early 1990s.

The initial phase of the activity will involve a feasibility study aimed at assessing the extent of tasks required to attain planning permission, undertake site remediation, construct an access road, and enhance the existing pathway connecting Royd Ings with Utley. This enhancement includes the creation of a new route for cycling and walking.

Subsequently, the second phase will encompass the execution of a comprehensive program to remediate the site and establish parcels of land 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 a 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.”

Out of the funds provided by the Keighley Towns Fund, £14 million has been specifically allocated for the revitalisation of neglected structures and vacant locations in Keighley, known as the ‘Development Investment Fund.’ It is from this fund that the £7 million for the aforementioned project has been assigned.