Keighley is on the brink of a major transformation as initial site investigation works are poised to kick off on the ambitious Beechcliffe Industrial Estate, backed by a substantial £6 million investment from the Government-funded Keighley Towns Fund.

The eight-acre site, owned by the Council and strategically located adjacent to the Hard Ings roundabout on the western side of the A629, has been earmarked for employment purposes since the early 90s. The upcoming development aims to breathe new life into this area, with plans set in motion for a comprehensive overhaul.

Commencing the week of 12 February, the first phase of the project involves a few weeks of intense site surveying and investigation works. However, residents and pedestrians should be prepared for the temporary closure of the footpath and cycle route that traverses the site during this period.

The subsequent phase will see a comprehensive remediation program for the site, paving the way for the creation of development plots. Additionally, an access road will be constructed, accompanied by an upgrade to the existing footpath and cycle route, creating a seamless link between Royd Ings and Utley.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This is an incredible opportunity to develop a redundant brownfield site which has been allocated for employment use for more than 30 years. The town needs more modern industrial accommodation to meet demand, and this scheme will go some way to addressing that.”

Liz Barker, acting chair of Keighley Towns Fund, said: “This £6m 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.”

Part of the Keighley Towns Fund, the ‘Development Investment Fund,’ earmarked £14 million to revitalize derelict buildings and vacant sites across Keighley. It is from this fund that the substantial £6 million for the Beechcliffe Industrial Estate project has been allocated, marking a crucial step toward rejuvenating the region and fostering economic growth.