Bradford 'Eyesore' Pub Set To Be Demolished

'The Gallopers' on Wakefield Road in Bradford. Picture courtesy of Google Street View

A planning application has been submitted to pull down the derelict building on Wakefield Road.

A landmark Bradford pub could be demolished to make way for a new development.

A planning application to demolish the now derelict The Gallopers pub building on Wakefield Road has been submitted to Bradford Council.

The 1970s pub which is on one of the main routes into the city centre from the M606 has been empty and boarded up for a number of years. The application says it has also been a target for vandalism.

Fuzail Patel of the Redbeck Group is behind the planning application, and although it does not reveal the future of the site once the pub has been demolished, the company runs petrol filling stations and linked convenience stores in Rotherham, Wakefield and Manchester.

Recent changes to planning law require developers to apply for planning permission before the demolition of a pub or former pub.

The planning application says:

“The Public House was constructed in the 1970s and following a downturn in profitability closed and was sold.

“The site has now stood derelict with the entrances and windows boarded over for a number of years. Our client is currently developing plans for the re-generation of the site in order to bring new jobs into the area.

“The client has concerns over the security of the site with the derelict building being the subject of vandalism and as such they are seeking permission to demolish the existing public house, leaving the site level and secure until the future development is ready to commence.

“The premises stands in a prominent location to the side of Wakefield Road (A650) which is one of the main arterial routes into Bradford from the South East, the current derelict building does not represented an aesthetic face to visitors entering the city.

“The demolition of this premises will open the site up for future development.”

The 500 square metre building is on the junction of Wakefield Road and Lister Road.

Last month Bradford Council approved plans to convert another pub building further up Wakefield Road into offices.

Bridge-It Enterprises was granted planning permission to convert the ground floor of the Grade II listed former Napoleon into an office open to the public, and the first and second floor into general office use.

A decision on the application is expected in April.

In May Bradford Council are due to decide whether another derelict Bradford pub can be demolished.

Bradford Trident submitted an application to raze the New Inn on Manchester Road and build a development of light industrial units in its place.

That pub is considered one of the city’s biggest eyesores, and has been empty for well over a decade.

Last year the Council granted permission for two pub buildings to be demolished. The Branch pub on Bradford Road in Shipley was flattened by Bradford Council in preparation for a multi million pound road widening scheme.

And nearby Oddfellows Hall on Otley Road was demolished after its owners told the Council safety issues meant refurbishing the building was not an option.

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