Bradford Canal Corridor AAP

Waterman were appointed by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) as part of a multi-disciplinary team to prepare a Masterplan for the Canal Road Corridor Action Area Plan (AAP) which covers the 5.2km corridor between Bradford City Centre and Shipley to the north.

The aim of the project was to regenerate the corridor, providing a sustainable mixed use development including up to 5,000 dwellings, that would complement existing land uses and future proposals in the area.

As part of the assessment, fluvial and surface water flood risk was mapped across the Masterplan area and a number of interventions were identified to reduce flood risk in the area, as part of a coordinated approach involving the Environment Agency, CBMDC and Yorkshire Water, as well as a numbers of other stakeholders including the public.

Previous studies had been undertaken to assess the viability of restoring the Bradford Canal to aid in regenerating the corridor.  However, Waterman considered that naturalising and daylighting (opening up) the Bradford Beck could be a more cost effective and sustainable way to increase land values.

Waterman’s study examined ‘aspirational’ and ‘minimal’ options for river restoration along the full 5.2km length of the Bradford Beck, with new riverside development and a continuous foot/cycle path provided to encourage public interaction with the naturalised river.
Strategic sustainable drainage (SuDS) options including ponds and wetlands were also provided to manage surface water runoff, improve water quality and create new habitat.

Waterman’s proposals are included in the Preferred Options Report which will form part of the final Strategic Development Framework (SDF), which will in turn inform the Issues and Options stage of the AAP.

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