April 2010 | Spring Newsletter
Manningham Masterplan
Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of our newsletter

This is our second e-bulletin, designed to keep local residents, visitors, businesses and everybody else informed of news and activity taking place in the Masterplan area. The e-bulletin will be published quarterly and will highlight achievements and developments in key areas such as improving housing conditions for residents, the creation of employment opportunities, enabling business start up / growth, and implementing environmental improvements.

Working with businesses in Carlisle Rd and Lumb Lane

Surveys and consultations took place in March with businesses along Carlisle Rd and Lumb Lane with regards to developing some designs to improve the business district in these areas. These designs will provide the basis for future work in these areas.

Working with colleagues from Be Involved, Bradford West Area Coordinators Office, GRID @ CBC and the Council’s Landscape Design Service, businesses were invited to comment on the proposed plans and give their views at two separate events held on Lumb Lane and Carlisle Rd.

The proposition of a new business forum was positively received by businesses on Lumb Lane during the business survey and consultation. It is proposed that Be Involved, Bradford West, Manningham Masterplan and the GRID* will work in partnership to organise these. Environmental improvement projects are one of the objectives of the Manningham Masterplan

Working with businesses
Further boost for Lister Mill

Bowling College is set to open a centre for English Speakers of Other Languages at Lister Mills, in Manningham. Developer, Urban Splash, has agreed a deal that will see the college take 3,865sq ft of space within the site’s Velvet Mill.

The latest deal is a further boost in the transformation of the mills following the completion of hundreds of new apartments at Silk Mill and Velvet Mills alongside Manningham Mills Community Association. The redevelopment of both former textile mills is a key part of the Manningham Masterplan.

Peter Leech, Principal of Bowling College, said "We're delighted to have extended our locations and plan for this centre to be an integral campus with future plans to add computer classes, childcare and health and social care training." Lynn Haime, associate director of Urban Splash, said: "This stunning building is home to a thriving community of commercial and residential occupiers, something we're certain the college will complement greatly."

In addition, Urban Splash has announced the roll-out of the Government's Homebuy Direct scheme at Velvet Mill, which is designed to help buyers into home ownership. The initiative, from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will now be available to people looking to buy an apartment. If customers meet the eligibility criteria, they can take out a minimum 70 per cent mortgage. The other 30 per cent would be provided as an equity loan from Urban Splash and the HCA. For more information on the HomeBuy Direct Scheme and eligibility criteria, visit: www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/home_buy

The Velvet Mill is one of two former textile buildings at Lister Mills to have been redeveloped. The 131 apartments in the first redeveloped mill, the Silk Warehouse, are now occupied whilst more than half the 196 apartments in Velvet Mill are also occupied.

Lister Mills
MMSA launches new STEPS programme

Manningham Mills Sports Association (MMSA) is currently recruiting for its April STEPS Program, scheduled to start on 19th April for local people who are interested in health and social care work.

This is a 12-week program designed to help local people become more employable and gain the confidence and skills to make positive life changes, which could lead into work, volunteering or further training. Participants are given an opportunity to gain accreditation and skills in a range of disciplines from confidence building, first aid, disability awareness, employment skills including job search and CV writing, ICT, numeracy, literacy and much more.

All sessions are designed to be fun and interactive. For more information contact Byron Francis at MMSA on 01274 491919. Supporting people into employment is a key objective of the Masterplan.

STEPS Programme
Manningham Neighbourhood Development Plan

Work will begin this month on the Manningham Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Plan will identify how and when housing and environmental projects will be funded and delivered. It will build on information in the 2005 Manningham Masterplan, and what we have learned since and include conclusions on broad current Housing Market conditions.

The Council and local organisations and business will be assisted by consultants with specific dedicated skills in delivering Housing and related projects. This will serve Manningham well as there will be a rounded approach to the area. The work will link to other activity described in this bulletin.

The Neighbourhood Housing Plan will look at the immediate prospect for improvement and how Manningham fits into future proposals within the District. Further updates on the Plan will be reported in future e-bulletins.

City of Bradford MDC
ABL and GRID @ CBC helping business

The GRID @ CBC has introduced its promotional 'Rent a Desk' scheme, to bring affordable office space to the heart of Bradford. For £125 a month, fledgling and established businesses would get their own desk, along with Wi-Fi, a phone line and printing, faxing and scanning facilities. This package is being offered with refreshments and membership to all networking events.

For more information, contact Amy Driver on 07912 123004 or email: [email protected]. Facilitating business growth is a key objective of the masterplan. The GRID*@ CBC is run by Action for Business Ltd (ABL) and is based in Carlisle Business Centre. It offers support and nurturing to new and established businesses. People who either want to start or develop their business can join the GRID*@ CBC as members and become part of the network.

Meanwhile, 7 out of 8 of the new units which were created as part of the ABL basement refurbishment have been fully let. New tenants include an online travel firm, a specialist recruitment business for the health and social care sector and an IT software business. Bradford Kickstart, the Council's enterprise support programme, had invested £176,000 in the basement refurbishment.

Future Jobs Fund begins activity in Manningham

The Future Jobs Fund has begun providing work opportunities in Manningham and has taken on the first set of employees.

The Fund aims to support people who are long term unemployed, including those aged 18-24, find jobs that will last for a minimum of 6 months and be at least 25 hours per week. The work must benefit the community and it is expected that the fund will create 594 jobs across the Bradford district.

The Manningham – based organisations who have taken staff on include: ABL (3 workers), Bradford Youth Development Partnership (2 workers), Bradford Community Environment Project (2 workers) and Manningham Mills Sports Association (2 workers).

Get Connected!

Manningham Masterplan has a Facebook group page, designed to appeal to all residents including local businesses and young people. To join, simply login (or register if you haven’t done so already and search for Manningham Masterplan.


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