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Vacant city centre site could become EV (electric vehicle) charging hub

A city centre site has been earmarked as the location for a new electric car charging hub, with spaces for up to 24 EVs to charge.

The land – a car park area at the junction of Valley Road and North Holme Street – is a short distance from Forster Square retail park.

An application by Bradford-based Metalcraft Development Limited to install 12 EV charging units – each of which is capable of charging two vehicles at a time, has recently been revealed.

If approved by Bradford Council, the facility will be one of the largest EV charging centres in the city.

The plans also include two electricity sub-stations and access to the site would be via the existing access on North Holme Street.

The site is surrounded by vacant parcels of land that were once earmarked as being the basin for the Bradford Canal – an ambitious scheme to extend the Leeds Liverpool Canal to Bradford city centre.

The project – estimated to cost £350m, never went ahead, and much of the land that would have made up the basin has been left vacant and undeveloped.

A decision on the EV charging plan is expected next month.

On Tuesday evening Councillors will receive an update on work being done in Bradford to boost EV take up.

A report going to the Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Committee says data collected by Clean Air Zone cameras show that around 7,000 electric vehicles pass through the CAZ each day.

Data provided to the Council from a third party has shown that Ilkley has one of the highest concentrations of electric vehicle ownership in the UK.

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said: “Our electric vehicle charging programme is part of the Council’s broader drive to make our district cleaner and greener.

“We are currently rolling out £4.1m of Government funding for the upgrade of licensed taxi vehicles to a fully electric vehicle and have received 450 applications so far.

“We consider the environment and climate important priorities which is why we have committed to net zero emissions by 2038 and aim to have made significant progress made by 2030.”

The report adds: “The Council has led the way in requiring EV charge points to be installed on new developments, with over 8,000 charge points introduced since 2013.

“Updated Building Regulations state any new building project will have charge points incorporated into the building design as part of the planning conditions.”

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