Harden Neighbourhood Development Plan - Regulation 16 Consultation

Ended on the 15 August 2022



6.0.1 Excavations on Leech Lane led to discoveries of pottery, coins and elephant ivory which suggest Harden was once a Roman settlement around 150 AD. The first written record of Harden is in the Domesday Book of 1086 written as 'Hateltone' or 'Hateltun. Presently, there are some examples of buildings dating back to the 17th century with many more examples from the 18th and 19th centuries.

6.0.2 Harden, like many settlements in the area was predominantly home to agricultural workers, and later, mill workers. Many of these buildings are still

present today, although most now serve alternative uses, such as residential and have been altered over time, meaning many no longer contain all of their original architectural features.

6.0.3 The Neighbourhood Plan seeks to protect heritage assets, and supports their sensitive enhancement and restoration. Listed buildings and monuments are sufficiently covered and protected by national and local planning policy so these are not addressed in this section.


  • 43 people felt the Neighbourhood Plan should promote heritage and conservation
  • Retaining the character of the village was the most popular response when people were asked what Harden should be like in 15 years with 34 responses


  • Conserve local heritage and ensure new developments are in keeping with the local character
  • Promote sensitive enhancement and /or restoration of non-designated heritage assets


6.2.1 St Ives Estate is a 550 acre Grade II Listed historic park and gardens containing a variety of buildings of historical interest. The estate is highly valued locally and regionally as a place of recreational, ecological and heritage value.

6.2.2 St Ives estate is a Local Wildlife Site and is within the Bradford Wildlife Habitat Network. The estate comprises ancient semi-natural woodland, deciduous woodland, and lowland fens which support a variety of flora and fauna. Within the estate are locally significant artefacts such as Lady Blantyre's Rock and the William Busfeild Ferrand Obelisk Monument - two memorials built in honour of former residents of the estate.

6.2.3 St Ives is well used by residents and visitors – attracting around 300,000 visitors annually including walkers, bird watchers, anglers, horse riders. The estate includes public amenities such as a large children's play area, a café, and public toilets.

6.2.4 There are 14 listed buildings or monuments within the estate including Old Harden Grange a country house dating back to early to mid 17th Century and St Ives Mansion House dating back to mid to late 19th Century. Also within the estate are residential properties, several business premises, St Ives golf course, and St Ives discovery centre.

6.2.5 The Neighbourhood Plan will work closely with Bradford Council and the many stakeholders involved in the estate, including the Friends of St Ives, a local group promoting activities on the estate, whilst aiming to conserve its traditions.

6.2.6 List of listed buildings / monuments:

  1. Cairns
  2. Ryecroft Farmhouse
  3. Barn immediately to the north of no.13 Ryecroft
  4. 13 Ryecroft
  5. Ivy House Farmhouse (Ryecroft)
  6. Hill End farmhouse
  7. Hostel Stone
  8. Goit stock cottages
  9. Ivy House Farmhouse (Harden)
  10. Harden Hall
  11. Garden wall and mounting block attached to south front of Harden Hall
  12. Entrance gatepiers and wall with balcony attached to barn aproximately 10 metres east of Harden Hall
  13. Barn approximately 10 metres east of Harden Hall
  14. Barn approximately 25 metres south east of Harden Hall
  15. Harden Beck Bridge
  16. Harden Wesleyan Methodist Church
  17. Harden War Memorial
  18. Harden Congregational Church
  19. 2-3 Crowther Fold
  20. Ferrands Stone
  21. Wood Bank
  22. 22. Stable block architecture Harden Grange Farm
  23. Footbridge over Harden Beck
  24. Entrance gate piers to St Ives Estate
  25. Betty's Lodge
  26. Barn Low Park
  27. Outbuilding approximately 15 metres north east of number 3 Cuckoo Nest
  28. Steps, gate piers and flanking walls to front of Cuckoo Nest
  29. Cuckoo Nest
  30. Footbridge approximately 10 metres east of coppice pond
  31. Dutch barn to rear of the home farm building at St Ives
  32. Wall to rear of the cottage at Old Harden Grange forming walled garden
  33. The cottage attached at right angles to north west corner of Old Harden Grange
  34. Wall attached to south front of the cottage at Old Harden Grange
  35. Old Harden Grange
  36. St Ives Mansion House
  37. The stable block used by Turf Research Institute

MAP 7 - Listed buildings and scheduled monuments

Listed buildings and scheduled monuments


New developments will be expected to respect and protect non-designated heritage assets and their settings. The level of protection should be commensurate to the level of designation of the asset.

The development or alteration of a non-designated heritage asset should be undertaken sensitively, respecting the historical and architectural integrity of the buildings. Proposals to restore non-designated heritage assets and original features will be supported, providing all other material planning considerations are satisfied.

The following buildings and structures are to be included as Non- designated heritage assets (refer to Harden Neighbourhood Plan Non Designated Heritage Assets Assessment document for methodology and justifications) :

  1. Old Police House, Keighley Road
  2. 1, 1a, 3, 5, 7, 9 Keighley Road & 10, 12 Long Lane
  3. Telephone Box, off Keighley Road/Long Lane
  4. St Saviour's Church, Long Lane
  5. Harden Primary School, Long Lane
  6. Shops adjacent to the Golden Fleece Public House, Long Lane
  7. The Golden Fleece Public House
  8. 23 – 37 Lane End
  9. Spring Row
  10. Cockcroft Fold, Harden Road
  11. Cockcroft Old Mill, near Harden Beck
  12. Moor Edge High Side
  13. Park View Terrace, Moor Edge
  14. Stone Terrace, Moor Edge
  15. 1-5 Anthony Lane
  16. Old Oak Farm, Anthony Lane
  17. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Harden Brow
  18. 1 Bradley Square
  19. 2 Keighley Road
  20. Memorial Hall, Wilsden Road
  21. Harden Park Lodge, Harden Park
  22. 3-15 Wilsden Road
  23. Hard Hill Houses
  24. Field Head, Wilsden Old Road
  25. Barn adjoining Field Head Farm, Wilsden Old Road
  26. 19-21 Wilsden Old Road
  27. Former Wesleyan Chapel 25 Wilsden Old Road
  28. Chapel House, 23 Wilsden Old Road
  29. Old Rectory, Wilsden Old Road
  30. The Barn, Wilsden Old Road
  31. Beck Cottage, Wilsden Old Road
  32. 1-10 Harden Beck
  33. 40-80 Long Lane
  34. 132-146 Long Lane, including former Black Bull public house
  35. Braes Castle off Long Lane
  36. Shackleton House Farm, off Long Lane
  37. Pepper Hill Farm, Ryecroft Road


6.2.7 This policy seeks to protect heritage assets from development and supports their sensitive enhancement and restoration. 43 people felt the plan should include policies that promote heritage and conservation at the initial engagement exercises. This is a non-exhaustive list and may be added to in the future.

This policy seeks to achieve aims & objectives 3, 4.

This policy aligns with CBMDC adopted core strategy 2017 policies PN1, EN3.




Stone walls, including areas of historic dry-stone wall should be retained and restored using local stone and traditional techniques wherever possible in new developments or in refurbishments.


6.2.8 Dry stone walls are a defining feature of Harden that contributes to the rural character of the village. This policy seeks to ensure that existing stone walls are retained, wherever possible, where planning permission is required.'

6.2.9 For over 300 years quarrying was prominent on the western edge of Harden Moor with many quarrymen residing in the hamlet of Ryecroft. Yeadonian Sandstone quarried here was used to build many local buildings and dry stone walls. Stone was also quarried in Harden to help build Saltaire.

6.2.10 Engagement exercises identified that:

  • Dry stones walls are a defining characteristic of Harden that are locally valued
  • 43 people felt the plan should include policies that promote heritage and conservation at the initial engagement exercises.

This policy seeks to achieve aims & objectives 3, 4.

This policy aligns with CBMDC adopted core strategy 2017 policy EN3.





The views and vistas within Harden village and into Harden village should be retained. Development affecting these views and vistas should be designed in such a way so as not to have a significant adverse impact on their visual quality and amenity. Applications should demonstrate any impact development proposals may have on the views identified below:

  1. View south from Harden Road
  2. View north from Harden Road
  3. Panoramic view from Harden Moor
  4. Views south from Ryecroft
  5. View south from Long Lane towards Wilsden


6.2.11 The local topography and landscape provide many great views and vistas of the surrounding area. These are highly valued by residents and visitors and contribute to the rural character of Harden.

6.2.12 The views included in this policy have been suggested by members of the project group. A key view assessment has been undertaken using the Ryecroft Conservation Area appraisal and the Wilsden Landscape Character Supplementary Planning Document, and is contained in the evidence base and appendix to the Neighbourhood Plan. The views included in this policy are non-exhaustive and may be added to or amended in the future.

6.2.13 Initial engagement identified that:

  • The rural nature, countryside and green spaces were the 2nd most popular response to what people like to most about Harden.
  • Green spaces was the most important issue when people were asked what the Neighbourhood Plan should cover.

This policy seeks to achieve aims & objective 4.

This policy aligns with CBMDC adopted core strategy 2017 policy EN3.




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