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Bradford and Airedale PCT has started a public consultation on the relocation of the branch surgery in Hope Hill View to the site of the Cottingley Cornerstone Centre. The information, and how to respond, can be found on our website at The site gives details of two public meetings that we will be holding about the proposals and about how to respond to the consultation. We are also happy to be invited to any other community group meetings during the consultation period (until 31 August) who would like to hear more about the proposals.

T & A 26th September 2006

T & A 24th March 2006


Dancers, puppeteers, face painters, balloon modellers and choirs will help launch a local fundraising drive for Cottingley Cornerstone Centre, Bingley, at a Fun Day at Cottingley Village Primary School on Friday 25 November. Dignitaries attending include Shipley MP Philip Davies, the Most Reverend David Hope, former Archbishop of York, and Simon Cooke, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council.

The centre, which will provide wide-ranging community facilities including a hall, IT rooms, GP surgery, pre-school nursery, elderly daycare, youth rooms, respite care for young disabled people, arts and crafts room and a church, has been in the planning stages for three years and is due to start on site at Littlelands in the New Year.

Over £3.5 million has been raised to date leaving a further £500,000 to be found. This will be through a combination of local fundraising and applications to charitable trusts and foundations. HRH The Prince of Wales, who is taking a keen interest in the development, has made a donation from his own private charity.

The Fun Day will involve the whole school and feature members of Leeds dance company Ascendance Rep giving a workshop with children in the morning, Black Cat Theatre giving a shadow theatre experience throughout the day, and Lempen Puppet Theatre Company giving a shadow puppet workshop in the afternoon. In addition, face painters and balloon modellers from Event Entertainment will be at the school all day, and there will be hand painting available. The school choir will perform, as will the vocal group from Beckfoot School in Bingley.

Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cottingley Cornerstone Centre and Vicar of Cottingley, said: This is a day for everyone to come and find out more about the plans and the exciting future ahead for Cottingley. We will have drawings on display and our architect, Michael Wildblood of Wildblood Macdonald, will explain how everything fits together for those who would like more details. We hope people will come and see for themselves what all the hard work has been for and have an enjoyable time into the bargain.

Events get underway at 9.30am and continue to the end of the school day at 3pm.

For further information please contact event organiser Piers Jackson on 01422 204405, 07837 879957, or piers AT For background visit
Cottingley Cornerstone Website is unavailable at the present time - information about the centre can be obtained by contacting
Tracey Shorten on 01274512800 or email

T & A 14th January 2005

T & A 10th February 2005

Public & Legal Notices - T & A 3/12/2004
Applications under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Major Development
18) Littlelands Cottingley Bingley.
Demolition of exisiting buildings and construction of new mixed use development comprising church hall and doctors surgery with other community facilities and local authority offices and housing with associated roads and landscaping. Cottingley Cornerstone Centre. A princely sum for new centre - T & A 3/12/2004 - 04/05106/OUT

Prince boosts village project scheme with letter

'The plans for the village and Cottingley Cornerstone Centre are a shining example of what can be achieved when the community comes together to work collectively to improve the quality of life of its members'
Prince Charles

Prince Charles has written a heartfelt letter to a Bradford village hailing ambitious plans to regenerate it as "a beacon of hope for the community". In his letter, the Prince of Wales said the £3 million plans to develop Cottingley were 'a wonderful testament to the spirit and determination of local people'.

The Prince has been keeping close tabs on the progress of the Cottingley Cornerstone Centre project since he visited the village to re-dedicate a war memorial in 2002. He was left sickened and spoke of his "deep upset" after vandals had desecrated the memorial, built to commemorate villagers who fought in the First World War, at St Michael and All Angels Church just months later. St Michael's, at Littlelands, was demolished last year after being condemned as a dangerous building. But now ambitious plans aim to breathe new life into the village and include a new church and housing. After his visit Prince Charles asked three of his charities, the Prince's Foundation, The Prince's Trust and Business in the Community, to help develop the proposals on the site of the church and Littlelands Resource Centre.

The Prince's Foundation organised two workshops to brainstorm ideas. The Cottingley Cornerstone Centre will provide a large multi-use hall, meeting rooms, a computer suite, an advice centre, a doctor's surgery and facilities and day care for residents. There will also be facilities for Bradford Council's Social Service department.

The church's vicar, the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, who is described in the Prince's letter as 'remarkable', said it would help boost the project's fundraising campaign which will aim to raise £1 million from the public. In his letter Prince Charles says:

'This special community was profoundly shocked by what happened (in the vandal attack) and, in addition to an evident determination to come together in the face of this painful incident, I found that much thought was being given to the very structure of the village centre and whether it could be changed in some way to prevent such anti-social behaviour in the future.'

'My feeling was that the centre of the village was physically formed like a void rather than a heart to the community'

He said the scheme would help people feel they belonged to Cottingley and compared the plan to his famous Poundbury development in Dorchester where he built a development of houses and shops so people could live and work close together.

He said: 'I think that the resulting plans for the village and Cottingley Cornerstone Centre are a sliming example of what can be achieved when the community comes together to work collectively to improve the quality of life of its members.

'Born out of a desire to contribute to the social regeneration of Cottingley and to improve significantly the built environment, this is a wonderful testament to the spirit and determination of local people coupled with the goodwill of the local authority.

'I hope and I believe that it will become a beacon of hope for the community in years ahead and a much-treasured part of its heritage as a physical manifestation of the spirit of the place.'

Canon Pinnington said: 'I'm thrilled with his continuing support and it's going to help massively with the fundraising campaign.

'With him supporting the campaign it's a significant endorsement and it's far more than we expected.

'The letter shows his understanding of the situation and also highlights how much support really over the last two years we've had from him and it proves he's not a fairweather friend. He's sticking with the project.'

Canon Pinnington said Prince Charles had been consulted about the designs of the project and had given regular feedback to the project's architects.

'Clarence House keeps quite good contact with me personally about the project and at every stage the Prince has been involved, been consulted and has made his feelings known,' she said.

The Bishop of Bradford, the Right Reverend David James, expressed his delight that Prince Charles supported the project. He said: 'The support of the Prince of Wales is a great endorsement of this major regeneration scheme.'

The further £;2 million needed to fund the project will be raised by selling up to 50 houses, which would be sold on the site and through grants. Work is expected to start next year. Charles acclaims 'beacon of hope' - T & A 7/10/2004 e-mail: ian.briggs

The project was launched on March 3rd 2003.

This project to be built on the Littlelands and St. Michael's Church site is an exciting development in Cottingley. The concept is innovative and is being watched with interest by others Countrywide.

A Company Limited by Guarantee was set up and charitable status applied for. A Company Secretary is now installed.

The Centre will incorporate various agencies who will each have their part to play in funding as well as use of the site and facilities. The whole community is being included in the consultation as to the proposed design and layout of the building and also on the types of activities to be incorporated.

The usage proposed include:

  • Church
  • Public meeting rooms
  • Large Multi-purpose Hall
  • Elderly Day Care Centre
  • Disabled Centre
  • Integrated space for disabled people
  • GP Surgery
  • IT Computer Suite linked to Shipley College and Cottingley Village Primary
  • Homework Club
  • Pre-school Nursery Facilities
  • Dedicated Youth room
  • Craft room for displays etc.
  • Kitchen and Bar area
  • Police contact point

It is also proposed that 50 houses be built on the site.

Funding for the project will be from various sources:

  • Sale of houses
  • Capital Grants from Statutory Agencies
  • Lottery Bid
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Commercial sponsors
  • Stakeholder capital
  • Local fund raising

Fringe benefits consist of proposed one way system and radial parking at Littlelands. All work, as far as is practicable to be carried out by contractors from the Yorkshire and Humberside area. The architects of the Project are Wildblood Macdonald of Wetherby, who have a great deal of expertise in mixed use schemes.

The timeline is that Phase 1 (Vicarage and Church Hall) will start 2004/5. During this phase Littlelands Resource Centre and the Bungalows swill be utilised for continuity of services which presently use the Church Hall facilities. 'Phase 2 - demolition and replacement of Littlelands Resource Centre will follow directly on.' The project may take up to 2 years to complete.

The vital stages to come are - final committee decisions - planning applications - traffic and parking issues.

UPDATE June 2004

At a Special Neighbourhood Forum Meeting on 22nd June 2004, Peter Kay (Social Services) outlined those local authority services which are to be incorporated in the scheme, including respite care for young disabled adults, 24 hour 7 day contact centre including careline service and mobile wardens. Cottingley Cornerstone Centre Company is a registered charity and he said that funding for it should be available.

Rev. Sue Pinnington said that the issues raised at the previous meeting had been taken on board. There will be a dedicated children's worker in the Centre to deal with all child issues, security issues to be incorporated in the design, a professional survey of carparking needs had been carried out, Littlelands road to be widened and changed to a one way system. It is expected that the Centre will create new jobs for local people and that by June next year (2005) building work will have started.

The Business Plan for the whole project is in the region of ten million pounds for the entire scheme. This will be financed by sale of houses on site, various grants including lottery bid, and two to two and a half million pounds by other fundraising.

The Architects (Wildblood Macdonald) showed up to date drawings of the plans which incorporated amendments addressing the local concerns expressed following the last meeting. A formal Planning application is likely to be entered in early autumn. The scheme includes 62 car parking spaces. Similar building styles will be used for the whole scheme. The whole project is expected to take approximately two years.

The original Business Plan was prepared by Jackson Quigg Associates and they are now actively engaged in fundraising as well as supporting the Management Committee with issues concerning the Business Plan when necessary.

An artist's impression of the proposed Cornerstone Centre
An artist's impression of the proposed Cornerstone Centre

£10m plan to put Christ at the heart of the community
Charles to see plans for centre - T & A 23/4/2004
by David Markham - Article in Summer 2004 Diocese of Bradford 'NewsRound' publication.

BUILDING work on the £10 million Cottingley Cornerstones Centre and the regeneration of the centre of Cottingley is expected to start next year if Bradford Council approves the plans in late summer or early autumn.

Architects are drawing up final plans for the Cornerstones Centre, which will help to regenerate the village by providing new community facilities as well as providing a new St Michael's Church.
Bradford Council has agreed to transfer land at the Littlelands site to the Cottingley Cornerstones Centre Company.

The centre and regeneration scheme is thought to be the first church and community-led project of its type in England and has been designed using ideas and plans from Cottingley residents and the centre users.

As well as a new £400,000 church to replace the 35-year-old church building which was demolished last summer after it was found to be unsafe, the centre will provide a large multi-use hall, meeting rooms, a computer suite, nursery and pre-school centre, a police contact point, youth and elderly day care facilities and a respite unit for disabled children and young people on the site of the church and Littlelands Resource Centre.

Some 50 homes will also be built and Cottingley's GP's surgery will transfer to the site, while Bradford Council will open a 24-hour social service emergency response team based at the centre.
Chairman of the board of directors and of the trustees of the Cornerstones Centre is the vicar of Cottingley, Canon Sue Pinnington, and she and other members have been invited to discuss the plans with the Prince of Wales during the summer.

Prince Charles, who praised the project in a special message to the community in February last year, visted Cottingley in September 2002 to mark the reded-ication of the war memorial which was restored after being vandalised.

Sue said: 'The Prince of Wales has been keeping in very close touch with the project.
'He has said he would like myself and other people closely involved to go to London to view the plans and discuss the designs and various other things with us. He is very hands-on - he is seeing all the plans in this scheme and our architects have spent a long time with architects from the Prince's Foundation.
'The Prince has indicated that he would like to open the new centre.'

Sue said the total cost of the project was £10 million including the cost of housing. Applications for finance will be made to the Government, the EU, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate funders, as well as a local fundraising campaign and sponsorship from the business community.
'We will be selling land for housing and this is the main element in raising the capital required. Cottingley Cornerstones Centre Company has got to raise between £2 and £3 million of the total ourselves through fundraising ventures, of which the church's share is £400,000 - a project for the congregation - and fundraising has started.
'We hope we will be building in 2005. Building time will be between 18 months and two years.'
Sue praised residents in the village for supporting the scheme. 'Cottingley is full of really good people who take great care of their property but we have had problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour,' she said.
'However, we feel that by putting a new heart into the centre of Cottingley a lot of these issues will be tackled by having proper youth facilities.

Further Information

To see some of the functions and fundraising events in connection with Cottingley Cornerstone Centre the website can be accessed on