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City park plan loses funding bid
Artists' impression of the park
The park would have covered 375,000 sq ft from Jacob's Well
Plans for a 30m urban park and water feature in the centre of Bradford have suffered a blow after a bid for lottery funding failed.

The Park at the Heart scheme would have transformed an area the size of more than three football pitches, including the city's Centenary Square.

But an 11-month campaign to win 24.5m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund has been unsuccessful.

Bradford Council said it was now considering other available options.

'Huge support'

Councillor Andrew Mallinson, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "We are hugely disappointed not to have won the funding.

"It was a fantastic bid, both in terms of the design of the scheme and the economic and social benefits it would bring.

"The people of Bradford also demonstrated huge support for the project with over 31,000 residents giving it their backing.

"Whilst this is a setback, with that level of support we will be taking stock and reviewing all of the available options."

The scheme was given planning consent by Bradford Council's regulatory and appeals committee last month.

The plan featured a mirror pool, fountains, trees, a children's play area, art displays and cafes.

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