Despite enjoying strong protection against misguided planning proposals
, there are challenges. The biggest was a 2015 proposal to site an “innovation centre” at Milner Field Farm and to close that farm. The proposer was Yorkshire’s 15th richest person.
Milner Field was the mansion of Titus Salt jr. The farm, a ‘model farm’, was the Salts’ ‘home farm’ and therefore a highly significant part of Saltaire’s history. It is not in the World Heritage Site but it is in the Site’s ‘buffer zone’. The farm’s boundary is less than 10 minutes walk from the World Heritage Site boundary.
Local historians were at the forefront of a mighty battle which lasted for the best part of two years and hit the regional headlines. The outcome was the withdrawal of the applications - and they have not been re-submitted.
It was this battle that led to the Club adopting as a key purpose “to support theintegrity of the World Heritage Site”. Today, thankfully, the threats are less spectacular. But the Club remains on the alert.