Bradford District Partnership

The BDP is the Local Strategic Partnership for the Bradford District. Here you can find out how, under the BDP, our partners (in the public, private and voluntary and community sectors) are working together to improve the quality of life for people living, visiting and working within the Bradford District.

The district includes: Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, Addingham, Wharfedale, Menston, Silsden, Craven, Ilkley, Worth Valley, Bingley, Queensbury, Wyke, Tong, Steeton with Eastburn, Oakworth, Haworth, Oxenhope, Cullingworth, Denholme, Thornton, Harden, Cottingley, Baildon.

What is the Bradford District Partnership?

The Bradford District Partnership (BDP) coordinates and supports the work of the partners and partnerships across the district. These partners share responsibility for making sure that our shared direction established via the New Deal is delivered through the new District Plan 2016 – 20.

What is the role of BDP?

The Bradford District Partnership will ensure that the District Plan 2016 - 20 is delivered in the best way possible - and that all the partners work closely together to make things happen.

In doing so it will champion the wellbeing and prosperity of all of the district’s residents and ensure that they have the opportunity to realise their true potential.

What is the District Plan 2016 - 2020?

The Bradford District Plan sets out the long-term shared ambition for our district:

“We want to make Bradford District a great place for everyone - a place where all our children have a great start in life, where businesses are supported to create good jobs and workers have the skills to succeed, a place where people live longer and have healthier lives and all our neighbourhoods are good places to live with decent homes for everyone”.

The District Plan outlines the ambition for each priority, how partners within the BDP family will work together across the district to achieve that ambition, and how we will know whether we’ve been successful.

A copy of the District Plan can be downloaded from the documents section on this page.


At a strategic level, the BDP Board provides leadership and strategic direction to the wider BDP family of partnerships on issues that influence the quality of life of those who live in, work in and visit Bradford.

As and when required, the BDP will establish links with other partnership bodies operating in the local area, region or nationally or any other bodies which it regards as strategically important to achieving the outcomes set out in the District Plan and other strategic priorities determined by BDP.

BDP Board

The BDP Board’s primary role is to provide strategic direction and oversight to the delivery of the District Plan 2016 - 20 and to provide a collective response to challenges facing the district.

Strategic Delivery Partnerships

The Strategic Delivery Partnerships include a mix of partnerships that are needed due to a statutory requirement and those that are required due to operational needs.  The strategic delivery partnerships include:

The partnerships are responsible for the delivery of specific goals and priorities within our District Plan and are ultimately accountable to the BDP Board on performance and delivery.

Consultation and engagement networks

They include a range of group and network which provide service user feedback, manage dialogue with community groups and coordinate community activity.

They include:

Task and finish groups

These time limited outcome focussed  groups are commissioned by the BDP Board to oversee the delivery of specific activity and are ultimately accountable to the BDP Board for their work.

Bradford District Compact

A new agreement was recently signed to help improve communication and understanding between the public and voluntary sector.

The agreement is called The Bradford District Compact which was first established in February 2010. An update on the agreement was needed due to changes within the public sector over the past five years. The compact sets out how the public sector will consult, engage and work with the VCS to develop, deliver and commission services for residents across the District and better meet their needs.

A copy of the compact can be found in the document section of this page.

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