Following the last post, I've had a number of people now assure me that the Ilkley Riding School rent their land (area B on this map) from Bradford Met. Now, I still have some doubts, given the official Bradford review of potential building land (page 23 on this PDF) has the land's availability as 'uncertain' which presumably it wouldn't be if BMDC owned it.
Of course, the availability might be about something other than ownership. If BMDC do own it, there's another motive for their desire to build, despite there being no need. Not only will they get a grant from government for doing so, but they'll make a profit on the development. Happy hour in central hall.
But, then, if they DO own it, how did they get it? If it's part of the 1974 settlement, it's not theirs' anyway. And independent Ilkley could/should take it back.