At the last meeting of the Forum Nick Brown, Joint Chairman gave an update on policies that are being developed as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The policies are designed to ensure the social, economic and environmental well being of the area. The major proposals cover the locations, mix and design of Housing; Education and the lack of primary school places to meet new demands and Traffic problems arising from new and proposed developments.
What is less well known is the exciting work that has been undertaken in developing ideas from the community on other issues such as;
the Identity of Adel as a green northern gateway to Leeds through increased tree planting on wide grass verges of large tree species. Also improvement to the character and appearance of the retail frontages to Otley Road incorporating tree planting where possible.
creating a network of green links between the open areas in and around Adel through new footpath links and cycle paths that connect through Adel and link to a wider city wide network. The establishment of a trim trail around Bedquilts Playing Fields.
support for the protection of heritage buildings such as Adel Parish Church and features such as Long Causeway, Scotland Mill and important historical elements within the area. A historic walk around Adel will be promoted and advertised. The redevelopment of Eastmoor (reformatory and chapel) buildings for appropriate new uses offers potential for start-up businesses.
enhancement and support of existing community facilities for use by older residents and young people also a long awaited play area for children.
promoting our offices, shops and services to residents and visitors and supporting them with professional advice on issues that affect them and networking opportunities.
Ian Bond, Joint Chairman summed up and said it was a challenging programme for the team of volunteers supported by “Locality”. He reminded everyone that the plan will become a statutory document and that the Forum would have to be consulted by anyone wishing to undertake development in Adel.