Monthly Archives: December 2016

Adel Housing or Heritage, who cares?

Well a lot of people in Adel appear to care when it comes to the future of the green field land opposite The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Adel.The setting of this grade 1 listed building  could be changed irrevocably if a proposal by Hallam Land is approved to build 100 houses and allocate land for a school on the western fields on land facing the church, twixt Otley Road and Church Land.

A further major concern is the impact on highways that will add to traffic congestion on the already very busy A660, together with additional traffic generated from new housing developments in Otley and plans for developments in nearby Bramhope. The only other access out of the site runs directly through a newly build estate and on to the rural Church Lane. Traffic from the school and family houses would bring serious congestion and health and safety concerns on these roads.

Some 100 residents attended a public meeting jointly organised by Adel Forum and Adel Association in November, Chaired by Cllr Barry Anderson, to express their views to representatives from Leeds City Council. The developers declined the opportunity to attend. Since then over one hundred objections have been received by the council from residents.

Meanwhile the forum has also been considering plans for the old East Moor Reformatory site – where the Grade 2 listed building that has fallen into serious disrepair, on this brown field site. The Forum supports imaginative plans which would increase the level of housing which could lead to a reduction on the other green field sites in Adel. Leeds City Planners argue that they cannot adjust the figures to reflect this. The Forum is now seeking clarification from Sajid Javid,MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, through Greg Mulholland local MP. ‘Whoever takes this site will need an imaginative approach’ said Nick Brown, Co Chair of Adel Neighbourhood Forum ‘and one that puts housing needs before profit.’

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Adel, Leeds, Otley Road