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Minutes of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum, 7th February 2017

Held on Tuesday 7th February 2017 in Adel War Memorial Association

Attendees: Ian Bond (Co-Chair), Nick Brown (Co-Chair), John Hartley, Jeremy Emmott, Francis Garbutt, Cllr. Barry Anderson, Cllr. Caroline Anderson (Minutes) (all from Steering Group), plus 6 local residents.

Apologies: Received from Grace Clark, Geoff Steel, Graham Bond (Treasurer).

  1. Feedback from public consultation

Jeremy gave the feedback from the most recent public consultation. 4 events were held; approximately 180 people attended the sessions. 36 questionnaires were completed plus 2 questionnaires received from developers.

There was support across the board for our Plan policies. Disagreement came from those who objected to development on Church Lane and the land south of Dunstarn Lane.  Some comments were made about no provision for cycling.

The next step is to get our final version of the plan to the Council and for the Inspector to receive it. It will then go to Referendum.

  1. Addressing comments made by Leeds City Council on the draft plan

Ian advised that we could take on board most of the comments the Council has made. There is a difficult decision to be made in when to submit the Plan. The Council say they would not accept it if it does not conform to the Council’s Site Allocations Policy (SAP).

Cllr. Barry Anderson outlined the SAP timetable. A review of the Core Strategy will take place concurrently.

  1. Planning Application – Church Lane/Otley Road

There are 120 objections on the planning portal. The Steering Group has worked through the documents on the portal. We have raised issues about highways. Ian read out the objection from Historic England. The Planning Officer is regarding the first letter from Historic England as their substantive response.

Explanation was given about the land for the school and the status a school would take i.e. a Free School or an Academy.

A short discussion was held on the Government’s Housing White Paper that was issued today.

  1. Adel Reformatory Site (Eastmoor)

Nick updated the meeting on the Reformatory site. This has been on the market and offers for bids closed 2 weeks ago. If a bid is accepted and a scheme put forward we should be made aware of this soon.

  1. Dunstarn Lane site

The Heath site which was been agreed as a site to develop a number of years ago is in the process of going through the planning stages. The developer listened to residents’ concerns and has made some changes, following the public consultation events. The Council are not content with these changes and are in discussions with the developer.

The adjacent site at Dunstarn Lane is in the Site Allocations Plan for future development. A bungalow on Dunstarn Lane has been bought by a developer and this would give access to this adjacent land.

  1. Green space

Ian explained that we need to ensure that where there is green space in Adel that this is afforded protection e.g. the American Plantation and the land opposite Adel Wood Stores.

Paul Simkins, who is leading on green space for the Forum, is to be asked to bring his green space display to the AGM.

  1. Landscaping

The Council has suggested that we incorporate the sections on landscaping into one part of the Plan.

  1. Businesses

John Hartley gave a presentation on how we are working with the businesses in the area during the development of the plan and gave everyone an updated map of where all the businesses are situated within Adel. The Council liked the Plan for business but would want to ensure we do not stifle change of use for the future, for example, we have had to justify our Hot Food Takeaway position where we have stated no more than 15% should be in the area at one time. The Council’s own Public Health plan objects to a proliferation of hot food takeaways. The Royal Society of Public Health Report on the High Street in 2015 was particularly critical of fast food outlets and proposed a limit of 5% on every high street.

The Council has also asked why we want a new Business Centre. According to the MINT database there are 258 businesses either based (226) or registered (32) in Adel. Many are working from home which can be both lonely and isolating. The Forum would like to see somewhere that people could meet up for a few hours or 1 or 2 days a week to share ideas and experience. We have added to the wording to say that a Business Centre would not replace an important retail facility.

  1. Next Steps

Nick explained that we now need to tighten up the plan; we are being encouraged to submit it. We will be able to select our own Inspector and they will assess the plan. Compliance is just the Inspector’s opinion on whether we adhere to the policies and we have to be in compliance with the Council’s Core Strategy and the Site Allocation Plans.

The test is to define a sustainable way forward for the future of Adel. We are not here to stop development but to influence where it goes. The Forward Planning team at the Council are interested to see how we progress.

As a Forum we shall also get a share of any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which can be used for improvements within the Adel area.

  1. Financial Statement

There is £656.90 in the bank account. This is needed for the hire of rooms for consultation events. We require funds.

  1. Marketing Update

John Hartley advised of the various publicity outlets we use e.g. ANF Website, Facebook, and Twitter; also hard copy magazines North Leeds Life, Adel Bells and Suburban.

  1. Footpath from Church Lane to Bedquilts (public right of way)

Nick raised the issue of the footpath on which the Council currently wants residents’ views in terms of their plans to upgrade it. It was agreed that the Forum would support the plans.

The Next Meeting will be the AGM to be held on 17th May at 7.30pm in the Main Hall, Adel War Memorial Association.

 

Adel Car Wash – Planning Application in Adel Neighbourhood

PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER 17/00195/FU – SITE 503 OTLEY ROAD

(current Car Wash site, corner of Otley Road/Holt Lane)

 We have been advised of the following new planning application for the above site. There will be the “erection of new sales building, canopy” etc. The shop will be Marks & Spencer and contracts have already been exchanged subject to Planning Permission being granted. There is a similar BP/M & S site in Bingley and there’s another adjacent to a Mercedes Dealership on the outskirts of Harrogate should you wish to look at either of them.

Proposal:      Demolition of existing building and canopy and erection of petrol filling station with canopy, underground fuel tanks, air conditioning and refrigeration units and associated car parking, works and services | 503 Otley Road Adel Leeds LS16 7NR

Details of the application may be viewed at the web site below, or by accessing IT facilities in the library at Ralph Thoresby High School, or at the Leonardo Building, address below. Alternatively, you can go to the website address below and then insert the application number 17/00195 and press “search” and the information above should come up. You can then click on the associated documents if you wish to see what the documents are and you can look at all the individual documents.

 http://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/

 If you would like to submit a comment about this new proposal please use one of the following methods:

  • By writing to: Planning Services, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD

  • sending an email to: planning@leeds.gov.uk

  • via the planning services website at www.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess

 Please quote the planning reference number, noted above, with your comments. The closing date for comments is 24th March.

 

Next public, open meeting will take place on Tuesday, 7th February @ 7.30pm

The next public, open meeting of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum will take place on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 @ 7.30pm in the Tetley Room, Adel War Memorial Association, incorporating Adel Sport & Social Club, Church Lane, Adel, LS16 all residents and local businesses are welcome.

The purpose of the meeting will be to provide feedback on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan received both from the consultation events held in the Autumn and the written responses received since those meetings. Residents overwhelmingly supported the Plan and Policies with the main concerns relating to the developments proposed on the green fields opposite Adel Parish Church twixt Church Land and Otley Road and the land South of Dunstarn Lane. The green space, cycle ways and paths issues drew encouraging support as did plans for a children’s play area.

The comments and feedback from the events are now being reviewed and those relevant and appropriate will be incorporated in the Plan. The next step will be to send the plan to the Leeds City Council and after its comments have been considered it will be submitted to an independent Inspector to review it against the legal requirements. Once approved by the independent inspector it will go to a referendum of all Adel residents. We need 50% of those who vote in the referendum to approve the plan.

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Next Public, Open Meeting, Tuesday 7th February @ 7.30pm

The next public, open meeting of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum will take place on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 @ 7.30pm in the Tetley Room, Adel War Memorial Association, incorporating Adel Sport & Social Club, Church Lane, Adel, LS16 all residents and local businesses are welcome. 

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.’

If you have any comments on the above or require further information please contact Ian Bond, Joint Chairman, Adel Neighbourhood Forum by e-mail bondster@btinternet.com or

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Consultation Meetings in Adel

Land Development in Adel

The series of consultation meetings on the Adel Neighbourhood Plan covering land development and related issues for the next 20 years took place in September and October 2016. There was a healthy turnout of around 170 local residents and a steady flow of visitors expressed their support, interest and concerns to Members of the Forum and Cllrs Barry and Caroline Anderson.

The main concerns were Leeds City Council’s Site Allocation Plans on the housing developments on green field sites. The green space, cycle ways and paths issues drew encouraging support as did plans for a children’s play area.

Councillor Barry Anderson said “I was very pleased with the turnout to the consultation events and it has given the Forum a lot of information that confirms we are in accord with what residents want. We were able to meet and talk to a lot of people and explain what the plan is all about for those who had not been to an event before. We really appreciate residents taking the time to come and see how the plan is coming together. I think people were impressed with the amount of work that has been put into it and the time and effort given by the volunteers who make up the Forum Steering Group.”

The comments and feedback from the events will now be reviewed and those relevant and appropriate will be incorporated in the Plan.  The next stage will be to send the plan to the Leeds City Council and after its comments have been considered it will be submitted to an independent Inspector to review it against the legal requirements. Once approved by the independent inspector it will go to a referendum of all Adel residents. We need 50% of those who vote in the referendum to approve the plan.

If you have any comments on the above or would like further information please contact:

Ian Bond, Joint Chairman, Adel Neighbourhood Forum by e-mail bondster@btinternet.com

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The feedback on the formal responses received also the public meeting of 17th November on the proposed development by Hallam Land on the site opposite Adel Parish Church will follow later.

 

 

Housing Development twixt Church Lane, Adel & Otley Road

Joint Meeting of Adel Neighbourhood Forum & Adel Association

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 7.30pm in the Old Stables, back of Adel Parish Curch

Cllr Barry Anderson will Chair this important meeting to seek residents’ views on the proposed housing development by Hallam Land on the land opposite Adel Parish Church. The agenda will be:

  1. Introductions
  2. Outline of current position with Leeds’ housing e.g. recent Inspector’s reports and 5 year land supply
  3. Discussion on the views of residents on the following topics:
  • Highways/Transport
  • Trees
  • Screening
  • Number of houses
  • Types of housing
  • The position of the school on the site (not on whether or not a school is or isn’t wanted but in terms of the impact it will have on the properties that surround it).
  • What will happen to the land between Adel Parish Church and the edge of the development site.
  • Green space areas
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • Any other issues.

Invitations have been sent to Hallam Land and to Leeds City Council officers.

All Adel Residents and Businesses are welcome.

 

Final Chance to comment on Adel Neighbourhood Forum

New Series of Adel Consultation Meetings

 Ian Bond, the Co-Chairman reports that the Forum has now arranged a new series of consultation meetings to finalise the Adel Neighbourhood Plan on land development and related issues.  These are important meetings on land development in Adel for the next 20 years. Please come and give your views to Members of the Neighbourhood Forum and Councillors Barry and Caroline Anderson.

 The details of the events for Adel residents and businesses are;

 The AGM of the Cookridge Gardens Estate Association (residents in Whinfield, Broomfield, Heathfield, The Drive, The Crescent and parts of Otley Road, Holt Lane and Farrar Lane) takes place at 2pm on Saturday the 24th September at the Friends’ Meeting House on New Adel Lane, LS16 6AZ. A key part of the meeting will be Councillor Barry Anderson setting out the latest position and proposals for the Adel Neighbourhood Plan. This is a great chance for residents to see the proposals, give your views and chat to members of the Adel Neighbourhood team.

The Forum has organised drop in sessions at the venues below;

 Thursday, 6th October from 7.30 to 9.00pm at the Old Stables behind Adel Parish Church, Back Church Lane, LS16 8DW

 Saturday, 8th October from 10.30am to 3.00pm at Adel St John Church of England Primary School, Long Causeway. LS16 8EX

 Tuesday, 11th October from 7.30 to 9.00pm at the Adel War Memorial Hall which incorporates Adel Sports and Social Club, Church Lane, LS16 8DE

 We will ensure the complete Plan is on our website and shall make copies available in the Holt Park Library, Ralph Thoresby School. The comments received will then be incorporation into the document

 After the consultations we will seek advice from Leeds City Council before submitting it to an independent Inspector.  Once agreed by the independent inspector it will go to a referendum of Adel residents. We need 50% of those who vote in the referendum to approve the plan.

 If you have any comments on the above or require further information please contact Ian Bond, Joint Chairman, Adel Neighbourhood Forum by e-mail bondster@btinternet.com 

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Development in Adel Neighbourhood

Proposed Housing Development by Indigo Planning on
Land South of Dunstarn Lane LS16 8EG.

Have your say at a drop in event on 30th June between 3.30pm – 7.30pm at Adel War Memorial Association, Church Lane Adel LS16 8DE or tel 0113 380 0270

 

Open Meeting for Adel Residents & Businesses

Adel Neighbourhood Forum 16th May 2016

at 7.30pm Gladys Tetley Room, Adel War Memorial Association Sports and Social Club, Church Lane, LS16  8DE