Planning Application in Adel for 100 dwellings and school.

Please see the Reserved Matters application by David Wilson Homes for the land opposite Adel Parish Church.

The details are:

PLANNING APPLICATION 18/04343/RM Reserved matters for residential development (Use Class C3) for up to 100 dwellings and land reserved for primary school with construction of vehicular access from Otley Road, to the north west and Ash Road to the south, areas of open space, landscaping, ecology treatments and associated works. | Land To The East Of Otley Road Adel Leeds LS16 8FE

Number:                     18/04343/RM

Site:                            Land To The East Of Otley Road Adel Leeds LS16 8FE

Proposal:                   Residential development (Use Class C3) for up to 100 dwellings and land reserved for primary school with construction of vehicular access from Otley Road, to the north west and Ash Road to the south, areas of open space, landscaping, ecology treatments and associated works.

Details of the application may be viewed at the web site below, or by accessing IT facilities in the library at Ralph Thoresby or at Merrion House, address below. Alternatively, you can go to the website address below and then insert the application number 18/04343 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.

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

Please quote the planning reference number, noted above, with your comments. The closing date for comments is 24th August 2018 but Planning will accept comments after this date if circumstances prohibit you from submitting your comments by the due date.

It would be very useful if you could forward a copy of your comments to;

Cllr. Barry Anderson

Cllr. Caroline Anderson

Adel & Wharfedale Ward

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Adel Neighbourhood Forum AGM

At the AGM on 18th July 2018 Members of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum unanimously elected Ian Bond as its Chairman, Jeremy Emmott as Vice Chairman, Cllr Caroline Anderson as Secretary and Graham Bond, no relation to the Chairman, as Treasurer.

There were special tributes to Nick Brown, who had stood down as Co-Chairman, for his considerable contributions to the Adel Neighbourhood Plan right from the outset of the project.

There were about 50 residents in attendance at the Old Stables, Adel Parish Church Hall. After the AGM there were presentations on the main issues. Formal minutes to follow.

Wine was sponsored by August Ltd.  The excellent Adel and Leeds Cheeses were sponsored by Mario and Sonia from Olianas, email  website



Wednesday, 18th July at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

The Old Stables, Church Hall, Back Church Lane, Adel LS16 8DW 

Come and hear the latest news in Adel including;

Recent Housing Developments, Community Facilities, Green Spaces,

Retail & Business, Highways and Traffic

This is a public open event on the latest developments in Adel and an update on finalising the Adel Neighbourhood Plan.

All residents and businesses are warmly welcomed. This will also provide you with the opportunity to meet Cllrs Barry and Caroline Anderson and the Adel Forum Team Members over a glass of free wine, refreshments and nibbles.

A Report on the work on the Adel Neighbourhood Plan and Election of Officers will also take place as this event will incorporate the Forum’s Annual General Meeting.

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Sunday, 17th June 2018, 12.00 noon until 5.00pm.

In the splendid setting of the Adel WMA’s Grounds and Halls in Church Lane, Adel LS16 8DE

All welcome, it will be formally opened by James Willstrop, Commonwealth Games, Squash, Men’s Singles Gold Medal Winner. We have sporting and social activities for all the family and don’t forget to bring Dad on Fathers’ Day.

“Show and have a go” in Archery, Badminton, Bowls, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse and Tennis.

Gifts to purchase from handmade craft stalls include jewellery, cakes, paintings, dolls and a range of novelty items.

There will be fun events including a bouncy castle, ice creams, face painting, a Children’s mini sports day and rides on the Diddy Dennis Fire Engine. Ronnie the Leeds Rhino mascot will also be on hand to entertain us all with his usual antics.

There will be a BBQ and a fully licensed bar with alcoholic and soft drinks.

Charles Ward, Chairman of the Adel Fete Committee said ” This is a family orientated and fun event which we hope will inspire people to take up some of our sports and social activities that are on offer.”

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Please note the Main Car Park will be closed to accommodate the Stalls. The overflow car park near Adel Parish Church will be open.

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Development of 100 Houses on land off Otley Road

Cllrs Barry and Caroline Anderson and Adel Forum Members invite you to a “drop in” Consultation Event on Tuesday, 5th June from 4.00pm to 7.00pm at the Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel, LS16 8DW.

David Wilson Homes (DWH) have approved outline planning permission for up to 100 houses on the land adjacent to Otley Road next to the Centurion Fields development off Church Lane. They will shortly be submitting the detail of the development including numbers, green space, materials, layout and the types of houses.

This event, is not a formal meeting, however DWH will provide high level plans and house type drawings with specialists to answer questions. Hopefully also some computer generated imagery as requested by our Councillors.

This is your opportunity to comment and question the developer on the detail of their plans.  We hope you are able to join us for part of the evening.

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Leeds City Sites for Housing Allocations

Consultation on the Revised Submission

Urgent response from you needed

The Council is embarking on a further round of consultation concerning the revised submission of the Leeds Site Allocation Plan (for proposed housing sites) which will be considered by Planning Inspectors in due course. All responses need to be submitted by 5pm on 26th Feb 2018.

The urgent consideration is for the Land South of Dunstarn Lane that is currently in Greenbelt.

The Council has accepted that some sites across the city (which it was considering to remove from greenbelt) should remain in greenbelt but do not accept that this should apply to HG2-38 Land south of Dunstarn Lane.

The council are proposing to take this land out of Greenbelt to allow the development of 68 homes. Furthermore it is to bring this proposal forward to Phase 1 which means that it would be immediately vulnerable to an approach by developers.

The rationale for wishing to withdraw this site from Greenbelt is unclear.


The Site Allocation Plan  Revised Submission Draft Background Paper Jan 2018 (Leeds City Council).

In its ‘Consultation on a Revised Submission Draft Schedule of Amendments’ the Council states it ‘ is seeking to reduce the impact of the Site Allocation Plan of Green Belt release by proposing revisions of the Plan as submitted. These revisions propose to designate some land (for a total of 7,834 homes across 43 sites) as ‘Broad Locations’ instead of housing allocations and safeguarded land designations meaning they will remain in the Green Belt until a further review of the Plan.’

‘Once a future housing requirement and government guidance have been clarified, the Site Allocations Plan can be reviewed and sites that are Broad Locations can be released if needed for housing, or retained as Green Belt with the Broad Location designation removed.’

But this does not apply to the Dunstarn Lane site

On Page 27 of Site Allocation Plan  Revised Submission Draft Background Paper the Council’s rationale is that ‘Strong links to urban area and would partially round off settlement -negating the risk of further sprawl. Boundary treatments would need to be well thought out as the boundaries to the south and east are poorly defined.’

Site Assessment Conclusion (Leeds City Council)

Development of the site could be considered to ’round off’ the existing built up area. Access would need to be through adjacent site HG1-74 or property needs to be acquired. Suitable in principle for residential.

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Suitability (Leeds City Council)

This site scores generally neutral or positive on most of the SA objectives. The site scores positively in relation to Access to Primary Health Facilities, Access to Greenspace/Existing Greenspace, Flood Risk. It is noted that the site scores significantly negatively in relation to Landscape.

Adel Neighbourhood Forum (ANF)

Adel Neighbourhood Forum will fight these proposals with the support of the Adel Community. This is an important opportunity for you send your comments to Leeds City Council to the contacts below as noted at the end of this message. The ANF organised a public meeting held on 6th February at which many issues were raised including:

The existing properties on the south side of Dunstarn Lane can already be considered to provide a ‘rounding off’ of the settlement of Adel.

We question the criteria used to assess that the site scores negatively in relation to landscape. These are open fields that provide unfettered views across the Meanwood Valley and beyond. We would like to know what criteria is applied and how this compares with comparable sites. All our research shows that what Residents value most about Adel is the green and natural features and wider landscape setting.

The Council’s rationale may be that this recommendation will only affect a small number of properties but Adel residents have been vociferous in raising their concerns with the Neighbourhood Forum regarding the level of development that has already taken place in Adel as well as proposed new future developments. We remain opposed to any existing greenbelt land being used for development whilst brownfield sites in the city remain available. Our policy is in accordance with Leeds City Council and national guidance.

No reference is made in the background paper to the impact on infrastructure. Traffic will continue to use routes through Adel as ‘rat runs’ to avoid traffic congestion on the A660 and Headingley Corridor. New housing development is underway nearby at Bodington Manor and the former Government Buildings site (Bellway). Also future development at Bramhope, Pool and Otley will add to the traffic chaos. Additional traffic demand will add to the already existing peak time bottleneck congestion at the junction of Adel Lane and Long Causeway approximately 1.5 kilometres from this site.

We have always understood the premise of any development should be to do no additional harm. We believe it will.

Whilst Adel Neighbourhood Forum have severe reservations about the Council’s use of “broad locations” our preferred option would be:

1)    To have the site totally withdrawn   2)    If it has to proceed despite our reservations about it, it should be designated a broad location 3)    It should at least be put into a phase towards the end of the plan and not Phase 1

Deferring to a future date can store up problems for the future as we have seen with the PAS site off Church Lane for which outline planning approval has now been given.

Where you can help.

If you care passionately to protect the further erosion of greenbelt provision in Adel you must write. It is for residents to make your feelings felt in your own words. The ANF cannot prescribe exactly what you should say but you can include your personal objections and some of the key issues noted above.

The council would prefer to receive your comments using the on-line response form at

Or use the comments form (see documents section on the webpage) and

email comments to:

Or write to:

Leeds SAP Revised Submission Draft ConsultationPolicy and Plans Group,

The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD

Written comments to need to be received no later than 5pm on 26th February 2018.

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Housing Developments in Adel

Your Views urgently needed on three housing developments in Adel.

Land off Church Lane opposite Adel Parish Church. 

East Moor Reformatory Site. 

Land South of Dunstarn Lane. Proposal to be taken out of Green Belt, urgent action required.

A public meeting of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum is to be held on Tuesday, 6th February.

A free glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles will be available  at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start until 9pm at The Old Stables Church Hall, Back Church Lane, LS16 8DW.

This is an important opportunity for you to meet Cllrs Barry and Caroline Anderson and Members of the Forum to express your concerns.

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Update on Adel Neighbourhood Plan

The purpose of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum, which is a recognised body of local volunteers, is to give a renewed sense of ownership to the Adel Community on land development and the issues arising. Set out below is where we are in the planning process to receive full statutory recognition.

We have finalised a draft of The Neighbourhood Plan for Adel which has been informed by our “Open Days”, Surveys, Focus Groups, events and publicity. The Plan is for the next 20 years and it covers the design, layout, character and mix of proposed housing but also critical issues arising from such developments such as education provision, traffic, heritage and green issues, community facilities and business support.

The feedback from the Community has been overwhelming positive the main issues being the Leeds City Council proposals under its Site Allocations Plans which include;

-the land opposite Adel Parish Church where there are traffic issues and concerns about the proposal to locate a playing field with fencing on the east side of the beck.

-the Green Belt land in Dunstarn Lane.

-the Tile Lane Site including the old Reformatory Site.

The green space, cycle ways and paths issues drew encouraging support as did plans for a children’s play area.

The Draft Plan was passed to Leeds City Council for comments. Although generally positive there were some comments from them which need to be addressed.

So now The ANF Steering Committee will take account of the comments received and also bring the the Draft Plan up to date.

The Plan as revised will then be submitted to an independent Inspector to review it against the legal requirements. Once agreed by the independent inspector it will go to a Referendum where 50% support of those voting would be needed to gain approval. If successful it would give statutory powers for the Forum to be consulted on land development issues.

Site Allocation Plan Inspection 

Meanwhile Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plans are being reviewed by the Inspector.The fundamental question is ‘Is the Site Allocation Plan (SAP) produced by the LCC sound?”

The comments and feedback agreed by the Inspector will be taken into account in the final SAP. There has, to date, been presentations on such as GreenSpace.  However, following new consultations with the Department of Communities and Local Government, Leeds City Council requested a suspension of the Inspection to take account of the new information received.

The result of this is that the Inspection process of the Leeds’ Site Allocation Plans has been put on hold probably until May 2018.

If you have any comments on the above please contact: Ian Bond, Joint Chairman, Adel Neighbourhood Forum by


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East of Otley Road, Adel – Planning Application not called in.

A letter to Leeds City Council’s Planning Officer from the Secretary of State has advised the Council that he is not going to call in the application which means the outline planning application will now be approved.

The application will then move on the Reserved Matters stage where the exact details of number of houses, building materials, green space on the site etc. will be lodged. At this point a further planning application will be submitted and there will be opportunities to comment on it.

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Approved development opposite Adel Parish Church put on hold

Approved development opposite Adel Parish Church put on hold whilst being considered by Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is reviewing Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel approval of the outline planning application for the development of the land opposite Adel Parish Church. The application by Hallam Land seeks to provide up to a 100 houses and a new school. The decision by the Plans Panel was fiercely opposed by Adel Neighbourhood Forum, local councillors, Greg Mulholland, MP and Historic England (previously known as English Heritage). The council’s lack of a five year land supply was the critical factor and the driving influence for the majority of councillors on the Panel in approving the plan.


Historic England were very clear in their objection that what was proposed would harm the setting of the Grade1 listed Church but this was minimised by Planning Officers and the Council’s Conservation Officer.  It was particularly concerned that the land on the east side of the beck is to be used for the playing fields for the new school. This will require a 2.4 metre fence. The council’s conservation officer said that it could be screened with hedging to suggest old field boundaries.


Highways have decided against a traffic light controlled junction opposite Kingsley Drive to minimise delay on the A660 Otley Road, preferring to see the installation of a staggered junction. This will be the only exit from the site. The Forum believes that there will be an increase in traffic on the rural Church Lane avoiding the congestion on Otley Road.


The Department for Communities and Local Government is now considering whether the Council’s decision is sound and whether it can be released back to the Council for implementation or whether they should be invited to look again at the case. We welcome the intervention by the Secretary of State and await the outcome.

field of corn, Church Lane, Adel, Leeds with trees. Looking towards Otley Road