Message from Cllr Barry Anderson
You may have read in the press recently that the Council are carrying out a consultation exercise on the potential sites for housing, employment use and green space throughout the city. As background to this the Government has asked local councils to set targets to meet the greatly increased housing needs of the country. Leeds’ response has been to bring forward proposals to build 70,000 new homes across the city. There are also proposals to develop the area around Leeds Bradford Airport in terms of employment sites and a potential link road. This could have an effect on Adel.
Additional housing development could impact on infrastructure and services in our area affecting roads, employment, health and dental services and school places. The Council believes that these targets are necessary to meet housing needs in the City. I believe that we have done more than enough to meet our obligations.
The sites where it is proposed to build are to be put to you in a consultation that started on 22nd September and runs through to 16th November 2015. There are a number of opportunities for you to come to public consultation events in the Adel area, along with the Adel Association, the Adel Neighbourhood Forum and the Cookridge Garden Covenant Committee. The details of the various events are as follows:
1. Saturday 10th October Cookridge Garden Covenant AGM in The Friends Meeting House on New Adel Lane starting at 2pm. This event is for residents who live in the area bounded by The Drive, The Crescent and Holt Lane including Heathfield, Broomfield, Whinfield, Farrar Lane, Farrar Grove and Farrar Croft. Unfortunately this event is only open to residents in this area which is covered by the Cookridge Garden Covenant. This is essentially the AGM but my slot on the agenda will be a presentation on the Site Allocations.
2. The regular Adel Association meeting which will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th October in the Adel Methodist Church Hall. This will be a one-item agenda on the Site Allocations Plan and this event is open to any resident living in the Adel area.
3. A further event is being organised by my Ward colleagues and myself for Friday 13th November from 7pm to 8.30pm in The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. This event is also open to any resident in the Adel area.
It is anticipated that all three presentations will have a similar format hence there is no need to worry about not being able to attend all of the events. I hope this gives you flexibility to attend one of the events.
I cannot urge you too strongly to take advantage of this opportunity to make your views heard by attending one of these meetings. You can also see more details on the proposals on the website: www.leeds.gov.uk/yourcity where you can submit an on-line consultation response form or you can respond via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to LDF Publication Draft Consultation, Forward Planning and Implementation, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD expressing your views and making any comments on what you believe is the right course for Adel.
If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
I trust this keeps you up to date with matters that may affect you.
Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward