COMMENTING ON PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS IN POOL & ADEL

I refer to the public meetings held last week in Pool and in Adel (a further update will be issued after the Holt Park and Cookridge public meetings this week). I was asked to confirm the details of all of the sites that were discussed and also the process and procedure for submitting objections or supporting comments for each site.

The potential sites are: 

Site Ref. Site Location Capacity Colour Type of Site
1095A Land at Old Pool Bank, Pool 46 Red Green Belt site.
1095B Land at Old Pool Bank, Pool 270 Amber Green Belt site.
1095C Land at Old Pool Bank, Pool 3 Amber Brownfield site, within the conservation area
1095D Land at Old Pool Bank, Pool 2 Amber Brownfield site, within the conservation area.
1369 Land at Old Pool Bank, Pool 226 Amber Existing Protected Area of Search (PAS) site on UDP
Site Ref. Site Description Capacity Colour Coding Type of Site
1033 Government Buildings, Otley Road, 142 Green The site is an established residential area.
1079 Long Causeway, Adel 86 Red Green Belt site
2052 Tile Lane, Adel 451 Red Green Belt site
1178A Land south of Dunstarn Lane, Adel 62 Green Green Belt site
1178B Land south of Dunstarn Lane, Adel 280 Red Green Belt site.
1243 Former Rectory/Paddock, Back Church Lane, 18 Red Green Belt site. 
1246 As above 66 Red Green Belt site.
1299A Bodington Hall, Otley Road, Lawnswood 160 Green The site has outline planning permission
2130 Church Lane, Adel 186 Amber (Protected Area of Search) site
3044 Cookridge Hall Golf Club 274 Red Green Belt site.
3360 Cookridge Hall 1550 Red Green Belt site.

The Consultation Details are:  

The consultation documents will be accessible in the following ways:

  • To view /download from the Webwww.leeds.gov.uk/siteallocations
  • To view  by visiting the Development Enquiry Centre at The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 (Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00, except Wednesdays 10:00 – 17:00)
  • To view by visiting all libraries and one-stop centres within Leeds District.

As well as viewing and downloading documents, you will be able to view the maps for each area and supporting background information.  Please contact the Council on (0113) 2478092 or email ldf@leeds.gov.uk if you have special needs regarding the documents.

Comments should preferably be submitted on-line at www.leeds.gov.uk/siteallocations (but can be made in writing or email to Development Enquiry Centre at The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 ) during the consultation period.

Unless you specify otherwise, if you make a representation, the Council will notify you of future stages (including further public consultation).

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Monday 29th July

On the submission form you will need to mark the relevant site reference you are referring to and then which question you are answering. The details of each question are set out below.

Questions on Sites Put Forward To Consider For Housing

‘GREEN’ SITES

H1. Do you agree that the sites that have been identified as ‘green’ represent the most suitable sites to consider allocating for future housing development?

Yes/No

Reason

H2. Which sites do you disagree with and why?  (Give site ref no. and reason)

H3. Do you think a site that is not colour coded green should have been?  If so, please give site ref no. and reason.

‘AMBER’ SITES

H4. Do you agree that the sites that have been identified as ‘amber’ represent sites with potential for allocating for future housing development?

Yes/No

Reason

H5. Which sites do you disagree with and why?  (Give site ref no. and reason)

H6. Do you think a site that is not colour coded amber should have been?  If so, please give site ref no. and reason.

‘RED’ SITES

H7. Do you agree that the sites that have been identified as ‘red’ are not suitable for allocation for future housing development?

Yes/No

Reason

H8. Which sites do you disagree with and why?  (Give site ref no. and reason).

H9. Do you think a site that is not colour coded red should have been?  If so, please give site ref no. and reason.

OTHER SITES?

H10. Do you think there are other more suitable sites not shown on the plan that could be considered as future housing allocations?  If so, please supply details – address and site plan.

PHASING

H11.   The Site Allocations Plan will need to also identify phasing of housing allocations (see Volume 1 page 20).  The phases are:

Delivery/development in the short term, 0-5 years

Delivery/development in the medium term, 5-10 years

Delivery/development in the long term, 10 + years

Do you think any particular sites should be developed in the short, medium or long term?  If so, please state site ref no of site and phase (short, medium or long term) and why.

GYPSY AND TRAVELLER SITES (See Volume 1, Para 8.18)

H12.  Do you think that any sites being considered in this area could be suitable for gypsy and traveller site use?  Please state reason, and list site ref no. of any specific sites.

H13. Do you think there are other more suitable sites not shown on the plan that could be considered for future gypsy and traveller site use?  If so, please supply details – address and site plan.

ELDERLY ACCOMMODATION (See Volume 1, Para 8.19)

H14.  Do you think that any sites being considered in this area could be suitable for use solely or in part for elderly housing accommodation?  Please state reason, and list site ref no. of specific sites.

H15. Do you think there are other more suitable sites not shown on the plan that could be considered for elderly housing accommodation?  If so, please supply details – address and site plan.

The types of issues that were either raised in the meeting, or have been sent to me via email are as follows:

Potential Issues To Raise

Sustainability – economic, environmental, socially etc. – it is not clear what the Council means by “Sustainable”.

Access to medical services – this is part of the infrastructure needs for the area.

Impact on access to both primary and secondary school places.

Highways issues – the impact of all the proposed developments on surrounding roads.

Population growth – the population of Leeds is not currently growing at the rate expected.

Concern over the types of housing that is required not adequately reflected

Inadequate road infrastructure to cope with the additional housing

Significant peak hour traffic problems on surrounding roads

Access to some of the sites will be dangerous and problematic

Potential flooding/drainage issues

The increase in local population

Impact on the local environment

Potential public transport issues.

Local job prospects – where will people find jobs?

Loss of agriculture – food sources – self sufficiency

Lack of appropriate infrastructure and the fact that no needs assessment had been carried out by Leeds City Council to date and that this is needed urgently.

Potential visual impact

Cumulative impact i.e. over-development of the area

Heritage

Conservation area

Ecology – e.g. wildlife, flora and fauna that needs to be protected.

Issues that the Council will not take into account are:

Comments about land owners or the developers

Land ownership

Private rights e.g. access

Restrictive covenants

Effect on property values

Loss of view

Neither of the above two lists are exhaustive, there may be other reasons. Not every resident necessarily will agree with all of the suggestions above as people will have different opinions.

If you need any help with any of this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Finally, I’d like to stress again that if you can get another 10 people who were not at the meeting to also complete the consultation documents that would be immensely helpful.  Please remember that if you have a red site near you that you do not want to see developed, you will need to write to the Council supporting their recommendation that it should remain red, as well as making comments on greens and ambers in the area (not just in your immediate vicinity). Anyone can make comments on any part of the city.