Following on from the appearance of Parkinson’s Park in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, Councillor Graham Latty has taken up the issue with Leeds City Planning Department and demanded that it is taken off the list.
At the same time, Leeds NW MP Greg Mulholland, has demanded that Yeadon Banks, which has fought to get Village Green status to repel developers, is also taken out of the SHLAA. Meanwhile, residents in Rawdon have formed an action group to try and protect Rawdon Billing, which not only appears in the SHLAA, but whose owners (Rawdon Trust) want to sell it for development. And, to add the the catalogue of beauty spots in danger, a Cragg Hill action group from Horsforth, is sending out the troops again to try and stop Redrow getting planning permission to build 47 houses on an N32 nature area, which is also part of Woodside Conservation Area and on green belt – a plan that was stopped by residents twelve years ago.
It appears that Leeds Planning have little concern about the heritage and wellbeing of residents in our area, and the list above only proves the point, that once land is on a list with the Planning Department, you have to get it off as soon as you can. A lesson also learnt from Derry Hill, Menston.
Here is an extract from Leeds Planning to FOPP; followed by Councillor Graham Latty’s reply back to Leeds Planning:-
“The site [Park] was included in the SHLAA by the Council. It was identified as part of a city wide exercise looking at the accessibility of sites, such as proximity to public transport and local services. Detailed assessment of the site has not yet been undertaken………The fact that a site is shown on the SHLAA does not mean that it will automatically be allocated for development. All sites on SHLAA will be assessed to see which ones are considered most appropriate for allocation in the future Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD). So, the SHLAA is simply a ‘pool’ of sites for us to consider.
We have not yet commenced detailed work on the Site Allocations DPD, so have not yet assessed any SHLAA sites. When the Issues and Options Site Allocations DPD is produced there will be a period of public consultation on suggested sites, and the public and communities will have the opportunity to make representations on sites, or suggest alternatives. We are not anticipating to do this before the end of the year/beginning of 2013.” (Source: Leeds City Development Department, 9.43am 17th April 2012)
Reply from Cllr Latty
“When we spoke [about the Park] you suggested that the site might be taken out of the SHLAA as land that should not even be considered. It is land made available to the people of Guiseley by Parkinson and has continued to be so even under St Modwen,s and now Bellway’s ownership. It is being restored to the quality of open recreational space that it was in the early days. It has a huge base of “friends”, facilitated by Ward Councillors and Bellway, giving hours of their time, working to make it permanently safe and attractive. It even has it’s own website ! That it should even be considered, and after all being in the SHLAA means just that, is outrageous and I would like to know whether, under the terms of reference you have no other option available.” (Source: Cllr Graham Latty, Guiseley and Rawdon Ward, 10.18am 17th April 2012)