Mark Henley has welcomed Cookridge Residents’ planning victory, as Leeds Labour Council halts Taylor Wimpey’s development at Moseley Wood Bottom.

Flash flood of the area in 1982
Flash flood of the area in 1982

There has been a significant victory – for the residents of Cookridge, and the action group CRAG [Cookridge Residents Action Group].
There’s also been a significant decision on the part of Leeds City Council, who have listened carefully to local concerns and put the proposed development on hold.
As we’ve reported before, the Coalition’s National Planning Policy Framework stacks the cards in favour of developers and against the Council. So the Council’s decision here is a double victory for local democracy.

Taylor Wimpey have been pressing to develop the greenfield site at the rear of Moseley Wood Gardens.

Local people have put up a spirited campaign against the proposed development– and Adel and Wharfedale Labour Party have stood with them. CRAG raised serious objections to the application – and so did many others, including Adel and Wharfedale Labour Party.

Alex Sobel, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Leeds North West, arranged a meeting between Peter Gruen, Leeds Councillor in charge of Planning, senior planning officers and CRAG, calling for a revisiting of the planning application particularly around the important issues of flooding.

As a result of all this, Leeds City Council has acted proactively, and put the planning decision on hold citing the liability of the site to flooding as a major reason.
‘No development . . . . . shall take place until such time as a scheme to manage surface water runoff has been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority.
A surface water drainage scheme should be implemented to attenuate capacity of the up to and including 1 in 100 year storm event plus climate change allowance and should limit surface water runoff to 5 litres per second per hectare (in accordance with the LCC ‘minimum development control standards for flood risk’ document). ‘
In addition a final site layout plan must show that ‘all more vulnerable development is located within flood zone 1 ‘.
Other requirements include the need to investigate the boggy area on the site.

As Mark Henley, Labour’s council candidate in Adel and Wharfedale, says
‘Out on the doorstep the strength of feeling on this issue is clear. Adel and Wharfedale Labour Party have backed local residents all the way – and will continue to do so. Flooding problems were a major part of the objection we lodged against the development.’

Although CRAG and others have scored a victory the war is not yet won.
Obviously, Taylor Wimpey may come back with revised plans on their proposed development.

But make no mistake; this is a very significant step. And Leeds Labour Council is to be congratulated on the attention it has shown to local objections – and on its readiness to revisit the application.

The Labour Party in Adel and Wharfedale will continue to work to defeat the Taylor Wimpey proposals in Cookridge and congratulates CRAG on spearheading this campaign.

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