Leeds Labour calls for greater local control over planning – in interests of Leeds communities

Wednesday 9 November was a Full Council meeting in Leeds. Housing, housing growth & sites were on the agenda. The problems produced by the National Planning Policy Framework will be very familiar to regular readers of this website - in particular the effective reduction in local control over planning decisions, and the extent to which … Continue reading Leeds Labour calls for greater local control over planning – in interests of Leeds communities

Labour: Working for you in Otley – Major impact assessment on housing development, Wharfedale Greenway – and boats on the river again.

On Monday evening, Otley’s Labour Town Council will propose its budget. There’ll be a proposal for a small increase in the precept – that is the local tax every household pays for their town or parish council. But in exchange, there is a really exciting offering for the people of Otley – and at its … Continue reading Labour: Working for you in Otley – Major impact assessment on housing development, Wharfedale Greenway – and boats on the river again.

Labour – Working for you in Headingley: the future of the Elinor Lupton Centre

The Elinor Lupton Centre is a prominent landmark on Headingley Lane. It was built as a Christian Science Church in the early twentieth century, and is a Grade II listed building in the Conservation area. In 1986 it passed into the hands of Leeds Girls’ High School – and from them to the Grammar School … Continue reading Labour – Working for you in Headingley: the future of the Elinor Lupton Centre

‘Developers turn down brownfield inner city sites where we desperately need housing’. Labour’s priorities clear in Leeds NW greenfield ruling

As we reported in detail last week, Leeds Labour Council has refused planning permission to two green field sites in Adel. The decision was very welcome to local residents, who have campaigned hard to protect them. But it had much wider significance. It was an important indication of Leeds Labour Council’s position on planning – … Continue reading ‘Developers turn down brownfield inner city sites where we desperately need housing’. Labour’s priorities clear in Leeds NW greenfield ruling

Yesterday Bramhope, today Adel – Leeds Labour Council has protected the Green Fields of Leeds North West – again.

Today Leeds Plans panel turned down two more applications to develop green field sites in Leeds North West. The applications were from developers seeking to get permission to build in Adel - on the fields between Church Lane and the A 660, opposite Adel Church. The Council has refused their applications. This comes hard on … Continue reading Yesterday Bramhope, today Adel – Leeds Labour Council has protected the Green Fields of Leeds North West – again.

Leeds NW and Planning: Greg Mulholland’s record on the Localism Act and the NPPF

Last week Leeds Labour Council turned down the planning application from Miller homes to build 380 houses on Breary Lane East. Mr Mulholland, Leeds NW’s LibDem MP, immediately wrote to constituents about this – directly from the Commons and on his website. He ‘confirmed’ Leeds City Council’s rejection of the application. He noted that Miller … Continue reading Leeds NW and Planning: Greg Mulholland’s record on the Localism Act and the NPPF

Putting Bramhope Residents First – Round 1 to Leeds Labour Council Opposing Developers’ Plans

Leeds Labour Council has rejected the proposal to build 380 houses on open space on Breary Lane in Bramhope. The proposal was an example of the sort of speculative rush to development which the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s NPPF has encouraged and licensed. Local residents and groups – including Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council, and Adel and … Continue reading Putting Bramhope Residents First – Round 1 to Leeds Labour Council Opposing Developers’ Plans

Headingley Councillors alert on Planning proposal for Ford House site

Neil, Janette and Jonathan - Headingley's Labour Councillors - are anxious to alert you to a new planning proposal - with implications for the Headingley Conservation area - and also for precious green space. A planning application has been received concerning Ford House in Headingley - that's the old Rose Court School on Buckingham Road. … Continue reading Headingley Councillors alert on Planning proposal for Ford House site

‘Local Communities are powerless to protect their countryside’ – CPRE. Wriggle out of that one, Mr Mulholland

We’ve frequently reported on the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s National Planning Policy Framework. We’ve stressed that its effects have been to remove powers from Local Authorities and local people. It’s been called a ’Developers’ Charter’ – and not without reason. Recent work by the Campaign to Protect Rural England now reveals just how bad the situation has … Continue reading ‘Local Communities are powerless to protect their countryside’ – CPRE. Wriggle out of that one, Mr Mulholland

Ed Miliband’s reply to Queen’s Speech: Work that pays, Housing for all, Devolved power, Repeal of NHS Act and much more

Most of you will not have had the chance to hear Ed Miliband’s response to the Queen’s Speech yesterday. So here it is in full. It’s worth a read. [Our emphasis added throughout] ‘This Friday we will mark seventy years since the Normandy Landings, where wave upon wave of allied forces poured onto the beaches … Continue reading Ed Miliband’s reply to Queen’s Speech: Work that pays, Housing for all, Devolved power, Repeal of NHS Act and much more