Bardsey Action Group Press Release:
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Angry Bardsey residents fight developers over controversial plans to develop
Over 200 outraged Bardsey residents recently attended a presentation by Bramham Estate unveiling
their proposal to build 150 houses on agricultural land in the village. Residents claim these proposals
are immoral and would affect the character of the village. Bardsey Action Group has been formed to
fight this proposal. Representatives of the Group also attended a pre-application meeting at Leeds
North East Planning Panel on Nov 3
The site on Wetherby Road between The Drive and First Avenue is on precious greenbelt, which is
essential to preserve the rural character of the settlement. The land is prone to regular flooding
causing homes to be severely affected not just in Bardsey, but also in Collingham,
Controversially, Bramham Estates are attempting to bypass usual planning protocol by claiming that
very special circumstances exist to support their proposed application Bramham Estates are claiming
lack of financial resources to restore and maintain their many listed properties, by exploiting a
planning loophole that would allow develop of the land to fund the restoration. Residents believe that
the development of the greenbelt, or land that is prone to flooding, should not be permitted under
these circumstances, however special they may appear. Leeds Civic Trust has also warned of the
potential damage created.
At the Panel meeting residents also insisted that the Council follow national guidelines and carefully
scrutinise the finances of the proposal and the Estate. As a result, councillors agreed that planning
officers should investigate the financial details
The A58 is a very busy road which is already at full capacity. A new junction for access would cause
additional congestion, and an increased risk of accidents. Additionally, any vehicular access from the
proposed development through the ‘The Drive’ is unsafe given that this is a narrow cul-de- sac.
Other concerns include the additional pressure any new homes would put on local resources such as
medical facilities and schools, which don’t currently have the capacity to support the additional
Bramham Estate has tried to develop the site for decades, but it was deemed unsuitable for
development in 1993 and was awarded a red status of ‘unsuitable for development’ in 2013. This red
More information, photographs and videos will be accessed on website bardseyactiongroup.co.uk
which will be live from Friday.
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