Welcome to Bardsey Action Group

Bardsey Action Group (BAG) exists to protect the green belt around the village of Bardsey, in NE Leeds, from the threat of uncontrolled and unsustainable housing development. Formed in 1993, BAG has been brought back to action in 2016 because of a proposal by landowner Bramham Estate to build 150 houses on a field within the greenbelt.

To object to the proposal you need to set up an account (easy to do) and confirm it via email, then file your objection. Paste this link into your browser.


If you then want to email BAG with your objection, we would be happy to put it on the site with or without your name.


  1. Liz Marshall
    April 11, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    I believe the land is no longer designated greenbelt it was recently removed by LCC and acknowledged in the parish council mintues earlier this year. I think the ‘new’ owner is a Daniel Newett of Berkley DeVeer properties he had tried to buy a house on Keswick Lane late last year to gain access to the field.I understand from local sources that he has offered another house owner a 5 bedroom detached on the new development in return for access via his property – just before the bridge on the left of Keswick Lane (some relation of his also appears to have been the owner who sold the land). Leeds City Council planning needs to be challenged about the timing of this land being unprotected at around the time a developer was trying to buy. I have lived backing on to this field for 10 years, there were not only Bats (who are protected) but Owls and Pheasant – The trees lay felled and are the field a complete mess, the contractors were rude and aggressive when questions and the when the owner (who I believe to be Mr Newett) arrived he would not talk to us. I complete understand and share Mr Watson’s distress.

  2. Adrian potter
    April 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am

    Just a slight correction on the comments you have written in brackets. We bought the property 3 years ago but not the field. The original owner did not sell the field and from my understanding has recently sold it to De Veer subject to planning permission. I can assure you that if we did own the field it would not have been sold and we feel the same as everyone else about the wanton destruction of the trees and the wildlife.

  3. Liz Marshall
    April 13, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    Hi Adrian, in that case you have my unreserved apologies for my misinformation.


  4. George green
    April 13, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    The site on keswick lane and linden close are the types of sites we should all be supporting to help stop proposals such as the Bramham estates site ? As far as I understand the site is already allocated for housing and the trees are not protected ? What is the issue ?
    Welcome comments

  5. Ian Edgell
    June 11, 2017 @ 8:13 am

    Has anyone contacted the bat conservation trust as these can advise on the route to prosecute the contractors where bats roosts are destroyed/damaged. This will not rectify the situation but may stop others willfully destroying the environment. The penalty for disturbing bat habitat (even if they are not present at the time) is up to 6 months in jail with an unlimited fine. Happy to help investigae this on your behalf if you wish. Just get in touch.

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