The Day of Reckoning
The People Say No To Bramham Estates
Support our village as it faces the final hurdle in its battle to stop Bramham Estate destroying Bardsey’s precious Green Belt. The Estate’s planning application is to be decided at a public meeting of the Planning Panel on 26th April at Leeds Civic Hall at 1.00. We need your presence there!
The planning officials advising the Panel have focused on just one CRUCIAL QUESTION – Will the harm to the green belt outweigh the ‘special circumstances’ claimed by Bramham Estate? On balance the officers have decided that it will, and are recommending the Panel refuses the application. But there is no guarantee that the Panel will agree.
The Panel will be influenced by the strength of public opinion shown on the day.
We need to fill the meeting room with local residents and supporters.
PLEASE BE THERE –
to find out more see the panel on the reverse of this leaflet.
THE CRUX OF THE MATTER
• Our precious Green Belt would be destroyed because of decades of poor management of the Heritage Assets.
• Nick Lane Fox told councillors he would not follow other local estates, such as Harewood and Stockeld Park, that have much greater public access and commercial success
• The Estate’s finances are being concealed to support the claim of ‘special circumstances’
• The Estate is in partnership with other land-owning families that promote land use change from agricultural to development to make huge capital gains.
DEMOCRACY MUST PREVAIL
A Grand Coalition of local ward councillors, local MP, Bardsey Parish Council and BAG – has been formed to tell the Plans Panel and the applicants that there is a united front
• Against the Estate’s plans
• To uphold residents’ views, when consulted 4 times over the last 20 years, that the preservation of the green belt is the key priority
• To protect the principles of the Bardsey Neighbourhood Plan, voted for by 94% of residents in the 2017 referendum, and now part of Planning Policy Guidelines
If you agree than please support the campaign that so many people have worked hard on.
BE PART OF D-DAY
Tell Bramham Estate and the Plans Panel what you feel by swelling the numbers from our community who will be there on 26th April.
Where to meet
Assemble in front of the rear entrance to Leeds Civic Hall at 1.00PM on Thursday 26th April.
Great News – We have just spoken to Adam Ward, and he tells me the following:
- Adam Ward, the case officer, has told the applicants that officers would be recommending refusal of the application.
- This is based on the green belt policy and harm outweighing the benefit from restoring historic assets, and also on flooding and drainage
- The applicant has been provided with our additional flood risk information and has been given the opportunity to address these points with further mitigation proposals if desired
- If so the applicants’ response will be formalised, put on the planning portal and we would be able to respond
- In that instance, the Planning Panel consideration of the application will be delayed until January at the earliest
The applicant may decide not to respond now and let the application go to Panel, and then, if refused by the Council, decide whether or not to go Appeal OR withdraw the application now. There is no point in speculating what next.
Please note that this is NOT the Council refusing the application, it is a recommendation. But this is good news – well done team!
Bardsey Action Group
Ethical Partnership provide the full range of professional, legal and technical support necessary to prepare and submit all kinds of planning applications – whether it a refurbishment, new build, conversion or a ‘change of use’ – we can help with all kinds of ‘development’; retail, leisure, commercial, housing, energy, infrastructure etc.
See the full story here as to how the Ethical Partnership is helping BAG.
Being the very lucky village we are Bardsey is not without specialist help coming forward from all quarters in including drainage, highways, websites, social media and more. What we are lacking at the moment is someone with a strong PR background for the next stage of our campaign to get our message out to a wider audience. If you have PR Experience or know someone able to offer advice, please get in touch. We have funds available should it be required. But we are hoping for a someone in the village able to lend a hand and point our marketing and social media team in the right direction.
Thank you for your call to my office earlier.
I am sorry that I can’t be with you for your public meeting but I have to be in the Commons for votes on Wednesday evening.
I remain opposed to the development of greenfield and greenbelt sites across my constituency. This is not just an approach pertaining to towns and villages in my constituency, I say this from a broader policy position of believing that new homes should be built on available urban brownfield sites before rural green land. On the specifics of this individual site I fail to see how the application meets any circumstance, exceptional or otherwise, that would make building in the greenbelt appropriate.
As such I support the objections of your action group, local residents and Councillors Procter, Robinson and Stephenson who, like me, are opposed to this application for inappropriate development in the greenbelt.
Very best wishes,
Alec Shelbrooke MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Elmet & Rothwell
UK Representative to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Nick Lane Fox and his fellow landowners have now applied formally to build on Bardsey greenbelt farmland. We have until March 17th to object.
Bardsey’s “Very Special Circumstances” are the physical, social and other values we share that will be irreparably damaged if this application is approved.
We now know why and how the Estate will try to ignore the planning policies and guidelines that protect our village and its precious greenbelt.
Why? Because the Estate knows that planning permission will be refused unless it can demonstrate that development is the only way of preserving its “threatened” historical assets. Using a steamrolling loophole known as “Very Special Circumstances” would put aside all other considerations for so called “benefit of the public”.
How? By employing consultants costing tens of thousands of pounds to claim that the damage to the village and the wider public interest can be avoided, and that the Estate has exhausted all other means of raising millions of pounds to pay for the “urgent” repairs that will rectify decades of decay to its buildings and monuments.
We have until March 17th to defend Bardsey’s “Very Special Circumstances”. This is the date set for objections to be lodged with Leeds City Council. See the website below using reference 17/00655
Bardsey Action Group is fighting hard to expose the shameful subterfuge that ignores Bardsey’s “Very Special Circumstances” that really matter to our village, and places the “family values” of the Lane Fox’s above our community values.
To find out more
- come to Bardsey Village Hall 7.00 Wednesday March 1st
- check out our website http://bardseyactiongroup.co.uk/ which will be updated regularly
To help us
- Volunteer to deliver leaflets around the village this weekend – reply to this email and we will let you know what’s needed
- Donate much needed money via https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bardsey-greenbelt
Time is running out – please act now, tell your friends and neighbours, support our campaign to protect Bardsey’s Very Special Circumstances.
Selby Ltd (Lord Irwin & Patrick James) and Lane Fox are very rich men trying to profit from building on precious ‘Red Flagged’ Green Belt land that is a huge flood risk for all the residents nearby – including Collingham & East Keswick. Also the enormous additional volume of traffic (approx. 1100 extra vehicle journeys per day!) in a neighbourhood that is beyond capacity – including the local school and doctor’s surgery. The increase in sewage will create major health risks as the system will not accommodate 300+ more people in this confined area. It is not the gift of the Bramham Estate to risk our homes and the precious environment we all live in so that these very wealthy people can attempt to perform this ‘con trick’ of refurbishing grade 1 listed buildings that only Flood Plain Fox will benefit from. There is absolutely no confidence that any ‘flood mitigating’ engineering mechanisms will be effective on a flood plain with a full water table – and as we will all be the victims if it doesn’t work – we reject any such proposals completely. It’s spectacularly irresponsible environmentally, utterly impractical, as it will seriously damage the village and it’s surroundings and it’s totally unethical. Why don’t they ask for Planning Permission to build these houses within the Bramham Estate adjacent to the A1 and preserve this ‘red flagged’ Green Belt area?
Mr Philip Dickson
Address: 3 First Avenue, Bardsey, Leeds, Leeds LS17 9BE