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.
Last October Bramham Estate revealed its plans to destroy the greenbelt on land north of the old village. Now another landowner wants to make huge profits by developing greenbelt farmland for housing. The site is the land to the west of Wetherby Road, south of Bardsey village between Church Lane and the Waysides.
On behalf of the Cornforth family, consultants White Young Green (WYG) have sent a conceptual plan for the site to Bardsey Parish Council. The plan is shown below.
WYG claim that because of the significant local opposition to the Bramham Estate application, their proposal would be an alternative site for residential development, providing a logical extension to the south of the village. They are seeking a meeting with Bardsey Parish Council’s to discuss the number of houses that could be sensitively accommodated.
As there is no official planning application, Bardsey Parish Council is only able to restrict its comments to its blanket opposition to development on greenbelt land.
However, BAG is able to campaign more actively to protect the village from inappropriate development. When we first started in the 1990s we knew that the threats to the village would never go away, and we would need to be vigilant.
We will continue to work closely with Leeds City Council and Bardsey Parish Council to make it abundantly clear that any proposal to reduce the greenbelt is contrary to the wishes of the local community, is against the policies enshrined in the draft neighbourhood plan and Leeds City Council’s plans for appropriate housing development.
You can view the plans HERE
In May BAG and its planning consultant Allen Creedy met with the Leeds City Council planning officer, Adam Ward, to discuss our objection to the application, and to find out more about what the next steps are.
Adam explained that he and his colleagues are still working on the technical issues that they have raised with the applicants and their consultants, but we can still make further representations on the key areas we have identified – flooding and drainage, the schedule of repair and other works, and the appraisal of the Estate’s alternative financial and commercial options. We asked if it would be possible to meet with the relevant officers, which Adam stated would be their decision.
Allen has advised us to submit our additional objections in a logical planning oriented format which would encourage the officers to look closely into our arguments against the application, and meet with us, and we have agreed that this is the next stage.
We have since learned that the applicants are likely to submit their own further representations on the flood risk assessment, and other planning matters, probably because of comments that the Environment Agency and other consultees have made. Any additional submissions by the applicants will have to be reconsidered by all the relevant authorities. It is clear now that the process is taking much longer than we anticipated, and the meeting of the NE Planning Panel to consider the application may not take place until the autumn.
However as soon as the officers report for that meeting is made public (usually about 3 weeks beforehand) we will know what the officers’ recommendation to the Panel is – accept or reject the application. If the former option, then we will have a major challenge to persuade the Panel to go against the recommendation.
Until this stage is reached we ask all our supporters to hang in there. We will keep you up to date as and when further news comes in. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this far. This is far from over and we will no doubt be asking for your support again in the coming months.
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.