Around 100 concerned Meanwood residents gathered for a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss Council plans to allocate Church Lane paddock as development space.
The proposals are part of Leeds City Council’s wider Site Allocation Plan, which identifies sites for housing, employment, retail and greenspace to ensure that land is available to meet the growth target of 66,000 new homes in Leeds by 2028.
The Church Lane paddock site – also known as The Glebe Field – has been deemed suitable for 25 housing units, which many residents feel is not enough to justify the negative impact that any development may have on the area.
Church Lane Paddock/ The Glebe Field
Sylvia Jay, who led the well-attended meeting at The Parochial Hall said: “It really would be a minuscule contribution to the 66,000 homes the council aims to build, and would be a great loss to the area.”
The main concerns outlined at the meeting were the traffic safety and increased congestion, the overstretching amenities such as schools, doctors and dentists, increased flood risks and the impact on wildlife and the landscape as a whole – particularly in regards to being beside the Grade II Listed Holy Trinity Church.
Sylvia said: “The paddock is the last remnant of open space in the village area of Meanwood that has not been the subject of-infill and built on.
“Though we have Meanwood Park, this is of a very different character and it’s not accessible to everyone, including some older residents who still walk to the shops past the paddock.”
Church Lane Paddock/ The Glebe Field
Residents were urged to lodge formal objections to the plans before the 5pm deadline on Monday 16th November.
Sylvia said: “This is our very last chance to tell the Council how important the Church Lane paddock is to Meanwood and its population.
“If the paddock stays in the Site Allocation Plan as allocated for housing, any planning application to develop the field will be about details – the principle that the field is suitable for residential development will have been deemed to have been accepted”
Members of community groups Meanwood Valley Partnership, Meanwood Village Association and Transition Meanwood were all present to show their support, along with Meanwood and Moortown Councillors Rebecca Charlwood and Sharon Hamilton.
Councillor Charlwood said: “It’s really good to see so many people here this evening for something they care so strongly about.”
Echoing Sylvia’s message of importance that people lodge formal objections, Councillor Charlwood said: “Numbers of objections could make all the difference. The more noise made about this, the better.”
How Can You Object?
To submit comments or objections to the plans, see Leeds City Council’s Interactive Map here.
Once on this page, type ‘Church Lane – Paddock’ into the ‘Find an address or place’ box at the top of the page.
Click on the purple area of the paddock space and a pop up box will appear with links to further documents and a link which allows you to leave comments.
You can also comment on or object to the plans via email or by posted letter. Make sure you include the site Reference – Church Lane Paddock ref. is HG2-50.
- Posted letters must be sent to LDF Publication Draft Consultation, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD
- It’s important that you put your full name and address on your submission.
- If you comment on more than one site, each one must be submitted separately ie. in a separate email or letter.
- Your comments will hold more weight if you use your own words.
- The deadline for all comments – both in support or against the plans – is 5pm on Monday 16th November.