Redrow Plans Turned Down in Outwood Lane, Horsforth

Plans by Redrow to build 34 houses off Outwood Lane, Horsforth, have been turned down by Leeds City Council.  Although it was acknowledged that the plans would help the City’s housing land supply in a small way,  the negative effects of building on the green belt linked to the Cragg Hill and Woodside conservation area, outweighed any positives.  There is nothing, of course, stopping Redrow appealing against this decision, and having costs awarded from Leeds rate payers if an Inspector overturns this decision.

The negative effects of the development were deemed to be: Continue reading

Horses or Houses in Horsforth? Please Comment

As Redrow’s development plans for yet another greenfield site in Horsforth, local people and representatives step up the heat.

On Friday 11th May, 150 community members, Stuart Andrew MP (Pudsey), the three Horsforth city councillors and eight Horsforth Town Councillors,  joined for a meeting about Redrow’s outline planning application to build 34 houses on a key green space in the centre of the Cragg Hill and Woodside Conservation Area, on Outwood Lane, Horsforth. Continue reading

Horsforth Civic Society Dismayed At Power of Developers

WARD chairman, David Ingham, was invited to the Annual General Meeting of Horsforth Civic Society (HCS) on 8th May, to  give a presentation on WARD and local planning issues.  His main message was the need for local communities to contribute to the local development plan for Leeds and Bradford, by becoming involved in the design of Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs).   “This”, he said “was the only positive way to really influence local planning decisions”. Continue reading

Horsforth Residents Fight to Protect Heritage of “Europe’s Largest Village”

Outwood Land, Horsforth (source:Richard Thomson)

Horsforth was once dubbed ‘Europe’s largest village’- its claim to fame may now have challengers, but, it’s still the ‘oldest urban village’ and residents want to protect that heritage. So, members of Newlay Conservation Society, Horsforth Civic Society, and Cragg Hill and Woodside Residents Group, have joined forces to fight off the dozens of inappropriate planning applications, that have been sought in the last year alone, which would alter the landscape and affect well-being. Continue reading

14th March 2012 – Outwood Lane Protest: Photograph for YEP

Please can you give up a little time to turn up to a photo session for the Yorkshire Evening Post (and Wharfe Valley Times) to show your concern about local development in Horsforth.  The paper is running an article on the subject and wants a photo to support the article. The more people are  there, the better!

10:30 hours, Saturday 14/4/2012 at the public footpath (known as conker ally), next to Outwood House, on Outwood Lane.   I hope you will turn out and join in!

Rat Run Gridlock? – by Joe Cooper and Tom Scargill

Peak Time Traffic, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth

HUGE scale new housing developments will lead to road traffic chaos on the already gridlocked A65, a new report claims.

The report, commissioned by the Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development (WARD) group, comes in the wake of the controversial decision to green-light 550 new homes on the outskirts of Horsforth. Continue reading