A planning application for 129 homes has been submitted this week to Leeds City Council to build on Carlton’s Strawberry Fields.
In December we were all shocked to find out about the potential planning application to build on Carlton’s ‘Strawberry Fields’. We, as Rothwell Labour councillors, wrote to residents immediately to reassure that we will be fighting this application for 129 houses all the way as Carlton just can’t accommodate a development of this size.
This is to reassure residents that now the planning application is in we are working with local people and the Carlton Village Neighbourhood Forum to oppose it. We are against these plans which are totally unsuitable and would change the face and character of the small village of Carlton forever. We all know that the small village infrastructure cannot cope with such a huge development.
The local landowner and its associates put Strawberry Fields forward to Leeds City Council as a possible site allocation for building some of the new homes that Leeds will need in the next decade. However, the council rejected this as it isn’t a suitable site. One of the primary reasons being that it would change the character of a small village beyond all recognition. However, the council recognised the need for some new homes in Carlton, which is why a smaller part of the site (at the north end near The Unicorn and Carlton Club) was identified as suitable. It rejected the agricultural green field as it wasn’t suitable.
I am submitting my own objection as your local councillor and resident to the planning application and encourage you to submit your own individual comments and objections. Some key points you may consider including in response to planning application 18/00370/OT :
- This development would increase the size of the village dramatically by up to almost half its current size again
- This development would change the character of a very small village beyond recognition
- The roads of Carlton cannot cope with a development of such a size. There are huge problems with parking on these narrow windy roads where traffic including buses often struggle to get through at school drop off and pick up times, when there are school events and when there are events at the Carlton cricket club.
- There is no suitable and safe access to the proposed site
- The development would put an intolerable strain on the drainage system of a small village.
- Local schools are already full.
- Carlton’s heritage is very closely linked with rhubarb and its production. It’s rhubarb sheds have featured on national TV, coach tours visit Carlton to see the production of our famous rhubarb. Carlton primary school named its classes after varieties of rhubarb to teach village children about their heritage. The school children have regularly toured the rhubarb sheds.
- It is a local annual tradition to close the road through the village to hold the Rhubarbfest celebrations, on the road, on council land and working with local businesses, it is important to community life that this tradition is allowed to continue. It is unlikely that it could continue as usual in the face of this development.
A village meeting is being organised in the next couple of weeks (date to be confirmed shortly) where you can come along and discuss the issues with us your local councillors, the Carlton Village Neighbourhood Forum and residents supporting ‘Save the Rhubarb Triangle’.
If you oppose this application, then it is important to put in your own comments to the planning department of Leeds City Council.
You can put in your objection either via e-mail to Planning@leeds.gov.uk, in writing to the Principal Planning officer at the Development Department, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD or you can visit http://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/ and follow the instructions to comment online. Please include your name and address as anonymous comments will not be considered. Also, please be aware that all comments received about an application are made public and your comments will appear on the internet on Public Access. The closing date for comments on this application is by Friday, 23rd March 2018.
We have written again this week to update Carlton residents on the planning application.
By standing firm together we can win this battle, save Carlton from overdevelopment and keep the character and heritage of our village.