It was confirmed at the Leeds city council full council meeting in January that the controversial Haigh Side site is now to be a ‘broad location’ in the council’s updated plan. This means that it will be given protection as green belt land for the next 16 years.
The site allocation HG2-173 near Wood Lane is behind the St George’s and Haigh Side estates and this means that the long campaign by Labour councillors and residents has been a success.
We mounted a campaign with residents when it emerged that this large site of more than 500 houses behind the St George’s estate (former hospital) and the Haigh Side estate had been earmarked to provide building land. The site is green belt land and Labour councillors and residents argued that it should remain in the green belt, and that there would be huge access issues affecting the residential estates of St George’s and Haigh Side Way. The area has seen recent double parking problems which we are working to resolve and there is a large volume of traffic already coming from the Wood Lane direction into Leeds. We urged local people to write in their objections to this land being included as a site allocation and worked with the Rothwell Neighbourhood Forum who submitted their own objection.
This is great news, we made our opinion very clear to council bosses that we do not want this as a development site and had meetings with the Executive Board member and the Chief Planning Officer. The arguments we and residents put forward were valid and I’m pleased that we’ve been listened to and that residents have been heard. We argued that brownfield should always be built on first and that the infrastructure in this area of Rothwell just couldn’t cope with a development of this scale, including schools and doctors’ surgeries. We were assured during the consultation that well thought through changes could be made to the site allocations proposals and we took them at their word and pushed for it to be removed. Thanks to all those residents who put in comments and objections.
Just to give an update on the parking issue on Wood Lane. We have been making regular visits over the last few months to look at the problem at different times. Just in the last two weeks we’ve looked at it with Angela Kellett, chair of Rothwell Tenants and Residents Association, and also with Gary Bartlett, the director of highways for Leeds City Council and with Cllr Richard Lewis, the executive board councillor responsible for highways.
We have spoken to lots of residents about this and you understandably have strong, and varied, opinions on the subject. We have also asked for more feedback from residents on the proposed plans which highways had drawn up earlier after our initial meetings.
After giving this much thought and deliberation and considering everyone’s comments, we have decided to progress with the scheme of further restrictions. It does need different actions working together to try to improve the situation. These further parking restrictions will play a part in this.
We are also working with agents of Valley Park who are planning short term to increase parking at one of the sites, the Lowell group’s own offices, a possible short term increase of 106 spaces, and we are working with them to make this happen, and to look at increasing parking at other businesses and at possible options on and off site.
Residents tell us they think the parking problem is dangerous. We want to see the restrictions in place as soon as is practical. Safety is our number one consideration so these are the improvements that we have asked to be implemented as soon as possible:
To improve resident safety, including school children crossing:
Stricter parking restrictions to reduce double parking and provide better visibility and access at junctions.
Request for a pedestrian crossing, we’ve asked for a survey to be done to try to secure a crossing.
We’ve asked Highways to look at better access for buses to get into and out of the bus stops.
Work begins next year on Park and Ride car park at Stourton, which should alleviate some of the parking pressure in Rothwell including in the Wood Lane area
Liaising with representatives of Valley Park to increase its parking provision on site
Liaising with Valley Park to encourage employers to improve their parking policies, such as introducing better car share arrangements and allowing more staff to use current parking facilities (rather than just senior management).
Regularly review the situation particularly any actual impact of the further restrictions on Wood Lane.
We know how frustrating a situation this is for residents which is why we’re determined that things should improve.
We want to reassure you that residents have our full support and we have been and will continue to do all we can to resolve this issue.
Great news for Rothwell as plans are approved by the council to provide brand new extra care housing potentially in the Rothwell area.
I brought a group of interested community activists together to start looking into the possibility of extra care for the future in Rothwell over a year ago and they have been meeting regularly with and my Labour ward colleague Nagle and the council’s adult social care and Executive Board members to discuss how the group will liaise with the council and others to help to make extra care happen in the Rothwell area. Members of the group include, Ron Frost, Pauline Hope, Peter Smith, Anglela Kellett, Stuart Bruce, Gordon Dick, James Morley and Brian Garbett.
We also have an ambition to incorporate a community social hub into Rothwell plans where both residents inside and outside of the extra care housing can meet and it could become a focus of activity to beat social isolation in the wider community, especially where older people are living alone in their own homes.
We have as a group visited two extra care sites – at Yew Tree House in Moor Allerton and last month the recently opened council extra care facility Wharfedale View in Yeadon to get a feel for what we could achieve in Rothwell as a forward thinking alternative that many of us would prefer when we reach our older years.
At the council’s executive board meeting held at Civic Hall on Monday 17 July, members approved a proposal which involves potentially developing six sites in the city for council-owned extra care accommodation, and one of the sites is at Windlesford Green, Woodlesford, which is past the Tesco Express along Holmsley Lane.
The sites identified for possible extra care schemes are in Rothwell, West Ardsley, Armley, Seacroft, Holt Park and Middleton form part of a commitment by the council to invest £30million in the development of extra care housing in Leeds, and working with partners with the aim of delivering over a thousand new extra care units to meet rising demand by 2028.
The council’s approach forms part of the Better Lives Programme, which aims to modernise how care and support is organised in line with older and disabled people’s aspirations. Extra care housing offers an alternative model to residential care, and is primarily for those who have care and support needs as well as a housing need.
Features of the extra care approach include on-site access to 24/7 emergency or unplanned care, access to shared facilities, dining and activities to help alleviation isolation, allows people to use personal budgets to make their own arrangements for planned care, accommodation can be adapted to support the delivery of personal health and social care services.
It’s great news that Rothwell is in the six identified for potential extra care housing to be built. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen looking at other schemes. Whilst in a care setting, people get to have their own modern apartment, not just a room like in a care home, and still have access to the care they need, extra care is not like sheltered housing, as some have suggested, as it can still provide the level of care one might expect in a care home. Times change and so do expectations, I want the best possible for people in Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton. I would like to thank the group for helping us come this far and look forward to working even more closely with local people and the council to try to get the scheme we’d all like in the Rothwell/Woodlesford area.
Great news, we now have the plan of how the council’s highways officers propose to tackle the double parking and other problems on Wood Lane. This is a result of me and David getting highways officers, the executive member and director to come to Wood Lane to see the problem for themselves.
The proposals contain further restrictions to try to combat some of the current problems with cars parking along both sides of Wood Lane and at the entrances to streets off Wood Lane. It is a difficult balance to strike but we would be interested to know what people think before we feed back to the highways officer our views on this proposed scheme.
The plan looks like it could help, but we think it is unlikely to solve all the issues. Let us know what you think in the comments below or contact us direct.
This is the plan. You can click on the magnifying glass icons at the bottom to zoom in and out, or click on the right hand icon with the four arrows to make it full screen. Or you can download a PDF of the map here.
This was the info in the email accompanying the new plan:
Please find a plan showing a traffic regulation order scheme to formalise parking to address the concerns you have raised which are mainly sight lines been obstructed due to parking and that the width of Wood Lane does not safely permit parking on both sides of Wood Lane.
The proposals therefore removes the ability to park on either side of Wood Lane both in the rural section and the urban area to address your concern. I am aware that the parking demand in this area will not simply disappear and I do have a real concern that parking will migrate into some of the side streets. As I have previously explained the policy for resident permit parking is that
a. There is an all day parking issue.
B. Residents are unable to park in close proximity to their homes when they return to the area and
C. The residential properties do not have their own off street parking provision/ opportunity.
As you are aware many of these side streets all have off street parking opportunity and therefore we would not be able to support permit parking in these area.
I am also mindful that the restrictions within the urban area will inconvenience local residents who do and have for many years parked on both sides of Wood Lane and also often park partially on the pavement which was also a complaint you raised at the meeting.
As I have previously explained that from a Traffic Engineering perspective their is no justification for such wide scale measures and that in my opinion some extension of the double yellow lines would address the sight line concerns and the parking on both sides of Wood Lane does act to slow vehicle speeds, particularly when the service used to get regular complaints of speeding.
For some time now, local people in Rothwell have been fed up with the double parking at the top of Wood Lane and David and I have been pushing for action on this situation. We earlier reported on our meeting with Cllr Richard Lewis, the executive board member responsible for highways and Gary Bartlett, the director of highways on site when we showed them the problems. We believe it’s wrong that Rothwell is having to shoulder so much parking from business parks and for travel into Leeds. We had also invited the business park manager from Valley Park, and so were disappointed when no-one from the business park attended. We kept on pushing for the business park to listen to residents and our travel plan officers and the notes below are from the meeting that was eventually held. I have also expressed concern that the notes have taken some time to come through to us from this meeting.
We believe that the Stourton park and ride site, which officers are already working on, could help with the situation and we’re hoping it will be ready as soon as next year, this could be one of the long term solutions.
Highways have been working on a revised scheme which will be available shortly, this may include further parking restrictions to try to reduce or eliminate the stretch of double parking and markings at junctions. It is important though to try to get the balance right as we don’t want even more cars to then try to park on the streets off Wood Lane instead, but David and I feel that without more restrictions double parking will continue regardless of other measures taken.
There is not going to be one action which can solve the whole problems. We have made it clear at the meeting that we will persist until Rothwell sees some improvement on the situation.
There are now also further problems with HGVs reverse turning into the St George’s estate entrance and the situation is getting out of hand and is just not good enough.
Leeds Valley Park – Travel Plan meeting 16th February 2017 (at LCC Leonardo Building)
Attendance: (CBRE – LVP, park management)
(Capita) – by phone.
(Influencing Travel Behaviour, H&T, LCC)
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the LVP Travel Plan, measures and progress, and associated parking issues. The attendees were all aware of the ongoing problems with reports of overspill parking into the residential areas off Wood Lane, Rothwell.
A number of actions for each party were agreed at the meeting and these are summarised below.
Actions for CBRE;
1. As the principal park managers CBRE are responsible for coordinating the delivery of the LVP travel plan by working with the various occupiers.
2. CBRE will prepare and send LCC a LVP travel plan update with details of LVP occupiers, and describing the travel plan measures deployed by each.
3. CBRE will continue to investigate the proposal for an LVP shuttle bus service, including Arla if possible, and LCC to provide First Direct (Stourton) contact details in due course if appropriate.
4. CBRE agreed to encourage LVP occupiers to complete the WY Travel Plan Network survey on an annual basis, starting with the 2017 survey in a few weeks. LCC will invite LVP occupiers directly, to complete the WY annual travel survey.
5. CBRE to contact Caddick Estates to investigate the possibility of providing a temporary car park on adjacent Caddick Estates land.
6. CBRE to provide a list of LVP occupiers, which buildings they occupy, number of staff, number of parking spaces allocated, and occupier travel plan coordinator contact details. This list was partially completed at the meeting, but has unfortunately been misplaced at present.
7. As LVP travel plan coordinators, CBRE will reform the ‘LVP Travel Plan Forum’ inviting all occupiers and the Council to attend meetings.
Actions for Capita;
1. Capita expressed their willingness to work with LCC on travel issues to ensure they are accepted as good neighbours.
2. Capita agreed to send LCC a travel plan update with details of the measures being implemented and their success.
3. Capita agreed to complete the 2017 WY travel survey (and consider completing the longer staff travel survey to get additional information). LCC will send details of both survey options to Ricky in the first instance. Sent 22/02/17.
4. Capita agreed to check their Liftshare database to ensure registered budi groups are true car sharers (live in the same area, and not just picking up people for the last mile to LVP).
5. Capita will provide details of how their LVP parking spaces are allocated.
6. Re White Rose Office Park (briefly discussed) Capita confirmed they are promoting their national Lift share scheme, and will provide data on this.
Actions for LCC;
1. LCC will review the travel plan updates received for LVP and provide further advice as necessary.
2. LCC will send Capita details of the travel plan Planning obligations for the LVP site (sent 15th Feb, CBRE copied in).
3. LCC will send details of the two travel survey options to Capita, and invite (in March) all occupiers to complete the annual travel survey as appropriate. Web links sent 22/02/17.
4. Provide CBRE and Capita with details of the West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network (WYTPN) and encourage CBRE and occupiers to join this free membership organisation. See website http://www.wytpn.com/
5. Attend a LVP Travel Forum meetings.
Following the meeting, the above points were emailed to CBRE and Capita.
These actions were to be chased up by the end of March.
However, just as the notes took too long to come through, we haven’t yet had a progress update. David and I are hoping to have the new plans with options from Highways very soon, we are told they are on their way to us.