Neighbourhood Plan – Declaration of Result of Poll

It is with great pleasure the members of Aberford and District Parish Council announce that, following the referendum that took place on 31.10.19, more than half of voters voted in favour of the Aberford Neighbourhood Plan, and the Plan has therefore now been made. This means the Plan is now part of the development plan in the determination of planning applications in Aberford.

Turnout was confirmed at 27.7%, with 86.7% of voters voting in favour of the Plan.

Members would like to thank all who have been involved in the Plan over the last eight years, and thanks also go to everyone who was able to vote at the referendum.

To view Leeds City Council’s Declaration of Result of Poll please click here (file name “Aberford NP – Declaration of Referendum Results”).

This statement is made in accordance with Section 1 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act.

ADPC Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum 31.10.19

The members of ADPC are pleased to announce we are in the final stages of getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted.

Thursday 31st October 2019 is an important date this year because it is the day a referendum will be held on our Neighbourhood Plan. 

The plan’s policies are based on consultation with residents of the village and with landowners from within the plan boundary. The policies will:

·      help protect us from large scale housing or other developments

·      help to protect community facilities and services

·      provide strong protection of designated local green spaces

The Plan is available to view on the Leeds City Council website and Parish Council website. Printed copies will soon be available to view at the Arabian Horse Pub, Village Hall Café (Fridays only) and Pearce Bottomley Architects (Roman Ridge, Aberford). The Plan is almost identical to the draft Plan people have already seen.

The Parish Council has been working on this for some time and now we are at the final stage we need everyone to go and vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan at the referendum on 31st October 2019. It can then begin to do its work of protecting and improving the parish by shaping future planning decisions in line with community wishes.

To check you are registered to vote please visit the Leeds City Council website by clicking here.

To visit the Leeds City Council web page which contains more information and all the associated documents, please click here.

Leeds Local Areas 20mph Speed Limit Programme – LCC Consultation

Leeds City Council is currently running a consultation, SL3418 Harewood Ward 20mph Scheme, until 12 noon on 08.04.19.

The scheme’s proposals cover Aberford, Bardsey, Barwick in Elmet, Collingham, Scholes, Shadwell and Thorner.

Whilst the parish council is in favour of the proposals to reduce the speed limit on the stretch of Main Street by the school, it has raised concerns previously over some of the proposals, in particular relating to the short cul de sacs on which speeds in excess of 20mph are unattainable, as well as the costs involved and the numerous signs and road markings that will be required if the scheme goes ahead. A formal response raising these concerns again will be submitted by the parish council by the deadline.

Residents are encouraged to submit comments to the consultation, whether in support of all/part of the scheme or against all/part of the scheme. These should be submitted either by post or email to:

  • Post: Mr J Levine, Development Team, Legal Services, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR
  • Email:

You should specify the grounds on which your objection or representation is made, and quote ref: A76/JL/SL3418-Aberford.

The deadline for submitting comments is 12 noon on 08.04.19.

To download the full document relating to the scheme please click here (file name “SL3418 Harewood Ward 20MPH Scheme.pdf”).

Publicising the Aberford & District Neighbourhood Development Plan Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Update and Updated Aberford & District Basic Conditions Statement

The Aberford & District Neighbourhood Plan Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report and the Aberford & District Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement have been updated following a change in case law and subsequent amendments to the neighbourhood planning basic conditions. Leeds City Council is therefore undertaking an additional Regulation 16 Publicity period on the above documents.

Further information on the scope of the publicity is provided below in the Covering Note. Any representations will be made available to the Examiner and on Leeds City Council’s website so that they may consider them when concluding whether or not the Aberford Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions.

This publicity will run between Monday 18th February and Monday 1st April 2019 (closing at 5pm).

Available documents:

  • Aberford NP – Covering Note on the Scope of the Publicity
  • Aberford NP – HRA Screening Update (January 2019)
  • Aberford NP – Basic Conditions Statement (February 2019)

To download the above files click here.

Paper copies of the HRA Screening Update are available upon request at:  The City Centre Hub, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8LX (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30 – 17.00, Weds 9.30 – 17.00)

Representations should be sent directly to Leeds City Council, they may be made by email and sent to or be made in writing and sent to:

Neighbourhood Planning
Policy and Plans Group
Planning Services
Merrion House
110 Merrion Centre

Please note that any representations made will be sent to the Examiner and will be made available on Leeds City Council’s website.

Leeds Festival 2019 – Residents’ tickets application now OPEN – UPDATED 19.02.19

The Leeds Festival 2019 is taking place on 23rd – 25th August and application for residents’ tickets is now open. Please see the instructions for applying below:

  1. Download and print an application form by clicking here.
  2. Post / deliver the completed application form to: Cllr Dave McCready, 11 St John’s Close, Aberford, LS25 3BP.
  3. Ensure your application is received by Cllr McCready no later than 13th March 2019.

Applications by email will not be accepted.

Ticket information (UPDATED 19.02.19):

The Leeds Festival organisers have given Aberford and District Parish Council 54 tickets, each valid for the 3 days of the festival including camping (resident ticket price = £40 / normal price = £205. Ticket prices are set by Festival Republic, the festival organisers). These are a way of thanking the residents for their patience for any disruption caused by the event. If more than 54 tickets are applied for, the tickets will be allocated by way of draw from all applications received. The proceeds from the residents’ tickets will be used to benefit the parish. Tickets are only for Aberford & District Parish residents. Tickets cannot be sold on.

TICKET PRICE UPDATE 19.02.19: The parish council was previously advised the price of resident tickets would be increasing to £60 per ticket for 2019, however Festival Republic have since decided to keep the price at £40 per ticket, the same as the past few years. The application form and poster have been updated accordingly. If you have already completed an application stating the ticket price is £60, the parish council will accept this form and will of course only charge £40 per ticket if your application is successful.

Full terms & conditions can be found on the application form.

Parish and Town Council Elections 02.05.19 – Pre Nomination Briefing Sessions

Leeds City Council’s Electoral Services are holding two pre-nomination briefings at Leeds Town Hall on the 27th February and the 1st March 2019 for any potential candidates to attend. Both briefings are on the same content and will run for approximately an hour.

If you’re interested in submitting a nomination to become a parish councillor, please download LCC’s poster which contains more information about the briefings, and also details how to book your place on one of the sessions, by clicking here.

Great British Spring Clean 2019: 22.03.19-23.04.19

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean 2019 will take place between 22.03.19 and 23.04.19 and Leeds City Council will be supporting volunteer and community groups who wish to take part in it.

A few things have been changed this year, including:

  • The event is later and spread over a number of weeks
  • Groups are being asked to sort the waste so that some items can be recycled. The Keep Britain Tidy model is to have general waste, plastics and aluminium cans in 3 separate bags. In Leeds because of the way that recycling is collected and processed, the cans and plastics should go in together so there will only be 2 bags needed. If any groups don’t feel that they can sort the waste, we are still happy to collect bags of general waste.
  • Leeds City Council is able to provide support by means of provision and removal of the appropriate bags, as well as the loan of litter picking tongs, gloves and hi-vis vests. The amount of these are limited so groups should request the loan of them in plenty of time and to return them promptly after use. Anyone groups wishing to borrow such equipment should contact or if they already have established links with the Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team, their local Team Leader.

There is a wealth of information on the Keep Britain Tidy website – to be redirected, please click here.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up to any events on the Keep Britain Tidy website so that the number of events can be accurately recorded, thank you.