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.


Abnormal Loads Through Aberford – Public Meeting – 12.02.19, 8pm

Heineken UK will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 12th February at 8pm in the village hall  to provide information and answer questions regarding some abnormal loads that are due to come through Aberford in March/April 2019 (dates TBC).

Please come along if you have any questions or would like more information about how and why the vessels are being transported through the village.

Free refreshments will be offered from the brewery and from the village hall cafe.

To download the poster from Heineken UK, click here (filename “Heineken UK – Abnormal Loads Public Meeting, 12.02.19”).

Aberford Neighbourhood Plan – Basic Condition Amendment

The Independent Examiner of the Aberford Neighbourhood Plan, Ms Ann Skippers MRTPI, has issued a note regarding a Basic Condition Amendment, following the Conservation of Habitats and Species and Planning (Various Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018, which came into force on 28 December 2018.

To download a copy of the note, please click here (filename “NDP Amendment to Basic Condition Jan 2019”).