Parlington Village – Proposed Development

M&G Real Estate are holding two informal discussions to explain and exhibit their initial ideas regarding a proposed development at Parlington. The dates and venues are as follows:
* Aberford Village Hall, Friday 7th October 2016, 2.00pm – 8.00pm
* The John Rylie Centre, Barwick in Elmet, Friday 14th October 2016, 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Leeds City Council are holding two drop in centres as follows:
* Wetherby Town Hall, Tuesday 4th October 2016, 2.00pm – 8.00pm
* The John Rylie Centre, Barwick in Elmet, Thursday 20th October 2016, 2.00pm – 8.00pm

All residents are welcome to attend any of the meetings to share their views and ask questions about the proposal.

If you are unable to attend and/or you would like to submit any comments in relation to the proposed allocations to Leeds City Council, please do so by following this link to use the on-line interactive map and comments form:

More information can be found at the Leeds City Council Site Allocations web page for Outer North East:

You can also email any questions you have to Leeds City Council at:

Further updates will be posted on the website as and when they are available.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 16.08.16

Following the PC meeting of 20th September, minutes from the August meeting are now available. To view, please click here.

Aberford Village Hall AGM – 20 Oct 2016, 8pm

The Aberford Village Hall Annual General Meeting will be held in the hall on Thursday 20 October 2016 8.00pm – 9.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and those who do will receive a warm welcome and will be able to contribute as well as listen to the topics to be discussed, which include:

  • Updates on the Parish Grant and Maintenance Project
  • Opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions
  • Find out about the Village Hall Supporters
  • Management Committee Vacancies
  • Future plans & ideas

All welcome, hope to see you there!

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 20 Sept 2016

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 20 September in the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, commencing 7:30 p.m.

The agenda, together with ancillary papers, are available for download here.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 19.07.16

Following the PC meeting of 16th August, minutes from the July meeting are now available. To view, please click here.

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 16 August in the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, commencing 7:30 p.m.

The agenda, together with ancillary papers, are available for download here.

Wind Farm Community Grants

The Wind Farm at Hook Moor has now been up and running for some months. The operators (Banks Group) provide a Community Fund to which local groups (i.e. in Aberford & Micklefied) can apply. To date, we understand there have been no applications from any groups within Aberford.

The fund itself will provide £10000 per annum over the next 25 years. If you run a local group (or know someone who does!) you can check your eligibility to receive a grant via the Banks Community Fund website. Applications can also be made online through this link. We are sure there must be many local community groups who could benefit from an injection of funds, so apply now before this year’s allocation runs out.

Archbishop Sentamu’s Visit to Aberford

A little while ago (19 April was it? – time flies!) Archbishop Sentamu visited the village as a part of his Easter Pilgrimage. Here’s a couple of pictures to commemorate the event.

Thanks are due to Mike Oakes who kindly took the photos.

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Residents may already have seen reports of proposals put before LCC by the owners of the Parlington Estate, to develop a large area of land off Junction 47 primarily (but not exclusively) for housing from 2020 onwards.

The Parish Council received a letter from the Conservative Group Office a couple of days ago which briefly sets out the background and thinking behind these proposals. A copy of this letter is available for all to read, in our Neighbourhood Plan folder, here.

As mentioned, there will be fuller consultations towards the end of the year, assuming (as we do) that these proposals are taken forward. We shall, of course, keep you advised of developments.

Parish Council Meeting 19 July 2016: Points of Interest


Since our last meeting there have been two reported burglaries in the parish, both preventable. Summer weather brings open windows and doors, which provides ideal opportunities for criminals to enter properties. There have also been an increasing number of burglaries in surrounding villages, properties with the older, non-secure euro locks being a particular target. Please ensure your house is secure at all times, including stuff in your garden shed.


Since our last meeting, Councillor Jacqueline Jeffrey has resigned from the Parish Council. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Councillor Jeffrey for the work she has done for the parish whilst a Councillor.


Work continues on this. Whilst there are various protections for existing buildings/areas (including, for example, Listed Building status, Greenbelt, and the Conservation Area) we are looking to strengthen these where possible. If there are structures or areas you feel are important to the parish that are worthy of protection but may not currently be included then please let us know.


The stock of table tennis bats and balls always seems to disappear. With the school holidays almost upon us we will be restocking – please respect the equipment and leave it behind for others to use when you’re done.


Following the construction of the Wind Farm at Hook Moor the Community Fund is now up and running. £10,000 per year is available for local groups over the next 25 years. If you feel your organisation might benefit please visit their website here.


These will be delivered to the Parish Council in the week immediately before the event. If your application was successful therefore please be patient….


There is now the facility on the LCC website to report problems on Rights of Way directly to them via e-mail. Please follow the link here.