SAP Consultation (Period January 15th – February 26th 2018)

The revisions to the Site Allocations Plan (SAP) are out for consultation during the period January 15th to February 26th 2018. The Save Parlington Action Group invites you to add your name to a campaign to object to the proposed new town in the Parlington Estate, Aberford.

The form may be submitted by anyone, it is not a requirement of the consultation method to be a resident of Leeds. People from as far afield as Indonesia and South Africa have expressed their concern over the proposals to build a new town in the historic green belt of Parlington.

Please advise your friends and relatives for them to add their details all adults are eligible, as are all adult members of one household. The more people we get the harder it will be to proceed with the town. A number of people have submitted the form more than once, maybe due to over enthusiasm! Please don’t as it will only be deleted before being sent to Leeds City Council.

Update Monday 26th February, the objections now total over 1,300, but we cannot take any more through this page after midday today due to the ongoing printing and hand delivery to the council. You can send your own objection by email to:

Below is a transcript of the letter which will accompany the listing of objections, raised from this form.

Leeds SAP Revised Submission Draft Consultation Policy and Plans Group
The Leonardo Building,
2 Rossington Street,
Leeds LS2 8HD

Dear Mr Feeney,
Revised Submission Draft Plan – Specifically MX2-39/BL1-42 Parlington Estate
I have given my name and address on the reverse of this letter to indicate that, due to the reasons below, I believe that despite amendments Leeds Site Allocations Plan (SAP) with Parlington Estate in it still fails all four tests of soundness;

Leeds City Council (LCC) states that it requested a delay to Public Examination of its SAP in order to amend its approach “to ensure no unnecessary release of Green Belt sites in the Plan”. LCC’s Broad Location Methodology does NOT ensure this with respect to Parlington Estate and the ONE HMCA. Throughout the amended Plan documentation are references to development of the whole MX2-39 site and the capacity for 5,000 houses. The “Site” of 792 houses is referred to as “the first phase” and the “Broad Location” as “subsequent phases”. LCC has split the site in two, and claims that the Broad Location can be “saved” when the housing requirement is reduced. However, LCC also appears to view the release of future phases at Parlington as a necessary part of the development of the settlement. Local residents will either be stuck with a highly unsustainable settlement of 792 houses or the release of the Broad Location for houses that are no longer needed and
the unnecessary loss of highly valuable, irreplaceable Green Belt.

Even before concluding its Core Strategy Selective Review LCC acknowledges that it is aware that a revised target for housing need in Leeds will be greatly reduced. The Inspector has asked: “is there potential that land may be released from the Green Belt … that may not have been necessary had the selective review concluded first?”. MX2-39 is allocated to Phase 1 and contributes 350 houses to meet the future 5 year land supply. However, the 5 year land supply is based on the inflated and now discredited annual housing target. If the selective review had already concluded, LCC’s 5 year land supply requirement would be lower and no Green Belt sites would need to be released this early in the Plan period. In addition, LCC has admitted that it will actually exceed this overstated target by 5% by 2022/23 (5% of 47,643 homes is 2,382 houses). This over- allocation means LCC is unnecessarily releasing sites such as MX2-39 from the Green Belt. The Broad Location Methodology therefore fails to protect Green Belt sites from unnecessary release. LCC also details that there is a total of 13,272 homes delivered or under construction and total non-Green Belt allocated sites of 43,769, LCC is therefore aware that it will not have to release ANY Green Belt sites in order to meet the housing need for Leeds.

LCC claims that “sites on brownfield land are within phase 1…on phasing” although this is not a true statement for the ONE HMCA. Brownfield Site HG2-24 at Keswick Lane has been deleted as an identified site and re-designated a ‘Broad Location’ yet LCC state that Broad Locations “are a pool of sites, which remain in the Green Belt” Similarly a mixed site HG2-25 at Bramham has also been deleted as an identified site and re-designated as a Broad Location. By LCC’s own definition neither of these sites should be allocated as a Broad Location but should be moved to phase 1 allocated sites.

Since the submission of the draft SAP in May, Parlington Estate has been listed by Historic England as a Grade II Historic Park and Garden. Regardless of any request for a review by landowners with a pecuniary interest the listing remains in force. LCC should therefore be appraising the site as such and not disregard the listing as it appears to be doing.
In summary:

  • The Plan is STILL NOT POSITIVELY PREPARED for reasons that include its failure to align with the Adopted Core Strategy, failure to apply LCC’s own sustainability appraisal and its lack of a transport infrastructure plan;
  • The Plan is STILL NOT JUSTIFIED because a reduced site of 792 houses on MX2-39 has not been considered against reasonable alternative strategies and the site is no longer a strategic site;
  • The Plan is STILL NOT EFFECTIVE because MX2-39 has no inherent infrastructure – to deliver a single house will require a full provision of infrastructure and will therefore not be deliverable within the plan period;
  • The Plan is STILL NOT CONSISTENT WITH NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY because 792 houses on MX2-39 will be unable to economically support vital services, will be car dependent and therefore unsustainable.

Finally, I would like all future correspondence regarding Leeds SAP from either LCC or the Programme Officer to be sent through Save Parlington Action Group rather than to myself directly.

Yours Faithfully
On behalf of the named person(s) listed Overleaf

2018 Parlington Calendars

The 2018 Parlington calendars can be purchased from this site by clicking on the Buy Button below, please note that there are buttons for the calendar with this post, and the Christmas cards button is with that post, so do be sure to click on the correct one, of course you could click on both and get the calendar and cards! The price of the calendar delivered by post to UK is £6.75 [Calendar £5.00 + £1.75 pp]

Sorry calendars are now sold out!

2017 Christmas Cards


The cards and calendars are on sale in various shops etc in Barwick in Elmet and Aberford also in Garforth and at the old coaching inn on the A64. Here is a list of places:

  • Aberford – The Arabian Horse, Aberford Interiors
  • Barwick – Laprie’s, Barwick Barbers, Maypole Deli, Options Hairdressers
  • Garforth – Cielo
  • York Road (A64) – The Fox and Grapes

Additionally for people who are unable to physically go to the various shops we are offering the cards for sale through the website here.

We are offering a set of four cards for £5.00 which includes postage in the UK, each card is A5 in size and is left blank for a personal message. The payment is via PayPal and is made to Brian Hull’s account from which the funds will be transferred to the Save Parlington Action Group bank.
Cards and Calendars are all sold out as of 21st December 2017.

2017 Christmas Cards of Parlington

Last year we made something of a “wow” with our Christmas cards of winter scenes in Parlington. This year we intend to do likewise and we hope they are as well received as those from 2016. The money raised by selling the cards has contributed to our fighting fund, this year’s cards will add to our reserves, to take on those who would destroy the greenbelt and historic landscape that is Parlington. A Parlington calendar for 2018 is on the blocks, so keep an eye out for it on Facebook or here.

Here is a preview of the four cards which will be on sale very soon.


By Andy Sinclair


By Andy Sinclair


By Brian Hull


By Brian Hull

Leeds Development Plans Panel

Save Parlington members will be at Civic Hall once again this afternoon (Tuesday 21st November 2017) for the Development Plans Panel meeting. We don’t expect to hear anything different to what we already know about the ‘new’ plans for Parlington. The panel are after all only being asked to note LCCs amendments. These amendments will undoubtedly be passed on to the Executive Board where they will be ‘considered’ on 13 December. Save Parlington will continue to lobby all Executive Board members in the meantime.


SAP Form Objection App

The SAP form App is now up and running, with many hundreds of visitors, I think it is fair to say its doing the job it was set up for. The principle idea behind the simple app is to allow people from literally anywhere on the planet, who have an Internet connection, to make an objection to the Parlington Development proposal, which unless we win, will be included in the Site Allocations Plan (SAP) by Leeds City Council.

Remember an objection can be concluded in a matter of a few minutes using the App, even if you re-structure the wording to your personal taste. Your objection may be sidelined by the council but the more we have the less likely this will be the case. We are aiming to exceed the November effort of 3,500 objections, can we double it?

If you use the site, please note that two domains go to the same place. i.e. and this is because the former domain was set up first and continues, whilst the latter better expresses our intentions.

Parlington town will be a blot on the landscape for centuries if this proposal gets approval, your objection will be added to a call by the people of this country to get local government to listen to the people FIRST. They only govern with consent! The proposal in no way meets the criteria set out by the council themselves for a sustainable community. Also if you look at the SAP in total not just the North East Outer Area (HCMA) but the South East Outer Area as well, we believe the housing target is in the order of 20,000 homes. Anyone travelling by public transport or private knows that the area will be swamped by such massive development. Then there are all the support services which will be affected, schools, surgeries, dentists, etc! This is shear madness, you’ve got a week to object!

Ancient Roadway?

I posted this to Facebook:

I believe the hedgerow between the former Deer Park and the adjacent field, which runs roughly north south from Parlington Lane beyond the bank of beech trees by the east end of the Dark Arch towards Hook Moor. It looks like an ancient roadway, being a sunk pathway bounded on each side by hawthorn and fits well with my investigations into the use of Parlington Lane before the Dark Arch was built.

Additional Information

The area is outlined on the aerial view of the proposed site shown below. Essentially it appears to be a very old roadway, running from the corner of the field adjacent to an old pond near the east end of the Dark Arch towards Hook Moor. Additionally there is a sump by the pond which looks as if it was designed to collect water to be transferred to Parlington Lane. A cast iron pipe supplies the water, perhaps as a source of coolant for the train, after 1870. Bits of the system are still intact and there was a building nearby which is long gone. To anyone who knows the area it is by “Nellies Tree”. The building may have been introduced during WW2 and not be associated with the drainage system.


M & G Questionnaire, an Alternative

Although Howard Bedford recommended on FaceBook that no one completes the M & G Questionnaire we feel that an alternative form could be deposited with them which more accurately represents the issue being considered. You can download a “pdf” file here to print and complete to replace the one offered by the developer. You will need to provide a name and email address to obtain the file. The purpose is to offer the developers a more accurate assessment of public opinion and gather details of people where possible who have a view on the proposed development. The information will remain private and only be used for purposes of improving the number of objections to the Parlington Development.

The form is partially completed except for the box 9, where there is space for each visitor to fill in their details, this prevents the information from being used ad hoc by M & G. Also each of the response sections has sufficient space to add additional comments if wanted.



The sign of the Times


Angry Protests

People are getting annoyed, their village, their community… but the dysfunctional system thinks it knows best. Think again LCC.

A recent appearance on the streets of Aberford are protest signs. Not something you come across everyday in the sleepy village! But a definite indication that there is a lot of resentment about the sudden introduction of a huge new town development literally on the doorstep. Also it being a green belt location well loved for its beautiful country walks along old trackways through well wooded landscape, why develop on it?

If you sit by and let it happen, one day you’ll wake up in an urban landscape of continuous housing from Aberford, through Parlington to Garforth and on. Don’t let it happen, it will be a one way street, no turning back. So make your rotest known to the Council in Leeds, and also at Parish level.

Parlington Village Invitation (pt2)

Continuing on from the earlier post, here I look at the second page of promotional blurb…

Continuing Paragraphs Five to Eight:

The vision for Parlington Village is to deliver an outstanding master planned community to help meet the city’s requirement for housing.

Ideas are at a conceptual stage but the village will be designed to provide a broad range of housing sizes and types, to buy or rent. It will include a full range of affordable housing and benefit from significant community investment, including provision for schools, healthcare, retail and employment together with good existing, and potential, connectivity to road, rail, bus and cycle links.

The Parlington Estate extends to about 2,000 acres. Only the central area of the estate will be developed, leaving the majority of the land as farm and woodland, which will be covered by a comprehensive management plan preventing further expansion and allowing greater public access.

The Parlington Estate is managed by M&G Real Estate. M&G Real Estate is one of the UK’s largest institutional property investors and has considerable expertise and access to potential sources of funding that can help deliver the proposed development.

Taking each paragraph in turn:

Paragraph One. No one would say otherwise, this is an irrelevance, I always worry when I hear the word community, it is so often used in a patronising fashion.

Paragraph Two. The old community message again, the first sentence is standard fare, but the investment for schooling, healthcare and retail calls for a large established population before they can be viable. Take Aberford as an example, it has lost all its shops bar one, which is an offshoot from the Arabian pub, I’m excluding Aberford Interiors as that is out of the village. Only one pub left, one doctors surgery gone, post office gone. There is a primary school, partly supported by the lease of land off the Parlington Estate, otherwise it is hardly a paragon of modern school architecture, it could readily do with improvement. Methodist church gone for re-development, garage caput! Employment, they mean rented space for people to open offices etc, the employment is not encouraged by the development, that is down to the enterprise of individuals and businesses. Then we have the nonsense about ‘good existing, and potential, connectivity to road, rail, bus and cycle links.’  This subject is worthy of a long post on its own. Suffice to say I think you could count the number of cyclists heading to work on one hand, and even less when the weather is inclement.

Paragraph Three. “Only the central area of the estate will be developed”, it really doesn’t matter its all green belt. The last sentence is pretty irritating, there are numerous footpaths around the estate a fraction of them open to public access. Past management has seen every bit of the estate deteriorate, from walls collapsing to listed structures caving in, from no maintenance of the pathways open to the public, and appalling dredging of the two ponds. Not to mention the abandoning of the old lake, below the Hollins, which was a pleasure ground in Victorian times and hosted annual fetes. It also had the benefit of controlling the water progress of the Cock Beck, useful when the village of Aberford floods. All abandoned, good management… what!

Paragraph Four. The history of the estate, and who owns it is certainly worthy of enquiry, it was last on the books of the Prudential at circa £12M, having been owned by them it then passed to Swiss-Re then back to the Prudential, now we are told it is in the possession of M&G, a subsidiary of the Prudential! Until the recent past the estate was managed by external surveyors, Lane Fox, then Strutt & Parker following a merger, finally it was taken on by Law & Fiennes, so now it seems the M&G group have stepped into the breach.

To Summarise, its GREEN BELT, its GREEN BELT, its GREEN BELT! And oh bye the way a pokey little piece of land adjacent to the Aberford Village Hall, also in green belt has been rejected for a small number of houses, 5 I believe, where the land owner was prepared to fund a new village hall. So where is this idea of community!