13 November 2017

Neighbourhood Plan reaches major milestone

You will be delighted to hear that your Neighbourhood Plan will shortly be submitted for public consultation. After five years in the making, the efforts of our collective labours are about to bear fruit.

The next steps call for formal public consultation (planned for early in the New Year), examination by an inspector (around Easter) and finally a local referendum (late summer).

The Plan will be of key importance in determining the future development of Oulton and Woodlesford. Once adopted, following an official local referendum of eligible voters, it will become part of Planning Law that the local Planning Authority will be governed by.

Covering the entire Neighbourhood Forum Area and informed by numerous open consultation exercises with those living, working and having businesses here, the Plan is the result of five years’ work. Although facilitated by your Forum’s elected Steering Committee, the Plan communicates the majority views of the community.

The Plan will be submitted to Leeds City Council for formal comment early in the New Year at which time a six week public consultation will be open. This will be your final opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plan before it is presented for examination by a Government Inspector.

A summary of the plan, together with a request for comments, will be distributed to all properties in the Forum’s area when the consultation opens. The full plan will be available on the Forum’s website and a small number of printed reference copies will be made available to view locally. A small number of public information drop-in events are also planned during the consultation period.

Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of relevant news and information as your Plan progresses. You may also apply for free membership of the Forum.

2 April 2017

AGM and Draft Plan Update

Our AGM will be held at the Oulton Institute on Sunday 30 April 2017 at 2pm. We will also be providing an update on the draft plan which is nearing completion. New members welcome at the meeting.

Nominations for committee positions should be submitted in advance, and in accordance with the Forum's constitution.

15 February 2017

Take action now - HS2 consultations & petition

Public meeting to be held on Sunday 19 February 2017 in Woodlesford, looming deadlines for consultation responses and an urgent call to action for all residents of LS26 and surrounding areas. Read more and find template responses on the SOWHAT website and Facebook group.

Sign the petition TODAY to protect your future

17 December 2016

HS2 Phase 2b Property Consultation

Dates for your diary...

HS2 Phase 2b Property Consultation and the Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation events:

Saturday 21 January Woodlesford
Blackburn Hall, Commercial Street, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0AW 10am - 5pm

Monday 23 January Garforth
Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Thorpe Suite 1150 Century Way, Leeds, LS15 8ZB 12pm - 8pm

Tuesday 24 January Hunslet
Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT 12pm - 8pm

Why is this not in the village again? Ask HS2!

Note that HS2 are likely to have different information displays at the Garforth and Hunslet events, so you are best to attend on the 21st if you can, but if you can't make that... the others are better than nothing.

15 December 2016

Proposed new facility for Oulton and Woodlesford

Rothwell Leisure and Wellbeing Centre

LCC are proposing to build an integrated Leisure and Wellbeing Centre with collocated services with adult social care and other services. The development of the new facility would take place adjacent to the existing Rothwell Leisure Centre to ensure that there is continuity of service and no loss of income whilst the facility is built. The scheme could cost in the region of £10-14m which will maintain the swimming pool and gym facilities, whilst also incorporating new adventure family activities, further co-location and flexible space that moves away from the traditional leisure centre model. The learner swimming pool is proposed to have more water play elements to help with introduction to water..

15 November 2016

HS2 Revised Route

News this morning of revisions to the route make better reading for The Locks and The Maltings, but still a significant impact on Woodlesford and our surrounding greenbelt...

Overview Map

Fleet Lane Map (HS2 site error: original copy here)

Woodlesford Map

Main Line Map

Announcement 1

Announcement 2

Detailed description (pages 64/65)

Property Consultation

Summary: branch line 230km/h over M62, track height over Methley Lane 9m, steep dive into cutting under Fleet Lane, into 1 mile long tunnels, main line continues at 360km/h north on 29+m high 2.2km long viaduct - highest visual and biodiversity impact ratings!

The map above shows the approximate route of the main and branch lines, the tunnel section in orange and viaduct in yellow.

For detailed maps please use the links above.

28 October 2016

Outer South Community Committee

The next meeting of the Outer South Community Committee will be held from 4pm on 28th November 2016 at Rodillian Academy.

There will also be a workshop with a community safety theme starting at 6pm (refreshment from 5:30pm).

See LCC website or their OS Facebook page for other details.