16 March 2021

Draft Plan Submitted to LCC for Examination

Draft Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan Submission for Examination

The draft Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan, prepared by Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum, has been submitted to Leeds City Council for independent examination.  It is the Council’s duty to arrange a 6 week publicity of the plan proposal and to organise an independent examination and referendum.

The Plan Proposal

The plan proposal sets out a vision for the future of Oulton and Woodlesford and includes planning policies that will help Leeds City Council to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.


In accordance with Paragraph 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum has submitted the draft Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan along with associated documents to Leeds City Council.  In accordance with Paragraph 16 of the same regulations the Council is now publicising the plan proposal and seeking comments on the contents of the plan. The publicity period is for a period of 6 weeks and runs between Tuesday 16th March and Tuesday 27th April (closing at 5pm).

The submission documents can be accessed from the Leeds City Council website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/oulton-and-woodlesford-neighbourhood-plan

The submission documents are:

      -        Draft Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan

-        Neighbourhood Area Map

-        Consultation Statement

-        Consultation Statement Appendices

-        Basic Conditions Statement

-        SEA-HRA Screening Report

-        HRA Screening Report Update


How to make comments

If you wish to make comments on the plan, these must be made in writing.  You are encouraged to use the online survey to respond to the consultation: https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/OWReg16/. Alternatively you can respond by email at: npsupport@leeds.gov.uk.

If you would like to discuss the neighbourhood plan over the phone with a member of the LCC Neighbourhood Planning Team, please contact us at npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 37 87997 to make arrangements.

Representations are to be submitted by Tuesday 27th April (5pm).

Next Steps

Leeds City Council will collate the representations and pass them onto the Independent Examiner who will assess whether the plan proposal meets the Basic Conditions and can proceed to referendum.

Representations may include a request to be notified regarding Leeds City Council’s decision under Regulation 19 (Decision on a plan proposal) to make the submitted neighbourhood development plan for Oulton and Woodlesford.

Please be aware that all comments received will be publicly available on the City Council website.

4 January 2021

January Update

Last year saw the Forum predesignated, our Neighbourhood Plan progress ready publication, LCC being forced to withdraw greenbelt sites from their Site Allocation Plan and significant engagement with proposed development within the forum area.

At this time we would welcome new members to sign up and existing members to let us know of any changes to their email address so we can ensure you receive details of the plan's publication and subsequent progress to adoption. Whether newly resident in the area, existing, working or having business interests in the Forum Area, membership is open and free to all.

We are also seeking applications for positions on the Steering Committee, and for the post of Treasurer. If you would like to know more, apply or otherwise volunteer please do get in touch.

5 October 2020

Steering Committee Meeting 12 Oct 7pm

Our next meeting of the Steering Committee will take place on Monday 12 October at 7pm by telephone conference. If any members or developers have any matters they would like to discuss with the forum, please get in touch to make arrangements to attend the meeting.

4 October 2020

AGM - Chair's Report

The Forum's 2020 AGM was successfully held today. Along with the election of the Steering Committee, we welcome several new Forum and committee members. Read the Chair's report.

15 September 2020

2020 AGM - Sunday 4 October @ 2pm

The Forum's Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 4 October 2020 at 2pm by telephone conference call. Nominations for posts and votes shall be submitted, in writing, in advance of the meeting in accordance with our constitution and the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

As C-19 restrictions prevent us holding a physical meeting, the AGM will take place by telephone conference instead. We have chosen this method to ensure the meeting is accessible to everyone that wishes to attend, as only a fixed or mobile telephone is required.

Those wishing to attend should dial-in five minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting, clearly recording their first and last name. The meeting will be recorded. Dial 0333 0112 308, enter room number 56758060 # and guest PIN 1397 #

Nominations for positions on the Steering Committee must be submitted, in writing, seven days before the commencement of the Annual General Meeting.  The proposer, seconder and nominee must all sign the nomination, and must all be voting members of the Forum. Proposal forms must be receive no later than 2.00 pm on Sunday 27 September 2020 and should be posted to the Forum at Oulton Institute, Quarry Hill, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8SX.

Where nominations exceed available posts, details of those nominated for such posts shall be publicised on this website from 28 September 2020. We would ask that hard copy proxy votes are made wherever possible in advance of the AGM by eligible voting members. These should be addressed to the Chair of the AGM and be received by 2.00pm on Saturday 3 October 2020. Post forms to the Forum at Oulton Institute, Quarry Hill, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8SX.

Why do we require hard copy votes in advance?

Due to the logistics of the AGM, the inherent limitations of conducting a vote by telephone, and the requirement to identify and verify eligible voting members, written proxy votes are the only viable option. The Chair of the meeting may, by exception, invite specific individuals to cast their vote during the meeting where they wish to change their proxy vote or were for legitimate reasons unable to vote in advance. Where a clear majority exists, relative to those eligible to vote during the meeting, no vote shall be called during the meeting. Where votes are cast during the meeting, results shall be provisional until such time as the voter is verified.

10 August 2020

LCC consultation on the re-designation of O&WNF

Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan

Publicity of the application to re-designate the Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum

The Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum was designated in July 2014. A forum designation lasts for five years, therefore the forum has applied to the council to be formally re-designated in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Re-designation will enable the forum to continue to prepare the neighbourhood plan for the Oulton and Woodlesford neighbourhood area, which remains unchanged.

The neighbourhood forum application includes a map of the designated neighbourhood area, a copy of the written constitution, a list of membership, a statement of reasons as to why the application meets legislative requirements, and the contact details of a member of the forum, for which the council has express consent to make available online.

Click here to read the neighbourhood forum application

Leeds City Council are currently asking for your views on the proposal to re-designate the neighbourhood forum.

Have your say

If you want to give your view about the proposal to re-designate the forum, complete their online survey. The deadline to give your view on this proposal is 5pm on Monday 5 October.


If you'd prefer to send comments to LCC directly, email on npsupport@leeds.gov.uk.

Members of the Leeds City Council Neighbourhood Planning Team are willing to discuss the neighbourhood plan over the phone by appointment, please email npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 37 87997 to make arrangements.

Please note that if the re-designation is made, no other organisation or body may be designated for the Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Area until this designation expires or is withdrawn.

See this information on LCC website by clicking here