24 March 2023

Community Fair | 2pm Saturday 10 June 2023

S a v e    t h e    d a t e  !


Oulton and Woodlesford Community Fair

2pm Saturday 10th June 2023 @ The Oulton Institute

We are inviting groups and organisations with an interest in the local area to come together for a community fair, giving those living and working in the area an opportunity to discover more about what activities, events, classes, services are available, current initiatives, volunteering groups, and generally inform residents of the rich local tapestry and encourage more involvement locally.

We will have numerous stalls and fun games for the youngsters.

If you would like to have a stall for your organisation, group or cause do get in touch.

6 December 2021

1 December 2021

Vote on Thursday 2 December 2021

It's the big day!

Make sure you lodge your vote for the Neighbourhood Forum Plan.

By adopting the plan as a community through this formal vote, Leeds City Council would be required to abide by the Plan when considering planning applications within our area.

The Plan is intended to secure our green spaces, to ensure future development is in keeping and proportionate, and much more. This is the mechanism by which our community area can be protected.

Make your vote count!  Visit a polling station to cast your vote or to return your postal voting papers if you haven't already sent them.

25 November 2021

Call to vote for the Neighbourhood Plan on 2 December

Polling cards have been arriving on the doormat over recent weeks in Oulton & Woodlesford, and now, for those with postal votes, ballot papers have joined them. 

Without any prospect of an election any time soon, a lot of people have been wondering what they are expected to vote on. When they hear it’s for another referendum, people scarred from the experience of 2016, are concerned that they have even less information to make their mind up on this one. 

The vote is whether to adopt a 150 page document called the ‘Neighbourhood Plan for Oulton and Woodlesford’, and it’s been written [in consultation with local residents and businesses] by a group of local people sitting on the Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum. 

I’ve included a summary of what the document hopes to achieve, as it is appreciated that most people will not have the time to absorb the full document.

It’s taken 10 years to write, and it is no small feat for a bunch of dedicated volunteers.

Their motivation was to try and even the balance between developers and the community when it comes to influencing what is built in our area. If the Plan is approved by the local population in this referendum, then the Council will use the extra guidance within it to achieve better planning decisions that affect our area. 

I appreciate that a lot of people will not have followed the progress of this enterprise over the years, but I have as local councillor, and I am urging as many of you as possible to vote yes to adopt this plan for the interests of all of us as local residents. Thank you.

Stewart Golton

10 November 2021

Your Neighbourhood Plan - Cast Your Vote 2/12/21

Oulton and Woodlesford are distinct communities that over time have grown together, to the point where it is difficult to say where one starts, and one finishes. This increasing connectivity is a product of historical development, often associated with huge changes to the local landscape by industrial development. Much of that development has been progressive, providing facilities that enrich and support both communities.

As the communities have grown and changed, the attractions of the village characteristics of Oulton and Woodlesford have been valued and recognised by residents. As well as having official Conservation Areas, strong community groups work together to keep the local environment maintained and attractive. It is in this spirit that local residents came together to produce this draft Plan.

Development is inevitable as communities grow. However, the strongest communities are those that grow sustainably, preserving a distinctive sense of place, and improving their area over time. This Plan provides a record of what is valued by the local community in Oulton and Woodlesford, so that what gets built in the future can complement rather than compete.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan was subject to a statutory 6-week consultation before being examined by an independent Neighbourhood Plan Examiner. The Plan incorporates the changes required by the Examiner and has also been modified in the light of the Examiner’s recommended optional changes.

The Plan now comes back to you, the residents of Oulton and Woodlesford, to vote on, in a referendum: your time to decide if this Plan should be ‘made’ and adopted by the City Council as part of the statutory Development Plan for the city. At that point the hard work of the Forum and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be realised, and all future planning applications will be assessed against the policies contained therein.

Cllr Stewart Golton, Leeds City Councillor, Rothwell Ward
Professor David Cove, Chair, Oulton and Woodlesford Forum

8 November 2021

Referendum - Thursday 2 December 2021

Want Leeds City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Oulton & Woodlesford when deciding planning applications within the neighbourhood area?

Make Your Vote Count

Voting will take place at the Oulton Institute, Quarry Hill, Oulton and at the Woodlesford Methodist Church, Church Street, Woodlesford, from 7.00 am to 10.00 p.m.

All residents of Oulton and Woodlesford who are on the Electoral Roll are eligible to vote.

Details of the Plan (corrective statement) and related documents (Reg18 Reg16 Reg14) may be seen on the Forum’s website.

The Plan together with all official documents and details related to the referendum are on Leeds planning portal.

The Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Plan is ready for voting!

The primary reason for establishing the Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum was to secure a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the two villages.  Drafted with input from local residents and businesses, and extensive public consultation, that plan is now completed and has been approved by an independent Inspector.

All that is left is for the residents of Oulton and Woodlesford to vote on its adoption. Once adopted Leeds City Council will be required to take the plan into consideration when determining all planning applications within the Forum's area.

The referendum will be held on Thursday 2nd December 2021.  Voting will take place at the Oulton Institute and Woodlesford Methodist Church between 7am and 10pm.


It’s been a long haul. It was in November 2012 that the decision was made at a well-attended public meeting in the Oulton Institute, to form the Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum and to draft a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  Following several rounds of consultation, the Forum’s Steering Committee produced the “pre- submission consultation draft” of the Plan in 2017. This was followed by further consultation, together with inputs from local businesses, developers and landowners.  We then re-drafted the Plan, and this was followed by further consultation.  The next step was scrutiny by the independent Inspector.  All this has been very time consuming, with members the Forum’s Steering Committee, all of whom are volunteers, meeting monthly. It is therefore a relief to have come to the final step.  We of course hope that residents will vote in favour of adopting the Plan. The final version of the Plan will be posted on both the Leeds Planning Portal and on the Forum’s own website (www.oawnf.com), where you can already find many of the documents relating to the Plan.  We should have some hard copies of the Plan available for inspection in advance of the referendum. We would ideally have liked to have distributed copies of the Plan, but the Plan will have over 150 pages, and I am afraid that the Forum (which has no income, relying on occasional grants) cannot afford to do this.

Once the Plan has been accepted, the Forum’s Steering Committee will continue to meet to keep an eye on proposed developments within the villages. We always need more help, so if you want to be more involved, please contact the Forum at enquiries@oawnf.org.

David Cove,

Chair, Oulton and Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum