24 March 2023

Community Fair | Saturday 10 June 2023

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Oulton and Woodlesford Community Fair

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