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