National Planning Mess

This post was originally written to be a response to the comment on the second "Soggy Bottom" objection, post and comment can be read here. I have published separately as I believe there are many salient points about the current governments planning mess. - Editor. Where do I start to deal with Michael’s blunderbuss discharge … Continue reading National Planning Mess

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Good News for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill: Labour community campaign heads off surgery closure

Good news for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill. NHS England today announced that Holt Park Surgery will not now close. This decision follows a successful community campaign, led by Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Sobel and Labour’s local election candidate here in Adel and Wharfedale, Mark Henley, and Al Garthwaite, our candidate in Weetwood. The surgery, … Continue reading Good News for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill: Labour community campaign heads off surgery closure

Proposed closure of Holt Park Surgery: Alex Sobel and Mark Henley demand consultation of local residents

Alex, and Mark have been out on the doorstep around Holt Park, Cookridge and Ireland Wood. The point of doorstep work is to meet local residents and to hear their concerns. Over this last week or so they’ve been getting a worrying message – that there are proposals to close the doctor's surgery at Holt … Continue reading Proposed closure of Holt Park Surgery: Alex Sobel and Mark Henley demand consultation of local residents

Bramhope, Leeds NW and Planning: Greg Mulholland’s record on the Localism Act and NPPF

Last week Leeds Labour Council turned down the planning application from Miller homes to build 380 houses on Breary Lane East. Mr Mulholland, Leeds NW’s LibDem MP, immediately wrote to constituents about this – directly from the Commons and on his website. He ‘confirmed’ Leeds City Council’s rejection of the application. He noted that Miller … Continue reading Bramhope, Leeds NW and Planning: Greg Mulholland’s record on the Localism Act and NPPF

‘Local Communities are powerless to protect their countryside’ – CPRE. Wriggle out of that, Mr Mulholland

We’ve frequently reported on the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s National Planning Policy Framework. We’ve stressed that its effects have been to remove powers from Local Authorities and local people. It’s been called a ’Developers’ Charter’ – and not without reason. Recent work by the Campaign to Protect Rural England now reveals just how bad the situation has … Continue reading ‘Local Communities are powerless to protect their countryside’ – CPRE. Wriggle out of that, Mr Mulholland

The Grand opening of the composting toilet at Church Lane Allotments, Kirkstall: a last engagement for Bernard Atha

On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 26th 2014, Bernard Atha, retiring Labour Councillor for Kirkstall ward and Fiona Venner, the newly elected Labour Councillor for Kirkstall ward, ceremoniously cut the garland of toilet paper (with garden shears of course!) across the door of the newly constructed composting toilet on the Church Lane allotment site, just … Continue reading The Grand opening of the composting toilet at Church Lane Allotments, Kirkstall: a last engagement for Bernard Atha

Adel and Wharfedale’s candidate, Mark Henley, backs Leeds Labour Council’s ‘Brownfield Sites First’ campaign

Labour’s candidate for Adel and Wharfedale, Mark Henley, is backing Leeds City Council’s campaign to restore the requirement to build on brownfield sites first, to protect the green belt. The dropping of this requirement by the Tory-Lib Dem government in new planning rules introduced in 2012 has led to a “developer’s charter”, encouraging a flood … Continue reading Adel and Wharfedale’s candidate, Mark Henley, backs Leeds Labour Council’s ‘Brownfield Sites First’ campaign

Developers told to review plans for Moseley Wood Bottoms

   Leeds City Council has questioned the proposed plan to build up to 200 homes on the area of land behind Moseley Wood Gardens known locally as Moseley Wood Bottoms or, more appropriately, Soggy Bottom. At a meeting of the City Plan Panel on Thursday April 10th, councillors raised a number of questions about the … Continue reading Developers told to review plans for Moseley Wood Bottoms

Annual real wages in Leeds NW have fallen by 17% since 2010: Yorkshire and the Humber is over-reliant on temporary work

Alex Sobel, Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds NW, has joined Yorkshire’s Labour MPs to express concern at falling wages and the over-reliance of the region’s jobs market on temporary work. Annual real wages in Leeds North West have fallen by a mind boggling 17% - or more than £5300 – in the last three years. This is … Continue reading Annual real wages in Leeds NW have fallen by 17% since 2010: Yorkshire and the Humber is over-reliant on temporary work

Planning application to replace local petrol station

Euro Garages Ltd, the owners of Lawnswood Service Station sited at the junction of Otley Road and St Helens Lane in Adel, have submitted a proposal to demolish the existing petrol filling station and carwash and erect replacement petrol filling station with 5 pump island, canopy and convenience store with ATM, associated parking and access … Continue reading Planning application to replace local petrol station