Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan

10 points to show why you should vote “yes” to the Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan(NP) Referendum question “ Do you want Leeds City Council (LCC) to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Horsforth to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

  • ·         Green spaces in Horsforth are special and valuable. The NP contains policies that promote the retention of green spaces and provides protection to some that are not otherwise protected. Some of the boundaries of Horsforth are defined by becks. These watercourses and the associated land adjacent to them are recognised in the NP as important wildlife, amenity and recreation networks.
  • ·         There are a number of special buildings and structures in Horsforth that have no protection within planning law at present. These buildings and structures are given Non-Designated Heritage Status in the NP. Some examples are the memorial boulder stone and lime trees on Stanhope Drive, and the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
  • ·         Character areas, previously identified in the Horsforth Design Statement, are confirmed and described in more detail alongside specific requirements for any developments taking place within those areas. This aims to ensure that new development fits in well with what is already there.
  • ·         The four Conservation Areas (CA) in Horsforth are recognised in the NP and in e.g. Horsforth Town Street CA, a specific policy is introduced to indicate how shop front lighting should be, so that its impact is managed, especially where it affects nearby residents.
  • ·         Three new local heritage areas are recognised. The Brownberries and its associated buildings originating in the mid-18th century, the Victorian and Edwardian villas of North Road and Scotland Lane, and the “arts and craft” housing style of the 1930’s – 1950’s on upper West End Lane and the Southway Estate. Any development in these areas must take the style of these existing buildings into account.
  • ·         Leeds Development Plan has identified a number of sites in Horsforth on which housing can be built. The NP identifies five of these and specifically details requirements that must be considered when they are developed. The largest of these sites is the former Horsforth (Park Lane) Campus and its crucial location,  feeding traffic onto the A65 and Horsforth Roundabout.
  • ·         Having an NP will mean that the Town Council (TC) attracts an additional 10% from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL - a new-house tax). Currently the TC receives 15% of CIL. This will rise to 25% once the plan is adopted by LCC. This money is to be spend of the provision of community services.
  • ·         The NP recognises the need for housing provision of particular type, and has a policy encouraging the provision of accommodation specifically designed for the elderly and providing a mix of tenures; small starter and family homes; and housing for independent living.
  • ·         The NP notes the predominance of hot food takeaways in the town and seeks that these should not undermine the vitality and viability of existing retail uses to meet day to day local shopping needs. The NP recognises that a concentration of these might detrimentally impact on the community in respect of amenity of the area and traffic generation, and in evening opening, the effects (including parking and noise) on residential accommodation.
  • ·         Parking in Horsforth can sometimes be a nightmare as well as the impact of school time drop off and pick-ups. The NP seeks to ensure the existing provision of both private and public car parks and supports the provision of additional parking created at e.g. the Fink Hill Car Park. Any new schools should include specific off-road drop-off and pick-up areas. There is also a policy promoting improved cycling, walking and equestrian routes.

These are a small selection of the benefits of having a Neighbourhood Plan. The purpose of the plan is to influence local planning in Horsforth when it comes to the green environment, the built environment, employment and shopping, housing, community facilities and services and traffic and transport. In particular the plan gives local people a greater say in how the town will develop in the years up to 2028.

Your “yes” vote is therefore important to help the town manage its development in future years.

Postal-vote “yes” and vote “yes” in the forthcoming Referendum on Thursday 27th February.

 

The Town Council has requested, and Leeds City Council has agreed, that the date for the Horsforth NP Referendum will be Thursday 27th February 2020.

All those within the Horsforth Town Council area and on the Horsforth Electoral Roll will be notified of the Referendum and directed to the final Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents.

You can see these documents here.

The Referendum will ask the simple question “Do you want Leeds City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Horsforth to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” A majority decision will adopt the plan or not.

 


 Good Citizen and Young Achiever Awards  

Do you know any good citizens and young achievers from Horsforth who deserve this award? Horsforth Town Council wants your nomimations for 'Good Citizen and Young Achiever' for 2020.

The young achiever could be an amazing athlete, a creative artist or an excellent student. They may help within their community or be an inspirational carer.

The good citizen could be a volunteer, or someone going the extra mile at work – we want to know about anyone helping make a difference within their community.

Nomination forms for both categories can be downloaded here.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council has to lodge a report with Leeds City Council every year giving details of how much Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money it has received and spent. The report for 2018-19 has just been lodged.

More about CIL,what it is and the report for 2018-19 can be found by clicking on this link


External Audit

The Council's Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2018-19 has been reviewed by the external auditor.

More details and how to view the accounts can be seen by clicking on the "Annual Return" tab on the left or on this link



 Next Horsforth Town Council meetings

  • Community and Environment Committee - Thursday 9 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee - Thursday 16 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 5BL
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Full Council - Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7.00pm at St Margaret's Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LA
A councillor surgery will take place at the same venue at 6.30 PM
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 20 February 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Community and Environment Committee - Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee - Thursday 12 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 5BL
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 19 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Full Council - Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 7.00pm at St Margaret's Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LA
    A councillor surgery will take place at the same venue at 6.30 PM

Agendas for these meetings are available three working days before the date of the meeting by clicking on this link. 



Purchase of 3&5 The Green and The Stables 

Update 27 February 2019: Council resolved to apply for approval to take out a loan of up to £290,000 

  

Click here for link to full-sized poster

The agenda and report for this meeting is now available.

You can also download the business plan

Please contact the office if you would like more information.  

 


Goodbye to plastic cups

Horsforth Town Council is working towards stopping use of single-use plastics.

As a starting point, the Council has stopped using disposable plastic cups during its meetings - councillors will be bringing in their own cup or mug if they want a drink!

The Council would urge businesses and schools in Horsforth to think about how they can reduce their use of single-use plastics.