Next Council and Committee meetings

The Council will be holding the following meetings in August and September:

Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - 20 August 2020 at 7pm
Full Council - 10 September 2020 at 7pm

A meeting notice can be found here.

Agendas are published 3 working days before meetings and can be found on our Agendas and Minutes 2020/21 page, or are available by contacting the office.


NHS is still there to support those in need  

The NHS has offered advice to those needing help, reassuring people that it is still open to all in need. For more information click here.


Christmas Switch On Event not running 2020  

With all the uncertainty over Covid 19, Horsforth Town Council has reluctantly taken the decision to not run the Christmas Switch On Event this year. The safety of the Horsforth community at a time when a second wave is still deemed possible is paramount.

The Council will still be providing Christmas trees and lights for the community and will also fund new motif lights on New Road Side. Unfortunately, due to COVID, Leeds City Council will not be in a position to install any new lights until New Year 2021; however the work will be done as soon as they are available.

The Town Council is very much looking forward to the Christmas Switch On 2021 when the community can congregate safely. 


Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019/20

This has been completed and submitted to the external auditor.

You can view the documents and find more information by clicking on the AGAR tab on the left, or by clicking this link.


Councillor Surgeries

We haven't been able to hold our usual Councillor surgeries due to Covid-19, but we're starting remote (online) surgeries next week.

Two of our town councillors will be holding each surgery and it's a chance for you to raise any concerns you have about Horsforth or the work of the town council. The councillors will bring your concerns back to the Council to see if there is anything we can do to help.

The first surgeries will be on 30 July and 5 August. We're hoping to add more dates in future.

If you'd like to attend one of the surgeries, contact the office to make an appointment. You will need access to the Internet or a telephone to join in.


Click here to view the the poster in full-size.



Formal Statement by Horsforth Town Council to proposed airport expansion

Horforth Town Council has issued a formal statement objecting to the proposed Leeds and Bradford Airport expansion application. You can read the statement by clicking here 


Council and Committee meetings

The Council will be holding the following meetings in July:
Full Council - 16 July 2020 at 7pm
Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - 23 July 2020 at 7pm

A meeting notice can be found here.

Agendas are published 3 working days before meetings and can be found on our Agendas and Minutes 2020/21 page, or are available by contacting the office. 

 


 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The CIL is a planning charge for developers and landowners which is used to support development of local infrastructure. Leeds City Council collects it and has to pay a proportion to the local communities where the development takes place. 

Click here to find out more about CIL and to see the latest report on CIL income and expenditure.in Horsforth.

 


Council meeting

Horsforth Town Council will be holding its first meeting since lockdown began. 

The meeting will be held remotely on 25 June 2020 at 7pm.

The meeting is open to the press and public.

Details of how to join the meeting can be found on the meeting notice here and the agenda and agenda pack here

 


Covid 19 Information


Information on accessing help, how to stay safe, staying mentally and physically healthy, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found via the COVID-19 menu tab.

STAY SAFE - STAY HOME WHERE POSSIBLE


Horsforth Town Council office is closed until further notice.
The Clerk and Assistant Clerk are working from home.
You can still contact the Council by email: admin@horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

 
J Sou
Clerk
18 March 2020
  


Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan

Horsforth Town Council would like to thank all those who came out to vote in support of the Neighbourhood Plan.The vote was 91.35% in favour of the plan.You can view the declaration of result notice here.

The adoption of the plan is a very positive outcome for Horsforth.

  • ·         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.

 

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.