Campaign Update

Just to report progress with the “Keep Meanwood Valley Special” campaign since its launch last week.

The main news is that the campaign has a new website, www.sogtetleyfield.com, where amongst other things you’ll find:

  • advice on how to Object to the Tetley Field planning application
  • a link to Meanwood Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday where the campaign will have a stall to help people submit their Objections
  • a copy of the campaign poster to download and print (put it up in your window!)

There is also a new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/savetetleyfield/

Take a look also at the Objections already submitted to Leeds City Council

The most important thing is to remember to make your Objection if you haven’t already done so! The deadline is 10 June. You can do this either online or by post. At the moment, there are only around 30 Objections listed on the Council’s website – we’re hoping for dozens more (ideally even more than dozens!), so do please Object, and encourage other people you know to do the same.

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Campaign launched to Keep Meanwood Valley Special

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Tetley Field

Save our Green Space

Keep Meanwood Valley Special

A campaign has been launched to encourage as many people as possible to object to a planning application to build 45 residential dwellings on Tetley Field in the Meanwood Valley. Tetley Field is a beautiful, wildlife-rich 11 acre field bordering Meanwood Park in the Meanwood Valley Green Belt. The public are urged to object to this application before the deadline of 10 June.

Download this poster to find out more about the campaign and how to make your objection to the application

How to object to the application

Once you have read the information on the poster, please draft out your objection:

  • Read the guidance in the poster about what to say. Remember particularly that your wording needs to be unique and personal to yourself. Please do not simply copy the whole guidance verbatim, as this will just be regarded by the Council as the same representation repeated. You may want to focus on those of the 10 “Grounds of objection” listed that are most relevant to you.
  • See examples of Objection Comments already made against the application.
  • There is more guidance on how to comment on planning applications on the Leeds City Council website.

Then, submit your objection before 10 June, by one of two methods:

  1. EITHER: Online: Visit https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/ and copy and paste the reference 16/02583/OT into the search box. My previous blog has more on how to register on the system and submit Comments.
  2. OR: by Post: Write to Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 8HD, including your name and address and quoting the application number 16/02583.

There are more ways you can help:

  • Tell people you know about the campaign and urge them to object to the application.
  • Share information about the campaign through social media. There is now a Facebook page at facebook.com/savetetleyfield and on Twitter you can follow @meanwoodrambler and use the hashtag #tetleyfield. Why not raise more awareness via Instagram, youtube or any other social media?
  • Print out the poster and put it up in your front window and any appropriate community spaces you can think of.
  • Take a late-spring walk on Tetley Field and remind yourself why it’s so special.

Where is Tetley Field?

Tetley Field is normally accessed on foot from the right of way between Weetwood Avenue and Weetwood Mill Lane. It is also possible to access it from behind the duckpond (sometimes know as the “American Garden”) in Meanwood Park. Online, you can type “Beckside Gardens Weetwood” into Google Maps to see where it is. The map below should also help:

tetleyfieldmapRemember the key points:

  • Object before 10 June
  • Encourage others to do the same
  • This is Green Belt protected land
  • Keep Meanwood Valley Special!

Many thanks for your support of this campaign. More information about the recent history of the housing threat to Tetley Field can be found by clicking the Tetley Field tab at the top of the page.

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Get ready to protect Meanwood Valley

The planning application to build 45 properties on Tetley Field in the Meanwood Valley has now been submitted. Local residents have met to discuss how to encourage as many people as possible to object to the application. A formal campaign will be launched shortly, with full guidance on how to object. This blog provides a few tips in advance of the campaign launch on how you can prepare to make your objection.

The deadline for Comments on the application is 10 June, so start thinking now about how you’re going to object, what you’re going to say and how to encourage others to do so too.

First of all, you might want to have a look at the application itself. To do so, visit https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/ and copy and paste the reference 16/02583/OT into the search box. This brings up the application:

Address: Land North Of Weetwood Avenue Weetwood Leeds LS16 5NG

Proposal: Outline application for residential development up to 45 dwellings including access

The are 44 (gulp!) documents associated with the application. Obviously, it’s impossible to take in all this stuff. The one I found most useful was the “Planning Statement”, particularly pages 6-8 (which summarises the proposed development) and pages 29-50 (which outlines the applicant’s case – always good to know). I also noted the “Street Scenes”. These demonstrate the likely visual impact of the development when viewed from Meanwood Park – quite a big factor for a regular visitor to the Park like me. Given that you can clearly see the Park from the Field through the trees (see my photo below), the impact is likely to be considerable.

DSC02332Once you’ve looked at the application, you can also register so that you’re in a position to submit a Comment. Click on “Comments” then “Register here”. You are asked for Name, Email address, Password (create your own) and Address. Tick the Terms & Conditions. You are then sent an email with a final link to click to complete your registration.

You are then in a position to make a Comment. Given that the system will only allow you 1 hour on the form, you might want to prepare this in advance in Word or similar. Full guidance on the kind of things to say will follow shortly with the statement accompanying the campaign launch. However, at this stage it’s worth emphasising that ideally you will need to say something unique and personal to yourself. Signing a petition or copying and pasting the pre-prepared statement will just be regarded by the Council as the same representation repeated. So, over the next few days, have a think about why you feel the Field is valuable to you. Ideally your wording, when you do come to comment, should sound as if it’s coming genuinely from you and be just a little different to everyone else’s.

I’ve had a go at drafting out what I’m going to say. Obviously, I will tweak this when the campaign is launched. However, I show it here to give an idea of the kind of thing to come up with:

As a Meanwood resident, I object to this proposed development because it threatens the Green Belt in the Meanwood Valley, one of the best things about living in this area. I understand that development in the Green Belt conflicts with both local and national planning policies. Development on this site is therefore clearly inappropriate.

In particular, I value the existing character of the site of this proposed development (which is known locally as “Tetley Field”). I use the Field on a regular basis for informal recreation – rambling and running. The Field has great character – it feels like a valuable and quiet “wild open space” in the inner city, and has views into Meanwood Park and beyond. It is clearly an important wildlife refuge for both animals and plants. Several paths cross the site, linking to other parts of the Meanwood Valley, which demonstrate that the Field is well used by local people. In addition, the Field adjoins Meanwood Park, so development here would clearly have a detrimental visual impact on the Park itself.

In conclusion, as a Meanwood resident I feel that development on this site would be a considerable loss to the area. In addition, there would be no obvious benefits in return from the redevelopment of Headingley Stadium, to which this application is directly related.

Note when filling in the Comments form you will have to click your “Stance” – Object, Neutral or Support. Obviously, when the time comes, please Object (if you disagree with this, you’re probably reading the wrong blog!).

Full details of the campaign to protect this corner of the Meanwood Valley will follow on this site very shortly. Ideally, please don’t actually fill in the Comments form until after the campaign launch. But with the deadline for Comments being 10 June, get ready to object now, and encourage people you know to do the same.