Bardsey Neighbourhood Plan—Update October 2015

In last month’s issue we were able to report with considerable relief that Leeds City Council had confirmed their intention to allow development of the strategic site at Headley Fields, and that the recently published Site Allocations Plan contained no changes in respect of Bardsey SHLAA sites.

This month it is with considerable dismay that we have to report that the landowner, Leeds University, subsequently informed LCC that it has decided to withdraw the site altogether and not after all bring it forward for development. This decision came as a bolt from the blue to all concerned.

The reason for this decision, and exactly what implications it has, is yet to be determined. We doubt even LCC are clear as yet. We do know that LCC continue to make representations to Leeds University in an attempt to resolve whatever issues have arisen, and to bring Headley Fields back into the process.

LCC Statement of 22nd Sept 2015 on Headley Hall development

Unfortunately it does mean that for now the climate of uncertainty is once again reinstated, with the possibility that the villages will after all be targeted for volume housing development. We will keep you informed.

In the meantime it is very important that LCC’s current public consultation on the Site Allocations Plan receives a conclusive response from residents. Both our LCC Ward Councillors and your Steering Committee are reviewing how best to inform everyone about the issues, the key points, and about how to take part. Unfortunately there is insufficient time or space within this report to include it all here.

Please therefore keep an eye on our web site (www.bardseyvillage.org), and watch for a possible mail shot. The next two meetings of the Steering Committee will take place on Wednesday 21st October and Wednesday 18th November, at the Village Hall.


The garden will be open from 11am to 4.30pm Sunday 5th July for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS – The Yellow Book which supports McMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care amongst other charities). Admission £4.

We should be grateful for any help with home cakes as the teas are tremendously popular.


These take place annually in order to explore the boundaries of the parish and ensure that they are well used.

The first walk on the Village east side commences 2pm Saturday 20th June and will be led by Councillor Linda Flockton and the second covers the west side and commences 2pm Saturday 4th July and will be led by Councillor Charlie Bryant.

Meeting point for both walks will be at the bottom of Mill Lane. The walks should take approximately 2 hours. Boots or strong shoes are recommended. Dogs and children are welcome. However the walks are not suitable for pushchairs. For more information contact Charlie Bryant on 07712183556.


Your invited to join our Board Games Day on Saturday 6th June 2015 12pm to 3pm at Bardsey Village Hall. Board game boss Rani. ranjit.johnson@peoplehr.com All ages welcome. Entry £5 per family.

How long is it been since you last played Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders or Risk? It’s time to brush the dust of those old cardboard boxes and join the rest of the community for a fun filled day of playing board games. All proceeds go to NSPCC


Thursday 16th April 2015. Bardsey Village Hall AGM. All Bardsey residents are invited to the Village Hall Management AGM in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 8pm. Details of the Neighbourhood Plan will be available.

Do come along and enjoy a glass of wine with us.


A walker, recently walking her German Shepard dog around Bardsey on Sunday 14th December, lost her engagement ring. Unfortunately she is unable to identify the precise location of the loss.

If anyone should find this ring please contact the Village web site address.