CLOSURE OF ADEL SURGERY AND ADEL PHARMACY – 31 MARCH 2021

       Cllr. BILLY FLYNN – WARD COUNCILLOR NOTES

      CLOSURE OF ADEL SURGERY AND ADEL PHARMACY – 31 MARCH 2021

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Just two items this month, the closure of the surgery and probable closure of Adel Pharmacy.  This constitutes a real loss for Adel residents.

I attended a meeting of the CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee on 5 August at which the closure of Adel Surgery on 31 March 2021 was confirmed.  I have learnt since that this will probably mean the closure of the pharmacy which will come as a shock to all of us because this had not been mentioned as a possibility prior to the meeting, quite the reverse in fact.  However, I understand that the current owner wrote to the CCG last February and again in early July emphasising that the Adel site was available for the provision of primary care services for the foreseeable future but if the surgery was closed the terms of the lease would mean the pharmacy would have to close too.  Despite the correspondence above, the potential loss of the pharmacy was not made known to members of the PCCC prior to the meeting.  I pursued the matter following the meeting and the CCG advised me on 10 August that they will take up future pharmacy provision in Adel urgently with NHS England and Community Pharmacy, West Yorkshire.  I have made known my views on the importance of maintaining a pharmacy presence in Adel.

The closure decision did not go through on the nod and was hotly debated for the majority of the meeting with the future of the pharmacy and transport to Alwoodley also discussed at length. Many patients had emphasised the difficulty of getting to Alwoodley Medical Practice by public transport and the CCG are exploring the possibility of an access bus to the surgery with the council and bus companies.  I suspect many of us anticipated the closure decision but it is, nevertheless, still very sad news after so many years.  I fought as hard as I could but was unsuccessful and I am sorry I could not have done more. I sent a letter to the committee as a last throw of the dice and the contents were discussed at considerable length during the meeting. A copy of the letter can be found elsewhere on the Ade Crag website. The surgery closure and potential closure of the pharmacy will be a disaster for Adel and, as I am also a patient at Long Causeway, I feel it as much as most patients. It is the end of an era for Adel residents.

Dr Martin Sutcliffe from the practice also attended the meeting and was clear that collaboration between all the various parties, and particularly patients, would be at the forefront of practice priorities over the next 8 months, right up to the closure. This will ensure that every patient knows well in advance what the future holds for them, whether they intend to stay with Alwoodley which is what Dr Sutcliffe would like or prefer to move to another practice.  The point was made several times during the meeting about the exceptional quality of clinical, nursing and ancillary services provided at both surgeries.

The meeting highlighted yet again the lack of communication between planning officers on Leeds Council and local GP surgeries regarding the impact of new housing developments.  This is something I consistently raise at planning meetings without conspicuous success.  There should be close collaboration between developers, planning officers, Public Health professionals and other interested parties as well as ward councillors, it is to everyone’s mutual advantage.  I have taken this up with the new Director of Public Health for Leeds and hope I will be pushing at an open door.

It is very disappointing news, but I will keep you regularly updated on progress.  If you would like to know more about the CCG meeting and the closures please do get in touch, my contact details are below.

Billy

Cllr. Billy Flynn
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
Email: billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk    Phone: 0113 2613896 or 07810 640282

‘Eastmoor Development Proposals – Advent Homes

Eastmoor,  Eastmoor Lane / Tile Lane, Adel, Leeds LS16 6ED

Planning Consultation – FAQ’s

3rd August 2020

What is the East Moor site?

It is a large former school site which became redundant in 2003.  It is located on East Moor Lane and Tile Lane and is surrounded by trees.  It includes three Listed buildings, the largest of which is a quadrangle of former class rooms and workshops.

Who are Advent Developments?

Advent are a local, niche residential development company who specialise in unique high-quality schemes.  In particular they have very extensive experience of listed building conversion projects and are multi award winning for the design and quality of their schemes.

How many homes are proposed?

The scheme comprises conversion of the listed buildings to 28 homes, 44 new houses  (including Affordable homes) and a nursing home.  As the site is circa 12 acres this is a low-density development partly due to the extensive landscape and tree retention.

Will the trees be retained?

The site is almost entirely surrounded by trees, the proposals retain the quality trees and include significant planting and landscape improvements as well as a dedicated woodland walk.

What about the ecology?

Advent has undertaken a detailed and comprehensive ecological survey over the course of the season and the proposals include improved habitats to support the local ecology.

Will the homes be sustainable?

All homes including the Listed converted houses will be designed and built to a high sustainable standard.

What benefit will the scheme bring to the Adel Community?

As well as regenerating this long derelict brownfield site the scheme includes  converting the Listed buildings, high quality family homes, a much-needed nursing home, Affordable housing, enhanced footpath and highways, public open space, improved habitats and a woodland walk.  In addition, a significant Community Infrastructure payment will be made to Leeds City Council.

What type of homes will be built?

The scheme will include a range of converted and new build family homes ranging from 2 – 5 bedrooms, complete with gardens and parking.   All homes will be of a high quality design and specification.

Does the design respect the Adel Neighbourhood Design statement?

Yes, the scheme fully respects this policy and seeks to create a high quality sustainable, design led regeneration of the site and buildings.

When will the planning application be submitted?

Advent has been working for some months to prepare their draft scheme.  This public consultation is designed to share these proposals with the community and seek feedback on the development.   Advent will review their scheme proposals following this consultation before submitting the scheme planning application towards the end of the year.

How long will the planning process take?

Following submission of the comprehensive planning package there will be a period of alignment with Leeds City Council Planning Department and the various consultees to the application.  As this is a complicated site we do not expect planning consent to be granted until later in 2021.

When will the development commence?

Advent seeks to commence work as soon as possible following grant of planning consent.

How long will the work take?

The work will be phased across the site and we anticipate building works continuing for circa 24 – 30 months.

Will all the Listed buildings be retained?

Yes, the Quadrangle, Chapel and swimming pool buildings will be retained and sensitively converted.

Will the construction affect me?

We will undertake the building work in a considerate manner to minimise any disruption to the neighbours.  The site has two access roads, East Moor Lane and Tile Lane.  Eastmoor Lane will be the primary access and we will seek to use Tile Lane, at times respecting Adel Primary school and the residents.

Will I still be able to walk through the site?

The scheme provides for enhanced footpath links through the site including a woodland walk.  There will, however, be periods during construction where access is limited or temporarily closed due to the building works.

What about Tile Lane?

We recognise that Tile Lane is a narrow road  and on completion of the building work whilst pedestrian and cycle access will continue into the Quadrangle site there will be no through road.  Existing homes serviced from Tile Lane including Spring Hill will remain accessible.

What will it look like when complete?

Advent have commissioned a range of visuals which seek to convey how the scheme will look on completion which are posted on the website.  These are subject to receiving planning consent for the scheme as designed.

Where can I find out more information?

Please refer to www.adventdevelopments.co.uk

How do I ask a question about the development?

We are happy to engage directly with any questions please email:

consultations@idplanning.co.uk

or write to Consultations, ID Planning, 9 York Place Leeds LS1 2DS

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Adel Surgery Engagement Update – May 2020

We have received today the following information below from the Alwoodley Medical Centre Via our Local Ward Councillors for your attention.

“We would like to take an opportunity to update you on our engagement activity regarding our proposal to close the surgery at Adel.

I attach for your reference the report produced externally based on the responses received to the engagement activity so far.”  

Adel initial engagement report

https://www.alwoodleymedicalcentre.co.uk/

Einformation: COVID-19 Update – 16 March

Leeds City CouncilSee latest update Cllr Barry Anderson received from the Council this evening.

“As a result of this Cllr. Caroline Anderson and I will not be doing our usual street surgeries throughout the Ward during this time so as to minimise risk to any residents through having face to face contact as per guidelines.

However, we would be happy to hear from anyone via email of any concerns or problems they may have in terms of the current emergency or any other issues. If residents email us we will be able to take appropriate action.

We will still be able to visit external sites, for example to look at excessive tree growth, potholes, any other highways issues etc.

In order to provide support to those residents who don’t have access to electronic means we would ask that you let any of your friends or neighbours who fall into this category to make contact through you so that you can pass the details to us.

I attach a paper Covid19 that is going to be discussed at the Council’s Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday about this serious issue if you want more detail.”