Many residents may have received information from Cllr Barry Anderson, that he has been advised by representatives of the Plymouth Brethren who have purchased this land about plans they have to build a place of worship on this land.
As a result of this we have been asked by the Adel Neighbourhood Forum to try and ascertain the views of local residents to this proposal.
Set out below is a statement from a representative of the Plymouth Brethren in respect of their intentions plus a site map to give you an idea of how the land would be used.
“This note has been prepared to inform and consult residents in the immediate vicinity of vacant land at the junction of Adel Lane and Long Causeway, about a proposed planning application for a Place of Worship.
The desired proposals based on competent feasibility studies are shown on the attached plan.
Ownership of the site has been secured specifically for the proposal.
The scheme would meet the long held aspirations of members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, resident in Adel, to establish an appointed place of worship, within this neighbourhood to serve their local congregational needs.
Typically these are set up to accommodate a congregation of 35 to 45 persons, made up of about 12 households. A flexible design approach is applied to floor space and modelling of building to suit site and environs. Current design standards include on- site car parking to satisfy needs of the user group.
These neighbourhood halls are dedicated strictly for the resident congregation group. They are not the venue for random attendance or special event community gatherings. These requirements are accommodated at purpose built township facilities; in the case of Leeds, at Brownberrie Lane Horsforth.
Consultations with Adel Residents Association and the Adel Neighbourhood Forum have drawn general support for the principle of the development, and specifically for upgrading the visual amenity of this prominent gateway to Adel site, and securing beneficial use of semi-derelict land, dominated by invasive weed, and overgrown “tree hedge”, and not considered appropriate for residential development.
Use would be strictly as a Place of Worship for the local congregation. Typical times of use (all clear of peak traffic times) are as follows: Sunday early morning, The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion), mid- afternoon Gospel Service; Monday evening, Prayer Service; Friday Evening Bible Reading. Duration of services approx. 45 minutes. This is widely accepted as a benign land use.
The proposals include a modest upgrade of the existing highway access/pavement crossing to allow easy entry and exit manoeuvres, and car parking modelled for 14 car spaces and to accommodate forward exit for all vehicles. Access travel by family/ household group is considered the norm. A travel plan could be agreed to ensure self- sufficient on –site parking.
In this congregational community context tandem parking can be accommodated as a contingency without conflict of interest. The site is considered sustainable without any need for street parking. At this location several congregation households live within walking distance.
Given the patterns of attendance with arrivals and departures only prior to, and after services, it is not considered necessary to provide an entrance wide enough to allow opposing vehicle flows. The site would be secured to appropriate standards (Secured by Design) with gated driveway and pedestrian entry, and existing boundary walling feature either raised in height and or topped with low level railings to match gates.
External lighting would be provided by low level bollard luminaires. No flood lighting.
The proposals would include a planting scheme to regenerate the site with indigenous trees, hedgerow, shrubs and woodland ground cover to create a revived biodiversity. The proposed removal of Leylandi “tree hedge” would open up distant landscape and skyscape views from several nearby houses and expose valuable indigenous trees to view from the public domain/ road network.”
I would be pleased to receive any comments you have in relation to this proposal. No planning application has come forward for this yet.
I trust this keeps you up to date with this issue.
Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
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