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.

 

 

 

 

 

Einformation – FORMER ADEL HAND CAR WASH, 503 OTLEY ROAD

Please see below information regarding the above received from Cllr Barry Anderson, which may be of interest to you.

A number of residents have been asking me where the Adel Hand Car Wash has gone and one or two other questions about what is actually replacing it. The answer to the latter is that it will be a BP service station with a Marks & Spencer food outlet and it is my understanding this will be completed by early December.

In respect of the first question it hasn’t gone far, they have now re-named and re-located to:

Park Hand Car Wash, Texaco Petrol station West Park Ring Road, Horsforth, LS16 6EB. (opposite McDonalds)

I know some of you were worried that some of the workers may have lost their jobs but I am advised that no jobs were lost in the move. The same team from Adel will be cleaning vehicles at the new location. I am also advised that until the 30th September 2017 all vehicle cleaning services have been discounted.

 

Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
http://www.barryanderson.yourcllr.com
Twitter @barryanderson19

“Affordable Housing is it a solution to the Housing Crisis in Adel?”

Houses in Adel Leeds

ADEL WOODS ESTATE

Not sure whether you are aware, but we already have Council housing in Adel.

40 years ago many young families from various parts of Leeds were chosen to live in nearly 200 properties in the Adel area. The accommodation included sheltered housing on the Waylands, with further flats and houses in the Adel Woods. During that period it was great to see so many young children playing out in the streets, and enjoying a clean and pleasant environment known as the Adel village.

The council housing did not look out of character alongside the private houses, and were well built, not like some of the new build today.

Many tenants were proud to say that they live in Adel with plenty of playing fields and beautiful surrounding woodland. During the 40 years we went through further phases of new build including the Mulberry’s, St Helens private estate, Waylands private estate, Oaklands estate, Adel Vale, Adel Mead, 2 schools, and Centurion Fields, and many more. With each new development it seems that some local residents complain about further infringement when they have benefited from previous new builds.

Today there are just less than 100 council properties as nearly 80% of the properties on the Adel Wood estate are privately owned due to the Right to Buy Scheme. We also have privately rented tenants living on the Council Housing Estate paying in the region of £600- £700 per month as many of them are unable to get on the property ladder. For many of these residents the only solution would be to move away from the area where they have settled down, and where their children go to the local schools. It is also recognised that many residents in Adel would like to downsize, and there is a critical lack of one bedroom accommodation.

We need more affordable housing or smaller one bedroom accommodation so everyone has an opportunity to live in Adel. Some of this could be provided by property developers, whilst serious consideration should be given to allowing the Council or a Housing Association to work in partnership with a developer to build affordable social rented accommodation.

As a resident association in Adel we take the view whether you live in a council house, privately rented, (housing association) or privately owned, all tenure types can co-exist within one community, and at end of the day we are all here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Adel.

 

More related issues on affordable rented accommodation below

Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.

Land Opposite St John the Baptist Church – Church Lane

Adel Crag Community Association wish to bring to your attention important information received early this week from Cllr Billy Flynn, which may be of interest to you.

Adel LandscapeFirst the bad news (for most of you). Residents may have seen site notices going up towards the end of last month announcing that an outline application had been made to Leeds City Council for a major development of up to 100 dwellings with land reserved for a primary school on the site opposite the church. There are still many issues to be resolved as the proposed development does not accord with the Adopted Development Plan and it affects a right of way but at least the pressure brought by residents and English Heritage/Historic England following previous proposals has had some effect. All the proposed buildings are now on the west side of the beck leaving the fields directly in front of the church undeveloped. The proposed school playing field is the only part of the plan that intrudes on to the church side of the beck although a judgement will need to be made on the impact of the proposed development on the conservation area. I have spoken to the agent handling the development and he confirmed the change in plan was as a direct result of local objections. There are two proposed access points, from the A660 via a new junction opposite Kingsley Dr and minor access through the Centurion Fields estate off Church Lane. The internal design of roads on the proposed estate would avoid roads being connected internally to prevent rat running from the A660 to Church Lane. The proposed development will consist of up to 35 affordable dwellings and up to 65 dwellings for market sale. We are still at the consultation stage and any comments you have should be directed to The Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds LS2 8HD. The deadline is technically 18 November but Planning will consider contributions after that date so please be quick if you wish to comment. Please note that any comments either sent on line or in writing can be seen by anyone, no anonymous contributions will be accepted. Much more information about the application, including drawings, can be found on the council planning portal website as follows; www.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess quoting reference 16/06222. Once officers have considered the relevant comments from consultees they expect to meet with ward councillors towards the end of November to provide us with their views on the application. Residents will be kept fully informed of developments.

WY PolicePolice

Now for some better news. There were fewer crimes this month following the arrest of a burglar who is being held on remand. Most crimes in the ward took place in Bramhope involving thefts from sheds and garages. PC Karina Ingham, our ward manager, tells me that there has been an increase in scrap metal collectors coming into the area and a separate operation is being planned to deal with this issue. Be on your guard!

Speedwatch volunteers have been busy in the ward during October checking vehicle speeds on Long Causeway at the junction with Dunstarn Lane and near to the Lawnswood Arms. Results from the former location revealed vehicles speeding at the rate of one per minute while the volunteers were present. We are awaiting the results from the latter site. Karina is concerned about the excess speeds recorded and has requested that a police officer be deployed at the location with a speed gun to allow enforcement action. The police have also put up several speed awareness notices on street light columns in the ward to address the speeding issue.

If you have any queries regarding the above or anything else in the ward for that matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your ward councillors.

Contact details billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk : Tel: 2613896 Mobile: 07810 640282

Adel Crag added: There is to be a joint meeting Adel Neighbourhood Forum and Adel Association on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm chaired by Cllr Barry Anderson at the Old Stables back of Adel Parish Church.

The purpose is to seek residents’ views on the proposed development on the land opposite Adel Parish Church.

The agenda is available to view on the Adel Neighbourhood Forum Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdelNeighbourhoodForum/

Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.