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

Houses in Adel Leeds


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.

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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.

Related Issues: Police – Adel Pharmacy & The Flu Jab – Proposed Children’s Play Area on Bedquilts

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

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During a street surgery at the end of September a resident in Bramhope advised me that her 93 year-old neighbour had been approached by men claiming her drain was blocked and offering to fix it for £4000. They also offered to take her to the bank to collect for the first £2000. Three further attempts were made at other addresses in Bramhope, Adel and Leeds 6 with one victim actually taken to the bank but fortunately bank staff alerted the police and they got nothing. On at least one of the attempts a van (possibly blue and white) was used with the legend “Drain Doctors” on its side.  Please note that a company called “Drain Doctor” is quite legitimate and there is no reason to suspect that this firm is linked to the attempted frauds. PC Karina Ingham, our local ward manager, is investigating the incidents. It seems likely that the fraudsters may have moved on but this is the latest in a series of attempted fraud on or theft from local residents so please be on your guard. If you are concerned about cold callers please phone the police immediately. They welcome any approach from residents and are more than happy to give advice.

adel-chemistAdel Pharmacy & The Flu Jab

You will recall my recent notes encouraging residents to use the pharmacy in Long Causeway on a “use it or lose it” basis. Nira, our pharmacist, has asked me to pass on her thanks to the many customers who have called in since the article to assure her that they will support the pharmacy. As you will know the flu jab is currently available at the doctors’ surgery and you may be interested to learn that Nira now also offers the jab onsite at the pharmacy without appointment. I know because she gave me the jab herself when I called in for a prescription and very gentle she was too!

climbing-frameProposed Children’s Play Area on Bedquilts

The first stage consultation process for the proposed play area is due to start in the near future. Initially, letters will be sent to residents whose homes border the greenspace and those living nearest to the proposed site asking or their views on the creation of a play area on Bedquilts. After this review the following groups will among those consulted: a random selection of residents living within a 400 metre radius of the proposed site; local schools; local residents’ associations; local sports clubs; the owners of land on Bedquilts and there will be a publicity campaign via Facebook and Twitter. I have had several comments already but it is important that you take the opportunity to respond during the formal consultation period. Please do get in touch if you wish to comment on the proposal.

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: We welcome any ideas put forward, and would fully support this project on the proviso that local residents are happy for this to proceed.

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

On 5th November in Yorkshire 1948: Bonfire Night Raiders Take Jewel Safe (in Adel)

Thieves grab 15,000 club smokes

In two bonfire night raids in Leeds, thieves stole a two-cwt. safe containing jewellery and clothing from a house at Adel, and 15,000 Christmas cigarettes from a club in North Street. RAID No. 1 was at the home of Mr. Ernest Duffield, Yorkshire Copper Works managing director ADVERTISEMENT , Long Causeway. Adel. Read more at: http://bit.ly/2ed84NK

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

Bird beak fencing recently been erected at the entrance to Adel Woods

bird-beak-fencingBird beak fencing has recently been erected at the entrance to Adel Woods just off Tile Lane.

The fencing has been put in after a recent consultation with local residents. This was done to prevent cars being parked on the grass, and also to assist with traffic congestion, which was making it hazardous for parents and children to walk across the road safely. We would recommend that car owners drive further into the estate to alleviate the congestion at the bad junction of Tile Lane and Sir George Martin Drive, to allow the Fire Rescue & Ambulance Services to gain clear access into the estate.

Adel Crag Association wishes to thank the Outer North West Housing Advisory Panel and the local Housing Office Environmental for the funding.

Have your say on the future of transport in Leeds

transport-conversation-in-leedsLeeds Transport Conversation

Your last chance to take part of the city wide conversation and online survey until 11 November 2016

A new city-wide conversation about the future of transport in Leeds is starting – and we want to hear from you.


Transport Conversation
We hosted a transport summit on 10 June 2016, marking the start of a comprehensive discussion that will hear the views of key organisations, businesses and local communities. Read more at: http://bit.ly/2chgsHc

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

Leeds bus station weekend closures planned

leeds-bus-stationLeeds Bus station is due to be closed for two weekends this month to allow resurfacing work to take place.

Temporary stops will be set up on September 17, 18, 24 and 25 while work to the bus bays and carriageways is completed.

Diane Groom, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s assistant director of customer services, said: “Over the past 16 weeks, we have been able to carry out most of this much-needed resurfacing work with minimum disruption by moving services to alternative stands. However, to complete this scheme to provide passengers with smoother, more comfortable journeys, we need to carry out these closures.   Read more at: http://bit.ly/2c3lV8k

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