Linton’s neighbourhood plan first to be finalised in the district

Linton Village Hall. Picture: Gary Longbottom.
Linton Village Hall. Picture: Gary Longbottom.

The neighbourhood plan for Linton is the first to be finalised in the district and will go before Leeds City Council (LCC) in six weeks time.

Before this submission members of the public have the opportunity to look at and comment on the plan during what is called the presubmission consultation.

Residents have been presented with a summary of the draft of the proposed plan and they have six weeks, from next week, to make any comment.

Work started on the plan in May 2012, and though Linton neighbourhood plan steering group chairperson Jill Bolton said it was at times frustrating, the plan provides crucial protection for the village.

She said: “We have got an opportunity under the Localism Act to produce a plan which helps us look at the village and identify the areas we want to protect.

“The problem with Linton is that we have a lot of highways issues with very narrow streets and junctions issues, so the village cannot take high density housing.

“Back in 2012 there were seven sites going before Leeds for Linton and if these sites were all successful, though that may not be likely, it would have meant 350 being built in Linton over the next 20 years.

“There was a considerable concern in Linton as in other communities that houses were going to be built in areas the perhaps the community felt were not suitable and that another site might be more suitable, so this process has allowed us to address that.

“It is about trying to protect the village from development in areas that we feel would be damaging to the village long term.”

At the end of July, after the consultation period, the steering group will write up a full draft of the plan and send it through to LCC for scrutiny.

Ms Bolton said: “Everybody has the opportunity to comment on the plan, and not just residents but the police, LCC, and Wetherby town council.

“They can say whether they think something isn’t right and we then pull all that together at the end of the six weeks and decide whether we think the amendments are correct or not.

“We will then draft the plan and that will go to Leeds, who will appoint an independent inspector and then it will go to a referendum in the village before hopefully becoming part of Leeds local plan.

“LCC will then have to take note of that document when looking at housing plans for the village and that will give us protection, but that point may be quite far away.”

Two open events will be held on Saturday June 14 from 10am to 4pm and Thursday June 26 from 6pm to 9pm.