WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The saga of the planned development at Rodley on the former Barker’s site (referred to in papers as Airedale Mills Rodley) next to the Reserve entrance continues.
- The original outline planning permission required the developers to maintain an ecology buffer along the banks of the river as a wildlife corridor along the River Aire.
- For an ecology buffer to achieve its purpose, it needs to be near continuous and undisturbed by public access to give adequate shelter to wildlife.
- It is now apparent that many of the trees in the buffer zone are scheduled to be removed or trimmed, including the 2 magnificent Weeping Willows, and a path created near the river.
- If carried out, this would undermine the whole purpose of the zone which among other things is known to be used by otters.
- Not only do the trees currently form part of an ecology buffer, but they also provide a screen for the Reserve which will shield its wildlife from disturbance caused by the sight of day to day human activity in the development and help dampen noise from it.
- The Trust has already made several comments criticising the developer’s application, some appearing under individual names and others as the RNR Trust, and will be commenting again on these latest plans.
- Additional comments and reactions to the proposals from our followers would be useful in ensuring damage to wildlife is minimised.
- Comments don’t need to be lengthy, but should concentrate on the importance of the Ecology Buffer area for wildlife using the River Aire corridor – the impact on local wildlife and Rodley Nature Reserve which will result if the plans, as they stand, are carried out.
Any other comments you wish to make may be useful. Details of the cat-proof fence they are supposed to install have not been produced by the developers, as far as we can see. (Follow the links below to read what others have said).
How to Make Comments and Objections
Objections to Proposals: Details of exactly what the developer is planning are shown in 5 papers posted on the planning site on 29th June, notably the Arboricultural Impact Assessment – these papers are complex and confusing and sometimes contradictory but the general intentions are clear ( see screen shot below).
To make objections you can consult:
- Search for Airedale Mills Rodley
- You can register to make a comment
- Easiest to write the comment in advance and copy and paste onto the comment page
The applications to comment on are:
Reserved Matters Application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping for the erection of 66 dwellings pursuant to outline approval 18/01501/OT – Former Airedale Mills Moss Bridge Works Town Street Rodley Leeds LS13 1H
Ref. No: 21/09388/COND | Status: PCO | Case Type: Planning Application
You can also send any comments or objections by post to:
Planning Services Leeds City Council, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BB
Please note: You will need to include your full name, address and the reference number of the application you want to comment on.
With thanks as ever, for your ongoing support.
Rodley Nature Reserve Trust 12 July 2022