Bardsey Bank Top 140 home application by Bramham refused

UPDATE 26 April 2018 1505h

Bramham Plan refused  unanimously by Plans Panel to rousing applause


A large proposed development for the Bardsey Bank Top area which some claim would blight the view from East Keswick has been unamiously rejected by Leeds City Council’s North and East Plans Panel on April 26th. 

The 34 acre site is on green belt land owned by the Bramham Park estate which submitted an outline planning application early last year for up to 140 homes. The proposal by objected to by many, including East Keswick Parish Council, Bardsey Parish Council and Bardsey Action Group

Bramham Park is the family home of Nick and Rachel Lane-Fox and is best known as the venue for Leedsfest and world renowned horse trials. Despite the income these generate, the owners say they need the  £10.7m they hoped this development to generate to support conservation of the buildings, structures and monuments that lie within the estate’s grade 1-registered park and garden. The estate believed that the heritage benefits, including the restoration and refurbishment works to a number of grade I, grade II* and grade II-listed buildings, satisfy the very special circumstances required for the development on the green belt to be allowed. 

‘Not so’ said the planning officers. A report recommended planning permission be refused as the “very special circumstances put forward by the applicant to justify residential development on the application site have not been demonstrated”.

The report goes on: “The proposed development is, by definition, inappropriate development within the Green Belt, and the development of up to 140 dwellings would have a detrimental and irreversible impact on its openness and character.

“Officers acknowledge the significance of the heritage assets at the Bramham Park Estate and their current condition which concludes that significant investment is required in order to address the heritage deficit.

“Officers have also carefully considered the very special circumstances put forward by the applicant and after detailed consideration, on balance, consider that a case for development has not been proven.”

The designs, drawn up by architects’ practice Wildblood Macdonald, feature a mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses. A 35 per cent affordable housing provision and access would be created from the A58. A 17-acre public park would also be developed towards the rear of the site, with improved pedestrian and cycle connections, including a new footbridge over the beck.

Leeds City Council received 509 objections to the plans including the objections of both East Keswick and Bardsey Parish Councils and the Bardsey Action Group.