A festival for Addingham ?

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Building 200 houses in Adddingham won’t help to meet Bradford’s housing needs,  neither will it deliver genuinely affordable housing for the young people of Adddingham.


Think VERY CAREFULLY before you let this plan go through.


The Addingham Civic Society planning group Followers of the Society’s newsletters will know that the planning group works continuously scrutinising planning issues which may affect the village. Since the submission of a major analysis and series of comments on the LDF Consultation Draft in January 2011, the group has worked continuously and engaged with other organisations in Wharfedale and elsewhere in preparation for this important phase of the work.

Over the past 24 months — the group has
  • Challenged for access to the results of LDF Consultation Draft, including the comments from developers and landowners.
  • Made inputs to the consultation prior to the commencement of the controversial “Growth Study” by Consultants GVA.
  • Observed the apparent conflict of interest for GVA arising from their professional duties in the Growth Study and their duties to the Landowners and developers they represent in Wharfedale and elsewhere.
  • Been at the centre of preparations for the Society to host the Planning Minister Nick Boles ensuring representation from Wharfedale and elsewhere.
  • Held a series of meetings with the constituency MP Kris Hopkins.
  • Attended stakeholder meeting run by Bradford Council.
  • Engaged with District Councilors on a regular basis to monitor delays.
  • Had a series of exchanges with Natural England regarding the omissions in the LDF Draft and the supporting data which arose from Bradford’s failure to carry out a Habitat’s assessment at an early stage.
  • Made formal presentations at conferences and other gatherings.
  • Challenged Bradford’s methodology for reflecting the outcome of the Habitats assessment into the housing allocation for all Bradford.
  • Cooperated with
    • WARD (Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development)
    • The group based in Ilkley led by Councillors Hawkesworth and Naylor
    • Kirlees KCAN
    • The Yorkshire Greespace Alliance.
    • BANDAG
The primary purposes of current work remain
1) To effect the appropriate analysis of the Plan and supporting material
2) To assemble the most effective set of comments on the new Plan Draft
3) To make appropriate representations to BMDC
Secondary purposes include
1) Informing the Society and others
2) Freely publishing articlesThe planning group which has produced the analysis and initial commentary is a freely associating body of people from inside and outside the Civic Society. The association has been and remains open to anyone who wishes to engage in the work of the group. They frequently exchange and share understanding and work with National Bodies and neighbouring interest groups . The group is led by Keith Appleyard – a Trustee of the Society.The Group values professionalism and operates a peer review process to endorse its’ publications and statements.

If you feel that you can contribute to the next important stages of the work then e-mail info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk



The Bradford District Local Plan which will set out how many houses will be built in communities up to 2028 has entered a critical phase .   Members of the public may comment on what is planned during the six weeks following the publication of the revised Core Strategy  which occurred on Monday this week.This document sets the policy against which new housing sites will be designated.  Making sure that it is a successful plan that meets the needs of communities across the Bradford District is very important.  Addingham  Civic Society  encourage s all residents to examine  the plan and will try to help people to make their views known in a way which ensures  that Addingham’s needs are fully taken into account.
Addingham may sometimes seem a long way from Bradford but residents cannot ignore the decisions made for the whole district that impact on the  village. What is important to many local people is the distinctiveness of the place, it’s historic Wharfedale setting and beautiful countryside that includes woodlands, rare heather moors and traditional farms. For many years this rural setting has been protected by green belt legislation, but the council is now saying that it needs to build houses on the rural edges of the village in order to meet the growing population needs of the district
 If you  wish to retain Addingham’s heritage and avoid ribbon development, you MUST say so now.
The Society is not saying that Addingham does not need any new homes. At present, a number of new homes per year are approved by the planning process on ‘windfall sites’, for example, homes built in large gardens or as the result of conversion or demolition. The easily redeveloped sites of this type have now been largely used up. Unfortunately these windfall sites do not count towards the Local Plan requirement. There are sites within the village boundaries already designated for housing, there is also Brownfield Land suited to redevelopment.

Facts and figures
Last year, Bradford Council reduced the proposed number of homes to be built in Addingham  between now and 2028 from 400 to 200. This is because the council has, belatedly and retrospectively, taken account of the Habitats Regulations which restrict building in areas that are close to a Special Protection Area for birds, such as Rombalds  Moor and Beamsley Beacon. While the overall reduction was welcomed by local pressure groups, there is concern that it is a broad brush reduction which has not been calculated with precision. Many people are challenging the Council’s reaction, asserting that  it puts more pressure on other Wharfedale green belt areas.
The Society argues that 200 new homes is still too many. The natural population growth affecting Bradford is primarily in the City itself and the need is for low cost housing to cater for that population. Housing that is close to centres of employment to minimise the environmental impact of commuting. Building houses here will not help to meet the needs that the Council has identified and it will deliver housing that is in what is probably the most environmentally sensitive place in the District.

In addition very little extra infrastructure is currently included in the plan. There are no specific plans for sites to build new primary or secondary schools or expand existing ones, although these are already full. There is no plan to increase capacity on the railway line to Leeds, where many peak hour trains are already full.  You will find driving to Leeds via the A65 or via Bramhope during peak hours will become even slower as almost every community en route is planned to be expanded, both in Leeds and Bradford Districts.
In 2012 the Society challenged the LDF Consultation Draft analysis of the impact on Addingham arising from the aggregate number of houses proposed in Airedale and Wharfedale. The analysis failed completely, to recognise the patterns and densities of traffic movement through Addingham into and out of North Yorkshire. The Society has illustrated the existing problems of road safety and traffic blight on Main Street, Bolton Road, North Street, Church Street and Bark Lane.
This plan can only exacerbate these problems for the village  

What you can do
During the Comments period up to Mid March, you should let Bradford Council know how you would like to see the plan amended to improve it.

  • Point out the contradictions.
  • Highlight where the policies conflict.
  • Show where the numbers do not add-up
  • Indicate what has been missed-out

It is imperative that together we produce the most effective sets of “Comments” in relation to “the Plan’s ‘soundness’, including whether it has been prepared in accordance with legal requirements and fulfils the “ Duty to Co-operate” whereby Councils that are close to each other are required to work together to meet needs and address things like environmental impact and infrastructure.
If you wish the Planning Inspector at the public inquiry to know how strongly you think and feel, you must submit your comments in time. Any comments that you made when the draft Plan was published  two years ago will not be passed to the Inspector.
There are forms on the Bradford Website www.bradford.gov.uk/ldf
You may put also make points in writing. Paper copies of the form are available at the Ilkley Town Hall and library.
If you find making your comments difficult for any reason, members of the Civic Society are available to provide you with help and advice. Please contact the Society by leaving a message in the library or emailing info@addingham civic society.co.uk
There is a Councillors’ drop-in session at Ilkley Town Hall between 10 and 11 am on Saturday 1st March 2014 to assist residents. Ilkley Civic Society representatives will be there to help.
If you feel that you can contribute to the detailed work of examining and challenging the Plan …. email info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk
What you should not do!

  • Do not start petitions
  • Do not express “opinions”
  • Do not try to argue about specific sites
  • Do not fail to read or comply with the Bradford Additional Guidance —-

There are materials to assist you in making your representation available to view and download online from www.bradford.gov.uk/ldf.
There is  a  Guidance Note to accompany the Representation Form
“Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.”

Membership of the Addingham Civic Society is open to anyone who cares about the future of Addingham

Tennis is back

After a short winter break— tennis is back from  the end of February. At the Muga and in the Youth Centre.

Introducing a new opportunity for younger players to try Short Tennis




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Want to brush-up on etiquette ?


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Or just have a friendly game?






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Political opponents agree that Bradford’s Plan to build in Wharfedale is wrong

Many groups in Wharfedale were encouraged this week when local MP Kris Hopkins came out firmly against Bradford’s plan for housing in Wharfedale. John Grogan – his  opponent  in the 2015 election made his views clear before Christmas.

The reply from Val Slater — Executive member for Housing, Planning and Transport on Bradford Councilindicates that she has made a  U-Turn  since she described herself as “Devil’s Advocate to “fight the Middle Classes to build on the Green-Belt” “

Read more…………………


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Wharfedale celebrates as Local MP vows to “push back” to protect green fields 

In an interview yesterday with the T&A local MP Kris Hopkins came out firmly against Bradford’s plan for housing in Wharfedale.  Mr Hopkins took-off his “Housing Minister hat” and spoke out as the MP for the constituency. He had established his position at the Society’s Question Time event this time last year.



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 Mr Hopkins insisted that was unnecessary to “concrete over” the district’s “green and beautiful spaces”. Society Members recall the encounter with Planning Minister Nick Boles last year when  the Planning Minister admitted to the reputation as  “Concrete Nick”

He vowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in the Wharfe Valley against what he described as “outrageous” housebuilding targets. The MP said: “The challenge is in the centre. The housing population boom is not in Keighley and Ilkley – it’s in the centre of Bradford. “Taking my ministerial hat off and putting my MP’s hat on, some of the figures they’ve talked about across Keighley and Shipley are outrageous”.

The Society with, other groups in Wharfedale, welcome the separate interventions of both the MP and John  Grogan – his opponent for the Keighley and Ilkley seat in the 2015 election. Just before Christmas Mr Grogan made his position clear, with his 5 Point Plan Housing Policy. Within the 5 points he argues for “Brown Field First” changes to  Planning Policy,  (the NPPF),  a New Town in Yorkshire and new finance initiatives for Cities like Bradford with massive areas of Brownfield land which developers will not use. You can read the T&A coverage of Mr Grogan’s Plan at the end of this article.

The points raised and positions declared by both men repeat and support the arguments which have been presented to Bradford Planners by the Society and many other groups. It is comforting to read that national politicians are supporting and reinforcing the challenge to Bradford’s unsound Local Plan. Next week  the Society’s Heritage and Planning  Group will be publishing it’s Action Plan for the months ahead, including how the Society can help residents to access the Plan and make appropriate representations to  Bradford Council during the 6 week “Comments Period” which is expected to be announced late in February.

And finally………….

Many of the friends who have followed the “Saga” of the Local Plan closely were astonished (and amused) by the U-Turn by Val Slater. Within 24 hours Ms Slater was “hitting back” at the MP and claiming  that “she too wanted to protect green fields, and that 94 per cent of homes were now built on brownfield land.”.

Now that’s quite a different position for the lady who only months ago titled herself “Devil’s Disciple” —remember this??

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By the way Ms Slater—are you sure that your new Plan puts 94% of houses on Brownfield sites?

…………It looks like the village is in for an interesting Spring!!!!


‘We don’t need to build on green land’ says housing minister Hopkins

6:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News Exclusive By Rob Merrick, Parliamentary Correspondent

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Keighley MP Kris Hopkins


New Housing Minister Kris Hopkins today denies Bradford has a homes crisis – and accuses Council chiefs of failing to exploit the “huge amount of land on offer”. In an interview to mark three months as a minister, the Keighley MP rejected the “crisis” word used by the National Housing Federation to describe Bradford’s plight. Instead, Mr Hopkins – while admitting to a “challenge” – called for a redoubling of efforts to provide the extra thousands of new homes the district needs.

But he also vowed he would be “pushing back” to protect green fields in his own constituency, despite David Cameron’s orders to hit housebuilding targets. Mr Hopkins said the extra homes could be found by:

l) Looking to Bradford’s canal area – saying: “There is a great opportunity for 20,000 houses. I’d like to see that project expand and accelerate.”

2) Bringing empty homes – which were particularly common in areas with large Asian populations – back into use l Identifying and selling off local Council-owned land – allowing the authority to tap into extra Government funds. Mr Hopkins said: “The word crisis has been rolled out time and time again. I think there’s a challenge that needs to be addressed.

“I think the Council is facing up to it in its local plan, but Bradford itself is not short of land – particularly around the canal area. “When I look back to the stock transfer, there was a huge amount of land retained by the Council on our old housing estates. We need to utilise some of that. “It’s not just about building new houses, but about getting empty houses back into use as well. If we can do that, we can really make a difference.

 “Lots of grandparents and parents went out and bought homes, particularly in Kashmiri and Pakistani communities, and we need to make sure those empty houses are brought back in.”

Growing pressure to build more homes has sparked fears that the district’s green and beautiful spaces will be concreted over – but Mr Hopkins insisted that was unnecessary. Indeed, he vowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in the Wharfe Valley against what he described as “outrageous” housebuilding targets.

The minister said: “The challenge is in the centre. The housing population boom is not in Keighley and Ilkley – it’s in the centre of Bradford. “Taking my ministerial hat off and putting my MP’s hat on, some of the figures they’ve talked about across Keighley and Shipley are outrageous.

“I’m sure Philip Davies would say the same and we will certainly be pushing back on those.

“There’s one road running through the centre of the Wharfe Valley and it couldn’t cope. Look at Addingham, where I think 5,000 houses was suggested, a ridiculous number. “It is an easier process for the Council to look around its green fields – the leafy bits of the district. “It needs to go back into the centre and ask, ‘Where are the brownfield sites?’ ‘How can we bring the empty homes back into use?’ ”

Fears of a Bradford housing crisis were stoked late last year, when the National Housing Federation warned “prices were spiralling out of the reach of people”.

The average house price is £142,000, yet average annual earnings are £18,500. Meanwhile, more than 20,000 people are stuck on a waiting list for social housing.

Labour-run Bradford Council has acknowledged the district needs an extra 42,000 homes by 2030, which involves building more than 2,000 each year, but only about 900 are built, of which only a small proportion are “affordable”.

The report came out around the same time as official figures revealed the number of affordable homes built across the country had plummeted by 26 per cent.

But Mr Hopkins insisted: “The Prime Minister has asked me to go out and deliver our housing commitment. That’s 170,000 affordable houses – to build them all by 2015. “We’ve built nearly 100,000 already, so with 16 months to go to the election, we are slightly ahead of target.”


Council chief hits back at Hopkins over house building

6:00 am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News

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Councillor Val Slater


Bradford’s housing chief has criticised Kris Hopkins’ comments, calling the idea of building 20,000 homes in the Canal Road corridor “ludicrous”. Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, responded angrily to the Housing Minister’s suggestions and urged him to work more constructively with the local authority instead of just “throwing stones” at them. Coun Slater said: “This idea of building 20,000 homes on Canal Road is absolutely ludicrous.“ I wonder if he has spoken to [Shipley MP] Philip Davies about this. I have real concerns about the impact that would have on the transport infrastructure in that area.” She said quibbling about whether there was a housing ‘crisis’ or ‘challenge’ was “a childish use of semantics”.

Coun Slater called on Mr Hopkins to use his Government role to help solve housing problems such as landbanking and stalled developments, rather than just “sniping” at Bradford Council. She said: “There are a number of issues we could work constructively together on, especially as he is now in a position to influence things that stand in the way of progress, such as how do we actually make developers build on brownfield sites, how do we get the stalled building in Bradford to happen? There are I think around 18,000 to 19,000 outstanding permissions.“ All these things we need his help on because they can only be sorted out nationally.”

Coun. Slater said she too wanted to protect green fields, and that 94 per cent of homes were now built on brownfield land.But she said the house-building figures Mr Hopkins described as “outrageous” were actually Government targets.


Five-point plan housing policy from Labour Ilkley candidate

A Labour parliamentary candidate challenging housing minister Kris Hopkins for his Keighley seat has outlined a five-point plan for national housing policy.

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John Grogan says he would restore the previous Labour Government’s policy of brownfield development first.

He said: “This measure, which would prioritise building houses on previously developed land, would help lessen the pressure for development on greenfields in Keighley, Ilkley and the villages of the Aire, Worth and Wharfe Valleys.

“Labour got the proportion of housing built on previously developed land up to nearly 75 per cent. There is still enough brownfield land available to build 1.5 million homes nationally.”

“I was pleased to see that Bradford Council changed their own housing plans recently but they can only really prioritise brownfield development if this becomes national policy again.”

Mr Grogan says he would also encourage the development of some new towns nationally, on sites such as land close to the M62. And he says he would help councils and housing associations to borrow to build, abolish the ‘bedroom tax’, and ensure all private landlords are properly licensed and regulated.

He plans to submit his ideas to Sir Michael Lyons, who has been asked by Labour leader Ed Milliband to draw up a plan for housing policy.

Academicals –first Awards– “Rising Star” award goes to Ellie

Coaches Paul Hunt and Sohail Rheman had some tough choices to make at this week’s Awards. The mixed game is certainly  raising standards—- and the bars.



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                          An innovation at this weeks Academy training session 

The introduction of  the Academy’s Awards for special efforts during the Sunday  morning events.

Coaches were out of sight for some time making  their decisions. After an agonising wait for all the players, coaches Paul and Sohail announced the winners for  this week’.


RISING STAR                          is        ELLIE WILSON

MOST IMPROVED                   is        HARVEY LISTER

Congratulations to the winners and well done to everyone for a tough competition.



The Sunday morning sessions of the Academy are open to all children from the village aged from 5 to 13. Girls are proving to be tough competition for the boys.

Come along any Sunday — to the MUGA in fine weather — to the Youth Centre if wet.

Parents operate a Drop and Go system from 10—11.30.

The Academy is looking for help with organisation, records, and coaching

Please — email info@addinghamcivcsociety.co.uk

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Sunday Junior Soccer and Tennis this Winter

A generous gesture will help the Sunday Junior Soccer Club and Tennis enthusiasts through the winter.

The enthusiasm of the young people and parents who have established “the club” and the Tennis group has been recognised and rewarded by the Trustees of the Addingham Youth Centre. The Trustees of the Centre  have matched the Civic Society’s jump-start initiative for new sports “Start-Ups” in the village …………….read more


The Sunday Junior Soccer club, and other sports activities, will go Indoors for the winter when necessary

 The Junior Soccer Club, tennis enthusiasts ( beginners and refreshers) have experienced a great run of good luck with the weather from the start, being “rained-off” on only a few occasions since September.

The Soccer Club has attracted boys and girls between 4 and 14 (with some special Parents) and is developing an increasingly popular programme of friendship, exercise, training, skills development and competition.

The tennis activity, with help from llkley Lawn Tennis Club,  has proved popular and gives confidence that tennis in the village will become  “self-sustaining”— and develop.


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Addingham Youth Council has matched the Civic Society’s investment in start-up funding for sport in Addingham by an offer to accommodate  the Junior Soccer Club and other sports, at no cost, for an introductory period. Parents and players have expressed their thanks to the Trustees of the Youth Centre for their encouraging generosity.

So from now on, at least until Easter, these groups will continue to play and grow irrespective of the weather.


If you want to know more contact the Society via info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk