Leeds City Council Approves £125,000 For Plans for Netherfield Road Multi-Storey Car Park

In the Autumn of 2021 Leeds City Council consulted on plans for a Multi-Storey Car Park at Netherfield Road, Guiseley. Article here. The Yorkshire Post is now reporting that LCC have decided to move ahead to the next stage of planning and draw up an Outline Business Case and planning application for the car park this financial year. This will cost £125,000 and be funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The LCC decision notice is here and the background report to the decision here.

However, controversy is brewing over this decision, as ward Councillors for Guiseley & Rawdon have not been consulted over this latest development, and the report on which the decision was made said they are fully supportive – which they are not. It is likely this is referring to a 2018 consultation, which was pre-pandemic and when it was expected that Guiseley would grow with four Green Belt sites being built on. During the 2021 consultations Councillors said things had changed and no longer supported the plans as outlined in this Wharfedale article. The report is thus in error.

Meanwhile, nothing is mentioned in the decision report about the results of the 2021 public consultation which showed strong opposition of the scheme – particularly following changes to working patterns post the pandemic.

There is a discussion where you can add comments on our Facebook Page, Aireborough Voice. Ward Councillors are taking this up with Leeds City Council next week.