The text below is my transcript of the M & G “Key Points about Parlington Village” flyer as made available last Friday at the Aberford exhibition. Please read carefully. I’ve inserted the numbers to make future referencing easier. Also, I dictated this into Word and therefore may be a few errors. It’s worthwhile studying each paragraph and cross referencing with other available documents.
Key points about Parlington Village
1. The Parlington estate has been brought forward as a suitable strategic site which is well placed to contribute in a sustainable way to the required housing target for the Outer North East area of Leeds City Council’s Site allocation plans.
2. Parlington is in the sole ownership of the M&G UK property fund and is managed by M & G Real Estate which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014. M & G Real Estate is one of the largest property investors in the world with £25.9 billion of assets, including cash, in the UK in Europe and Asia (as of June 2016).
3. Ensuring the delivery of strategic housing sites is a challenging issue where there are a multiplicity of land ownerships, as is often the case with such proposals. The proposals for Parlington village are substantially strengthened by the fact of M& G’s sole ownership and the ability to access institutional funds. M&G will combine the roles of landowner, promoter and lead developer, and so will ensure timely delivery of the site and a consistently high quality of development.
4. The concept for Parlington Village is to create a sustainable community within an attractive and high-quality natural and built environment which respects its historic context and surroundings.
5. The Parlington Estate extends to some 770 hectares. In the March submission to LCC only 160 ha of the housing development. This land is located at the centre of the estate and is currently used as arable farmland.
6. The vast majority of this estate will remain as farmland and woodland. This area will be subject to appropriate management plan which will help to create a defensible boundary, ensuring that Parlington Village will have its own identity and that it will not merge with other nearby villages.
7. It is envisaged that a full range of housing sizes and types, to buy or rent will be available to meet the needs of single people or families; Young or old, and those with special housing requirements. There will be a provision of affordable housing that will be protected so remains affordable in perpetuity. It is likely that there will be opportunities to self-build.
8. Parlington Village will benefit from the range of community investments adding both social value and sustainability to the village. This could include schools, healthcare, retail and employment facilities.
9. The development could provide space for businesses, shopping outlets and services providing a wide range of new employment opportunities for residents of Parlington Village as well as other existing communities in the area.
10. It is proposed that the existing and new woodland would be complimented by a network of pathways and open green spaces parks and gardens allotments and community orchards together with children’s play spaces. There is the opportunity to establish new linked to the surrounding countryside giving greater public access to the estate for the benefit of all communities in the area.
11. The Parlington Estate adjoins Junction 47 of the M1, as well as nearby to the established train stations at Garforth, local bus routes and cycle links.
12. The initial concept for motor vehicle access has been to create a high-capacity roundabout, this approach would discourage traffic associated with Parlington Village from routing through the surrounding villages.
13. Within Parlington Village there will be great emphasis placed on creating a network of safe and attractive footpaths and cycle routes to connect schools shops and employment areas as well as to the surrounding communities.
14. Any developments will seek to preserve and enhance the architectural importance historic interest and setting of heritage assets to ensure the character identity and history of the site is carried forward into future generations.
15. There is a major opportunity, through a further management plan of existing and new woodland, which could mitigate ecological impacts arising from the development and enhance the biodiversity of the wider area.
16. The development will link up to appropriate infrastructure for the provision of utilities such as gas electricity water sewage and telecommunications.