Response to point 5 of M & G’s Key points about Parlington Village

Comments on point 5, 160 hectares for building.

  1. 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.

100 hectares = 1 sq. km

The submission (as stated above) is to build on 160 hectares = 1.6 sq. km.

If 1,850 houses are built, Parlington will have 1,850/1.6 = 1,156 houses per sq. km.

If each house is occupied by 2 people, the population density associated with the building in Parlington will be 2,312 people per sq. km. and 3,700 people in total over the 160 hectares.

If each house is occupied by 3 people, the population density associated with the building in Parlington will be 3,468 people per sq.km. and 5,550 people in total over the 160 hectares.

According to Wikipedia, in 2009, the population of Swarcliffe and Stanks was 6,751 people.

An additional comparator can be found in information from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) from 2011

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171780_275367.pdf

UA/Met county/County Local Authority Total pop 000s Area (Sq km) People per sq km
East Riding of Yorkshire UA 339 2,408 141
Kingston upon Hull, City of UA 264 71 3,694
North East Lincolnshire UA 157 192 820
North Lincolnshire UA 161 846 191
York UA 202 272 744
North Yorkshire 600 8,038 75
North Yorkshire Craven 55 1,177 47
North Yorkshire Hambleton 88 1,311 67
North Yorkshire Harrogate 159 1,308 121
North Yorkshire Richmondshire 53 1,319 40
North Yorkshire Ryedale 54 1,507 36
North Yorkshire Scarborough 109 817 133
North Yorkshire Selby 83 599 138
South Yorkshire Met County 1,328 1,552 856
South Yorkshire Barnsley 228 329 692
South Yorkshire Doncaster 291 568 512
South Yorkshire Rotherham 255 287 889
South Yorkshire Sheffield 556 368 1,510
West Yorkshire Met County 2,250 2,029 1,109
West Yorkshire Bradford 513 366 1,399
West Yorkshire Calderdale 203 364 557
West Yorkshire Kirklees 410 409 1,003
West Yorkshire Leeds 799 552 1,448
West Yorkshire Wakefield 326 339 961

Thoughts on the M & G open session, Friday 7th October.

I attended the session at Aberford Village Hall on the above date. My early impressions are:

  1. M & G seemed to be promoting the village as though it’s a fait accompli, this applies particularly Mr Renshaw Watts;
  2. Attendees were requested to complete a questionnaire that was anonymous (nowhere to sign and leave contact details). I’m wary that any information derived from it could potentially be appropriated to validate a point that might be unintended by the responder;
  3. The plans as described by the main presenter were implausible. As an example – the fact that the site will have a single ingress/egress road to cater for potential car traffic and bus traffic for 1,850 homes (Is that feasible? Is that legal?).
  4. The Key Point about Parlington Village flyer doesn’t justify the destruction of the estate, and on closer inspection infers that the entire site’s use will be subject to change (see point 10 on side 2 of the flyer “…. woodland complemented by a network of pathways etc….”). It makes reference to a more extensive change to the estate and to further building beyond the houses, shops, healthcare facilities and even commercial buildings stated in the flyer. This information reinforces the questions in my point 3 above.

I hope to attend the meeting on Friday 14th October at the John Rylie Centre in Barwick. In the meantime, I’m keen to increase the level of discussion and requisite actions and start by suggesting that no one completes the M & G questionnaire.

The overriding message that the M & G team should be presented with, and take back to the estate’s owners, is that this destruction is not wanted, it is unnecessary and people in this area will not support M & G in realising an increased value of this asset to enhance the current M & G “£25.9 billion of assets” portfolio (words from M & G’s “Key Points about Parlington Village”).

Any proposal at Parlington will increase the burden of an already creaking road infrastructure around the M1, A63, A64 and A58.

I suggest that an alternative “Save Parlington” questionnaire is circulated, completed and deposited in the M & G intro (M & G’s physical receptacle for completed questionnaires in the room) on Friday.

HB

Transcript of the M & G Key Points about Parlington Village

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.