Calls for investigation into Leeds council ‘sales of green spaces’

A senior Leeds politician is calling for an investigation into why Leeds City Council is “selling green space” despite having declared a climate emergency earlier this year.

Monday, 2nd December 2019, 5:00 pm

Coun Colin Campbell (Lib Dem) has asked for the authority’s environment scrutiny committee to look into the “sale” of small areas of green space in the city to developers, following a planning application which he claimed plans to run an access drive across an area of public green space.

Coun Campbell’s concerns follow Leeds City Council’s declaration of a climate emergency earlier this year, and the authority’s subsequent pledge to become carbon neutral over the coming decade.

In requesting scrutiny of the issue, Coun Campbell wrote: “It may seem small scale but we have recently have had a planning application to run an access drive across a section of public open space and incorporate this into a garden.

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A Leeds councillor has called on the authority to investigate the sale of green spaces.

“I was wondering if either of your committees might like to have a conversation about the selling of green space given the declared climate emergency.”

A section marked “Clarification of the enquiry” added: “Coun Campbell has confirmed he would like to consider the processes linked to the sale by the Council of all green spaces – including those smaller strips of ground and verges, as well as larger pieces of land that may form part of major projects.”

At a full Leeds City Council meeting in March this year, members voted to declare a climate emergency in Leeds, and committed to make Leeds carbon neutral by 2030.

The scrutiny board will meet to decide whether to grant Coun Campbell’s request on Tuesday, December 3.