Show your support – proposed eco leisure hub at the former Bayford Oils site off Fleet Lane.

The plans from Ashcourt Group would create a new tourist and leisure destination, jobs for local people, and provide environmental and economic benefits for the community.

Key reasons to support:

  • New community facilities including wedding venue (available for residents) and a community café
  • Acres of green space and pathways to enjoy
  • New job creation in a major local investment
  • An eco-led scheme, aiming to reach a high level of sustainability
  • Taking hundreds of HGV vehicle movements off local roads

If you would like to support, please email [email protected] for further instructions.

You can also contact submit views to Leeds Council’s planning department by emailing: [email protected] quoting 22/07648/FU and your views.

The plans

The plans include a range of eco lodges and a wedding venue and conference facility. A community space, café, cycle hub and open green spaces are including within a landscaped setting.

This project would bring a brownfield, underutilised industrial site back to life as an eco leisure hub including a range of sustainability measures.

The existing site, which is designated ‘greenbelt’, includes several large and unsightly structures across a site which does not provide any benefits or usability for the local community. The exciting plans are smaller in scale and coverage across the site whilst delivering new landscaped areas which are more biodiverse and a pleasant environment.

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The Site

GB (previously Bayford) Oils’ storage depot was developed at Fleet Lane by the canal in the 1960s, with oil brought in mainly by barge and distributed by road tanker. The depot, acquired by Ashcourt Group, continues to be used as a storage depot and is identified as a wharf for aggregate transportation in Leeds City Council’s adopted plan.

Part of Ashcourt’s core business is the operation of concrete storage plants and aggregate recycling plants. Should the proposed scheme be unsuccessful, the storage facility would continue to create:

  • Circa 60 HGV movements along Fleet Lane per day.
  • Associated barge movements in the region of 80 barge trips.

During our initial pre-application consultation, it was recognised and accepted by the community and local representatives, that the existing site currently detracts from the surrounding area providing no sustainable conservation benefits to the canal/river corridor.

The proposed eco leisure hub would transform this site into a sustainable development which can be enjoyed by everyone and deliver direct benefits for the whole community.

Aerial photograph of former Bayford Oils site off Fleet Lane
Aire & Calder Navigation
River Aire
Fleet Lane
The Site
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The Proposals

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Around 40 eco-friendly and sustainable lodges, including 1, 2 and 4 bedrooms with green roofs, energy saving designs, encapsulated in a carbon neutral package

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Café set in landscaped gardens including a community space and cycle hub to support future leisure initiatives and wellbeing

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Central conference facility and wedding venue which seeks BREAAM ‘Excellence’ rating, delivering benefits to the local economy

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Extended public car park (58 spaces) and private guest car park (86 spaces) with electric charging points and dedicated disabled parking

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Upgraded access and road surface on Fleet Lane

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Central pond for community amenity, encouraging wildlife, improved habitat and to minimise flood risk

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Our leisure hub will aim to become a focal point for local and regional leisure initiatives supporting the river corridor. We aim to encourage leisure activities such as cycling, walking, paddleboarding and ornithology

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Picturesque landing jetty that can accommodate the water taxi from Leeds City Centre

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Improved CCTV, lighting and security on-site

Site Plan

3D visual from Historic Wharf

Wedding venue and conference/meeting facility

The proposed wedding venue and conference/meeting facility would be a centrepiece of the scheme and provide a new state-of-the-art and sustainable offer. The venue would cater for up to 120 guests and include:

  • Wedding venue area, which can also be used as a conference and local community meeting facility
  • Built from locally sourced materials, wood, stone and steel benefiting local economy
  • Courtyard and gardens down to the waters’ edge
  • Planting natural barriers and drystone walls for safety
  • Business model that benefits jobs, the local economy and promotes commercial footfall

Community facilities

The scheme would provide several new facilities including a café, cycling hub and meeting spaces to be run and used for by the local community. The development would also open up this site for wider biodiversity and open green spaces.

Key Benefits

  • Transforming the site from an oil depot which provides no sustainable value, into an environmentally biodiverse environment, eliminating the need for significant traffic/ HGV movement
  • Sustainable features including the use of green roofs, solar panels, planting for wildlife and biodiversity, the wedding venue will seek a BREAAM ‘Excellent’ rating
  • A significant investment to provide benefits for the local economy
  • New local amenities including a café, central conference room facility and wedding venue
  • New open space and gardens for the community to enjoy
  • Extra parking created
  • Around 55 new local jobs in hospitality and general running of the leisure hub and an £2m annual boost to the local economy
  • A commitment to work with local conservation and community groups to make best use of the proposed facilities
3D Aerial Visual

3D visual from across the water feature

3D visual of cafe community building from canal

3d visual from across the canal

Frequently asked questions

What is an eco-leisure hub?

An eco-leisure hub includes a range of activities for visitors and the local community which connects them with the countryside in a sustainable way.

Our vision is to transform the Bayford Oils site into a leisure hub with sympathetic landscaping that epitomises the rural character of the navigation corridor and surrounding area.

The scheme includes eco-friendly accommodation, which is complimentary in design, using locally sourced materials, promoting a theme of sustainability. We aim to provide excellent recreational opportunities that meet currently un-met needs within the community and encourages tourism.

The central wedding venue and conference room facility that provides local employment, benefits the local economy and promotes commercial footfall.

How many jobs will be created?

Around 55 new local jobs in hospitality and general running of the leisure hub will be created. There will also be an £2m annual boost to the local economy, when the development is completed.

There will also be opportunities to get involved in the construction phase.

How many lodges will be delivered and what size are they?

The plans include a range of 40 eco-friendly sustainable lodges, with 1, 2 and 4 bedrooms.

How many weddings would likely take place each year?

We estimate approximately 35 weddings per year with most trips at weekends, with additional visitors for conferences and accommodation.

The wedding venue will cater for up to 120 guests and include a wedding vestibule which doubles as a conference and local meeting facility.

What kind of landscaping is proposed?

Our proposals would transform the current site, delivering seven acres of landscape gardens with meadow flowers and natural pathways and dry stoned walls. The scheme is designed to encourage wildlife and connect with the surrounding environment. There will be native trees including English Oak, Willow, Cherry, Silver Birch, Maple, and Beech.  Following feedback from the RSPB we will include swift boxes and other bird friendly features.

What improvements are proposed for local roads and access?
  • Our plans include potential for new passing places to be formed along the site access road.
  • An enlarged car park would be created and open to the public, providing an overall increase of circa 26 spaces.
  • We would also improve footpath links along the riverside within the site boundary to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy riverside walks.
  • Plans include improved gateway into woodland and towards A642.
Have you considered potential flooding/drainage?

We have conducted extensive floor risk assessments to mitigate risk, taking into, consideration, climate change, long term predictive impact, risk assessment analysis and 3D modeling of surrounding area. All recommendations will be implemented, including the inclusion of two water features, which will aid in surface water drainage.

Evacuation plans have been created to minimize risk and fully comply with council requirements.

Who will operate the new site?

The new business will be run and operated by two generations of the same family, all experienced in hospitality and bringing a variety of skills and personalities to the venture. Each has invested, both financially and personally to the future success of the business and have been an integral part of the design and vision for the project. With deep Yorkshire roots, they recognise the importance of local wellbeing and are excited at becoming an integral part of the community.

How sustainable will be development be?

We are targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the wedding and conference building, which would put this building in the top 10 per cent of buildings in the UK.  The development will be net zero carbon.

What does net zero carbon actually mean?

This means the amount of carbon emissions created by the buildings operation ie. heating, hot water, lighting, ventilation etc is less than the amount of energy that is created by renewable energy technologies provided by the development.

What sustainable features will be included?
  • Circa 300m2 of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) – these will be roof mounted and distributed across the Fleet Lane development
  • Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) renewable clean energy technologies – these will be local to the Wedding Venue building and located external
  • Increased building fabric efficiency through enhanced insulation and U-value performance
  • Coordinated building services strategy & commissioning programme
  • Non Fossil-Fuel reliant heating strategy – all electric only
  • Natural ventilation strategy
  • Embodied carbon materiality strategy – calculation of whole life carbon emissions
  • SMART technologies, building metering and controls systems
  • All LED, intelligent lighting systems with daylight sensors, PIR and remote operation
  • Transport strategy and travel plan aimed at reducing excessive car usage, deliveries and a focus on sustainable transport
  • Electric vehicle charging – above national requirements & distributed across the Fleet Lane site
  • Cycle storage – above national requirements & distributed across the Fleet Lane site
  • Substantial biodiversity enhancement across the site including introduction of native species planting and habitats
  • Flood Risk mitigation, introduction of passive and active sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)

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3D Aerial Visual

3D visual of wedding venue from main approach

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