Decision details

Proposal for road-safety park, family cycle trails and new event space at Temple Newsam

Reference: D50233

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Development of a family cycling centre at Temple Newsam including road-safety park, cycle trails, cafe and investigating options for new events space


The Director of Communities and Environment submitted a report regarding proposals for the potential development of a family cycling scheme, events space and new approach to landscape management at the current location of Temple Newsam golf course. Specifically, the submitted report sought the Board’s view on whether to progress with a public consultation exercise on such matters.


It was highlighted that Board Members had been in receipt of correspondence regarding the proposals in the run up to the meeting, with it being undertaken that all of the submissions which had been received would be taken into consideration as part of the proposed consultation exercise.


In considering the submitted report, the Board received an overview of what the proposed consultation exercise would entail, with assurance being provided that any consultation undertaken would be genuine.


Having raised concerns regarding the proposals detailed within the report, a Member requested that the submitted report be withdrawn from consideration at today’s meeting to enable further work to be undertaken on the options which could potentially be considered at Temple Newsam including introducing new facilities alongside golf provision. The Member also requested that the matter be referred to the relevant Scrutiny Board with all relevant information and proposals then being brought back to Executive Board for determination.


Following this, a Member requested that officers ensure that any proposals which were brought forward for consideration and determination took into consideration the community’s needs and wishes.


To conclude the discussion, it was further proposed that following the conclusion of the consultation exercise, the outcomes from that consultation together with any proposals regarding the future of Temple Newsam golf course be brought back to Executive Board for the Board’s consideration and determination, with it being highlighted that should the relevant Scrutiny Board wish to consider such matters, then it would be free to do so. 



(a)  That, in taking into consideration the comments made during the discussion on the submitted report, the Board’s consent be provided for the Parks and Countryside service to commence a public consultation exercise on the proposed closure of the golf course and the proposed developments, as outlined within the submitted report;


(b)  That following the conclusion of the consultation exercise (as detailed in resolution (a) above), the outcomes from such consultation together with any proposals regarding the future of Temple Newsam golf course be submitted to Executive Board for consideration and determination, with it being noted that the relevant Scrutiny Board could consider such matters, should it wish to do so.


(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, both Councillor A Carter and Councillor S Golton required it to be recorded that they respectively abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute)


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Temple Newsam;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Board Member for Environment & Active Lifestyles

Other reasons / organisations consulted

If the proposals are approved, a public consultation will be undertaken in November 2019


Key stakeholders and general public

Contact: Sean Flesher, Chief Officer Parks and Countryside 0113 3786002 Email:

Report author: Sean Flesher

Publication date: 18/10/2019

Date of decision: 16/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 16/10/2019 - Executive Board

Effective from: 26/10/2019

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