Decision details

Proposals for Road Safety Park, Family Cycle Trails, Children's Play Area, Cafe, Remodelled Golf Provision and Landscape Improvements at Temple Newsam

Reference: D52334

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider proposals to develop a road safety park, family cycle trails, children’s play area, café with remodelled golf provision at Temple Newsam


Further to Minute No. 86, 16th October 2019, the Director of Communities and Environment submitted a report outlining the findings of the recent public consultation exercise undertaken in respect of proposals for the land currently occupying the golf course at Temple Newsam Estate, with the report making proposals for the future of this area of land based upon the consultation findings.


Responding to a Member’s enquiries, officers provided an update on the liaison which had taken place to date with Temple Newsam Golf Club regarding the golf course layout proposals, and with a view to progressing such matters and provide the club with any further clarification as necessary, it was requested that dialogue between the Council and the club continued. Also, officers undertook to provide Board Members with the associated plans which had been shared with the club for their consideration.


As part of the discussion on such matters, the Board was provided with further details of the consultation exercise which had taken place.


A Member highlighted the vital role played by community parks throughout the city, especially during the current pandemic, with it being noted that the work in the community parks across Leeds would continue.



(a)  That the following changes to the area of Temple Newsam that is currently a golf course be approved:-


(i)  A reduction in the size of Temple Newsam golf course from 27 to 18 holes;

(ii)  The re-development of the building which currently serves as the golf clubhouse to include an attractive and accessible café, toilets and other supporting recreational facilities alongside golf provision; 

(iii)  The development of a road-safety park, children’s play area, walking and cycling trails and other historical, educational and environmental landscape improvements;


(b)  That approval be given to inject £1.2m into the Capital Programme for the delivery of the scheme;


(c)  That the necessary ‘authority to spend’ approvals for the full scheme be delegated to the Director of Communities and Environment, subject to consultation with the Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles;


(d)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer Parks and Countryside will be responsible for the implementation of the scheme.


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


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Temple Newsam;

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The accompanying report will summarise extensive consultation undertaken from December 2019 to the end of March 2020.


Public and relevant stakeholders

Contact: Sean Flesher, Head of Parks and Countryside 0113 3786002 Email:

Publication date: 05/10/2020

Date of decision: 24/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Accompanying Documents: