Aireborough Civic Society Celebrates 50 years of Conservation Areas with:

Little London, Rawdon in 1906 : Ordnance Survey Map

A Guided Walk Around the Nether Yeadon & Little London (Rawdon) Conservation Areas led by Andy Graham, Urban Designer and former Conservation Officer for Leeds City Council

Aireborough has eight Conservation Areas.   Find out what makes 2 of them special and how our heritage is protected from unsuitable change. We are fortunate in having a wonderful variety of historic buildings in many separate settlements combined with beautiful Pennine countryside.   Our Conservation Areas are there to protect and improve these places for the future.   


£3  – goes towards the Aireborough Civic Society fund for new Blue Plaques.


To book your place and find out the starting place, please telephone 0113 2503580

About Aireborough Conservation Areas

Aireborough has eight Conservation Areas.   Find out what makes 2 of them special on Civic Day, 17th June, this year with the Aireborough Civic Society Civic Day Guided Walk around Nether Yeadon & Little London. It is remarkable that these 2 areas of character are so near each other, but so very different.  It is our responsibility to protect this heritage from unsuitable change.

Find out how Conservation Areas give limited protection. It is 50 years since the government recognised the importance of ‘areas of special character’ and the need to protect them. Conservation Areas were introduced in 1967. Before that anyone owning a building in these areas could demolish it at whim, irrespective of its attractiveness and history.

This part of Leeds is fortunate in having a wonderful variety of historic buildings in many separate settlements combined with beautiful Pennine countryside. Aireborough has eight Conservation Areas.  Nether Yeadon is hidden away and still surprisingly rural, and Little London is a close knit community of former weavers’ cottages.

More information about Nether Yeadon

Nether Yeadon is a rare survivor of pre-industrial Aireborough.  It has excellent examples of early Yeomen’s houses and agricultural buildings, 10 of them grade II listed, all set within an historic, agricultural landscape setting.  Of particular note is Low Hall, which has remnants of Esholt Priory in its fabric.  These types of buildings do survive in other areas in Aireborough, but their all important surroundings have gone,  many swallowed up by recent housing developments.

Clive Woods, Chairman of Aireborough Civic Society said, ‘We are very pleased that Leeds has recognised the distinctiveness of Aireborough by increasing the size and number of our Conservation Areas.     It helps our communities to keep the best of our heritage and should mean that our Green Belt has greater protection.     New buildings should be of high quality.   However even with Conservation Area protection we still have to persuade planners and developers that some less obvious Heritage buildings should be converted and not demolished, in particular our industrial heritage.  Leeds has done a great job of creating new Conservation Areas but has been less successful in protecting important details like original windows and doors.   An even bigger challenge is the threat to build yet more new homes in these areas as part of  the Leeds Core Strategy and now in the controversial Site Allocations Plan.’

Conservation Areas

Conservation areas were introduced in England, Wales and Scotland in the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys. When conservation areas legislation was introduced there was widespread public concern over the pace of redevelopment in our historic towns and cities. Today there are over 10,000 conservation areas in the UK (approximately 9,300 in England, 500 in Wales, 650 in Scotland and 60 in Northern Ireland) reflecting the popularity of this legislative tool in identifying and protecting our most valued historic places.

Conservation area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising. It also places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas while undertaking their planning duties.

Leeds Digital Festival event ‘Check in Check off’ adds touch of digital magic to under-appreciated historic buildings in Leeds

A team of budding self-confessed technologists, working in the Leeds digital media industry have developed an innovative project as part of the Leeds digital media festival. Project ‘Check In Check Off’ is a group of media professionals wanting to promote historic hidden areas of Leeds which normally go unnoticed.

Using the latest technology including Social Media, QR codes, mobile phones, the internet and virtual reality the digital treasure hunt will allow small teams of four or five to follow cryptic clues on a journey around Leeds. Starting at the beautiful Corn Exchange building in the heart of the city centre, participants will be encouraged to notice the beautiful historic architecture by following pub quiz like questions to obtain points. The teams will then be led around some of the most unique buildings and structures in England, ending at a top secret well known famous landmark for a theatrical series of quests using a mix of history, drama and digital trickery.

The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the amazing beauty of Leeds which we take for granted every day. Creative producer Matt Gardner explains: “By making people socially and digitally engage with the environment around them, more people can appreciate just how lucky we are to live in a rich city such as Leeds.”

The event organiser Amanda Kouwenhoven has achieved the almost impossible task of getting private landlords, businesses and Leeds City Council to come together in a celebration of the history of the rich history of Leeds for the digital generation. “Since I moved to Leeds from Australia I have been in awe of the beautiful buildings and history of Leeds.”… “Working in the Digital Industry it only seemed apt that we held an event to celebrate both the history and the digital industry which has blossomed in Leeds.”

This is certainly an ambitious event; the technologies being used for the event on Sunday 20th November have never been used for this purpose before. Each task has been custom coded by Rick Harrison, the team’s developer, to allow maximum flexibility for the narrative of the event.

If you are free this Sunday and would like to get involved there are still one or two tickets available if you’re quick. Visit the website for more details.

Not surprisingly all the members of this one off event are so grateful to everyone that has helped support the event, both in resources and in giving their precious time. Amanda “We would like to thank our event sponsors Network Marketing Jobs Leeds for all their support, hopefully next Sunday will be a very special

SNOW. Annual General Meeting Postponed

Having listened to tonight’s weather forecast (more of the same until Friday) and looked out the window to see that it’s snowing again, I have decided to postpone tomorrow night’s AGM until Thursday January 27th which would be the date of our next meeting.

Apologies for any inconvenience.