City set to consult on planning ambitions

Council chiefs will be discussing moving forward with public consultation regarding the Leeds Site Allocation Plan at a meeting of the council’s executive board next week.

Leeds City Council’s executive board will be recommended to approve the preliminary issues and options for site allocations in the report and therefore progress with a wide ranging public consultation in June - July of this year.

The plan covers the topics of retail, housing, employment and greenspace allocations all in the context of planning in the future.

As part of planning for anticipated population changes and the homes, jobs, education and investment needed across the city alongside the ambitions for regeneration growth and infrastructure, the Site Allocations Plan will look to identify potential sites that will help deliver the principles set out in the Core Strategy.

The council is still at the early stages of the initial site allocations work and the information presented to the executive board will provide material that allows for public input to form and shape the final plan.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:

“The site allocation plan gives us the opportunity to gather public opinion on possible development sites in their local communities.

“Wide ranging discussions have already been undertaken with all 99 Council members in the last 6 months in order for the draft proposals to be prepared. The development plans panel, who have responsibility for preparing the proposals, have unanimously agreed to pass them to executive board to decide on beginning public consultation.

“We really want to hear the voices from communities across Leeds in the consultation later this year, so as to be able to feed these ideas and views into a final site allocation plan. The consultation will offer people the opportunity to better understand the challenges that the proposed scale of growth presents they can get involved and influence the future plan.

“We will be looking to garner the views from wide ranging audiences from communities through to members across all wards who will play a vital part in the consultation process, and have had key input already to this stage.

“As part of aspiring to be the best city in the UK the Core Strategy is a key way of taking forward the spatial and land use elements of this vision ."

For more information and to see preliminary site allocation plan please visit www.leeds.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

More information about the consultation will be announced if Leeds City Council’s executive board approve the recommendations at the meeting on Thursday 9 May.


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