New neighbourhood framework sets the scene for south Leeds

A new framework looking at what can be improved in Middleton and Belle Isle has been produced with the help of local residents and businesses.

The neighbourhood framework is a document that sets out the development and investment opportunities in the area, including land for new homes or other types of development or improvements that are needed.

Leeds City Council engaged with the local community at the end of last year and prepared the draft framework based on comments received.

Locals commented that Middleton Park, local shops and amenities along with transport links to the city centre are good, but that further action was required to tackle anti-social behaviour and to give children more things to do. When asked about what could be changed, people thought that better play areas, more affordable housing and better policing in the area would bring great benefits.

The draft framework will be available online from Monday March 25 to Friday April 5 2013 and there are two public consultation events taking place in the local area on 25 and 26 March to offer locals the chance to comment on the proposed framework.

Go to www.leeds.gov.uk/middletonandbelleisle  to look at the draft framework and complete a survey

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

“We have worked closely with the local community to pull together the framework, and have listened to all feedback about both the positives and negatives of the areas.

“We will be consulting on the draft framework and asking locals to give us their ideas before we publish the final report to the Leeds City Council executive board later in the year for approval.”

Notes to editors

The public consultation sessions will be as follows:

Monday 25th March at Middleton Community Centre - 2pm to 6pm

Tuesday 26th March at BITMO Housing Office - 2pm to 5pm


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk