Proposals for Leeds land to become part of Green Belt

A proposal to help protect an area of land from potential future development is to be discussed by councillors this week.

At the meeting of the development plan panel at Civic Hall on Tuesday 16 December, councillors will consider a suggestion which could see an area of land being reclassified from ‘Rural Land’ to officially become part of the Green Belt.

If the change is approved, it would significantly increase the overall area of Green Belt in Leeds, benefitting the city in terms of safeguarding the environment and protecting community identities. It would also help to ensure a co-ordinated and planned approach for future planning strategy which aims to encourage regeneration and growth in Leeds.

Leeds City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel Councillor Peter Gruen said:

“I am making this proposal as part of the Site Allocations Plan for future developments in the city, which will be presented for public consultation next year.

“By having a clearly set Green Belt, we can give local people confidence about where we feel development will and will not be suitable.

“Designating this area as Green Belt would result in a net increase in the area of the Leeds Green Belt, for the benefit of communities now and in the future. It would increase its status for the land and safeguard it against inappropriate and intrusive future development.”

Leeds City Council development plan panel chair Councillor Neil Walshaw said:

“This is a really good opportunity to investigate putting this land formally into the Green Belt. If agreed, this will form part of a package of site allocation proposals for further public consultation next year.”

Consultation on the Site Allocations Plan (Issues & Options) took place in summer 2013. The work of the development plan panel over the next few months will be to consider proposed allocations for employment, green space, retail and housing, prior to consideration by the council’s executive board and public consultation once the plan has been drafted.

To see the report going to the development plan panel go to http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s124641/Updated%20PAS%20Report%20for%20DPP%2016th%20December%204th%20December%20Version.pdf

For more information on the Core Strategy and Site Allocations Plan visit www.leeds.gov.uk


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