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Published : 09/10/2012 00:00

Leeds is setting the standard for neighbourhood planning

An event hosted by Leeds City Council about neighbourhood planning has attracted a wide range of people from communities across Leeds.

The event, which took place at Civic Hall yesterday (Monday 8 October), focussed on new rights that local communities now have to prepare development plans for their local area (neighbourhood plans) and how these plans can decide what is built and where, as well as focus on other issues of community interest and concern.

Representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), community members from Kippax and Holbeck, Planning Aid and the Councils City Development Department all outlined how Leeds is setting the standard for the rest of the country.

There are 27 communities across Leeds interested in neighbourhood planning, more than any other area in the country. So far, 10 areas have already been designated neighbourhood areas (Walton, Linton, Bardsey, Thorp Arch, Wetherby, Bramham, Boston Spa, Clifford, Shadwell and Kippax ), with a further five soon to be. The remaining 12 communities, many from urban areas, include Holbeck, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon and Headingley/Hyde Park.

Representatives from Holbeck and Kippax demonstrated how they are embracing the new powers that they have, giving many tips along the way to other communties who are seeking to follow their lead.

The event included workshops focussing on a wide range of issues of interest to communities in Leeds – how can we make our neighbourhood a better place? How can we get involved in neighbourhood planning and where can we get support ?

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

“We passionately believe in the real benefit of local communities working together with our locality teams and Area Committees to shape neighbourhood planning locally. We hope that our extensive dialogue with key local groups will appeal to the DCLG and help set the national agenda.”


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