The City Council is preparing an Area Action Plan (AAP) which will provide the future planning framework to guide the regeneration of an area of the Lower Aire Valley. This area between Leeds city centre and the M1 and beyond is referred to as Aire Valley Leeds.
The area contains over 400 hectares of development land which can help meet Leeds’ need for housing and provide new jobs.
Work has been in progress since 2005 when ‘Early Issues for consultation’ was published. In 2006, the council consulted on some Alternative Options and then on Preferred Options in 2007.
Since 2007 there has been look again at the proposals to take account of:
• the downturn in the economy post 2008 which has impacted on the viability of development;
• potential new ways of funding infrastructure;
• the need to make development sustainable e.g. promoting energy efficiency and green energy and industry;
• The Leeds Core Strategy and changes to national planning policy;
• The Enterprise Zone which started in April 2012.
An informal consultation took place in 2011 to ask views on two key changes. These were:
The promotion of the area as an Urban Eco Settlement (UES).
Proposed boundary changes to include parts of the City Centre, Hunslet and Richmond Hill.
These changes have been agreed as the basis for preparing the publication draft AAP for formal consultation in late 2014.