Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park Neighbourhood Design Statement – Public Consultation 8th November to 22nd December 2013
The Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park Neighbourhood Design Statement (NDS) Steering Group represent the resident associations of Foxhill, Highbury, Moor Park and St Chads, Weetwood and West Park. The Steering Group are currently working an on updated version of the Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park NDS which was originally adopted by the Council as supplementary planning guidance in 2005. The intention is to update the NDS and for the Council to formally adopt the updated version as a supplementary planning document (SPD) which will then be used to guide and assist the development process including the determination of proposed planning applications in the area.
The NDS is subject to public consultation from 8th November to 22nd December 2013 during which the Council is inviting comments. Details on how and where to submit comments including a comment form can be found by clicking on the Design Neighbourhood and Village Design Statements docs page on the Related Pages link to the left of this page. The following documents which offer further information are available to download:
• Far Headingley SPD Matters
• Far Headingley SPD Advert
• Far Headingley Consultation Statement
• Far Headingley Site Notice Advert
• Far Headingley Comment Form
General Information about design statements
Village design statements (VDS) and neighbourhood design statements (NDS) are promoted by Natural England, the Countryside Agency and others, produced by local communities and supported by Leeds City Council, as a means of fostering good design, appropriate to its local context. They may also be applied to parish plans and in neighbourhoods within the city’s urban boundary.
The six key aims of a village or neighbourhood design statement are:
• Enabling communities to analyse and define the value of their local environment
• Acting as a tool for assessing the local character of an area
• Assisting the City Council in steering future development to respond to and respect that character
• Guiding smaller changes ("permitted development")
• Prompting the scope for local environmental improvements and support community initiatives
• Becoming adopted and used by the Council as a material consideration in planning matters
A range of skills are needed in their preparation, including leadership, public consultation, report writing, visual analysis, photography, plan drawing / sketching, editing and desk top publishing. Detailed advice and existing Village and Neighbourhood Design Statements adopted in Leeds, together with supporting documents are available on the Design Neighbourhood Design Statements docs page on the Related Pages.