Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward appointed WSP Environmental in association with Regeneris, Joe Ravetz Associates and Marilyn Taylor Associates to explore the future development of the city and how this could take place in line with the principles of sustainable development and of One Planet Living.
The One Planet Concept is that each person should be able to live on their share of the resources of one planet, instead of the three or four currently used. These goals are backed up by evidence on climate change by the Stern Review, the IPCC report, the Millennium Eco systems Assessment and others.
The report was commissioned during a period of unprecedented growth and economic success. Within the report, the baseline and policy review identified a number of key issues, perhaps the most challenging is for the development of a coherent strategy for the growth of Leeds and its position within the Leeds City Region.
Understanding the scale of growth that Leeds can accommodate and the optimum balance between homes and employment in the city will be critical. A number of considerations must be addressed to ensure that future growth contributes towards a high quality of life for residents and is consistent with sustainable development principles; these include accessibility to greenspace and other facilities, adequacy and availability of housing, and flood risk. Improvements to transport infrastructure into and within the city will also be critical if it is to fulfil its role as the capital of the City Region.