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Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 introduces statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.

These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:

   - choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built

   - have your say on what new buildings should look like

   - grant planning permission for the new buildings you want

Current Consultations

Kirkstall Neighbourhood Area & Forum Designation 

Leeds City Council has received an application from the Interim Kirkstall Neighbourhood Forum for the designation of a neighbourhood area and forum.  It must now publicise this application and seek comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the area.
You can view the following documents:
• Kirkstall Forum and Area application
​• Boundary Plan 
• Response Form 
by clicking on the ‘Documents’ tab on the left hand side of this page. 

The proposed boundary and supporting statement can be viewed at:
• Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, LS5 3BE (Mon-Fri 7am – 10.30pm, Sat 8am – 5pm, Sun 8.15am – 8.45pm);

• Development Enquiry Centre, City Development, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30am –5.00pm, Weds 9.30am – 5.00pm)

How to make comments on the proposed forum

If you wish to make comments on the proposed neighbourhood area and forum, these must be made in writing between 21st August 2015 and 2nd October 2015 (5pm) by:

• completing a response form by clicking on the ‘Documents’ tab on the left hand side of this page; or

• writing to the Chief Planning Officer
Completed representation forms and letters may be sent to The Chief Planning Officer, City Development, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD or emailed to npsupport@leeds.gov.uk.
If you require further advice or assistance, or if you have any special needs, please contact 0113 2475014 or email npsupport@leeds.gov.uk

Linton Neighbourhood Plan 

Linton Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report

The Linton Neighbourhood Plan Proposal has recently been examined by an independent examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk BSc(Hons) MCD MBA MRTPI.
A copy of the examiner’s report can be found by clicking on the ‘Documents’ tab on the left hand side of this page. 

The City Council must now reflect on the content of the examiner’s report and issue a formal ‘decision statement’ setting out the Council’s position on
the recommendations in the report and it’s decision on how the Plan Proposal will progress.  The decision statement will be issued shortly.

The Plan Proposal

The plan proposal sets out a vision for the future of the village and includes planning policies that will help Leeds City Council to determine planning applications in the area.  It also contains a number of projects the Linton community aims to deliver.  Overall the plan promotes the conservation of the character and scale of the village and the protection of the open land around.  It does not propose any sites for development. 

The consultation ended Monday 22nd June (5pm) 2015.

The submitted Linton Neighbourhood Plan consists of the following documents:

 Draft Linton Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2029

 Map of the designated Neighbourhood Plan

 Consultation Statement 

 Basic Conditions Statement

 SEA Statement of Reason

 Public Notice (includes locations where paper copies can be viewed)

• Response form

Please note that if the Council determines to make the Neighbourhood Forum designation no other organisation or body may be designated for the Neighbourhood Area until that designation expires or is withdrawn. ​

Applying for Designation

Application requirements as follows: 

Parished Areas
Parished Areas only need apply for area designation using the Neighbourhood Area Application Form.
Non-Parished Areas
Non-parished areas must apply for both area and Forum designation. This can be done in one of two ways;
- Joint Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum application (apply for both at the same time) or
- Two separate applications, apply for Neighbourhood Area followed by Neighbourhood Forum application)
Please spend time looking over each form before deciding which is/are relevant to you.
It is not a requirement to use the forms. However, if you choose not to, please ensure your application includes similar information.
If you need advice on any aspect of designation please contact the Neighbourhood Planning Team on 0113 247 8079.

Who can prepare a neighbourhood plan?

​In parished areas, only the parish or town council can lead on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. In non-parish areas, a Neighbourhood Forum must be designated by the Council.

How many neighbourhood plans are there in Leeds?

​Leeds has some of the highest levels of neighbourhood planning activity of any city across the country.  So far 22 neighbourhood areas have been designated (20 parished and 2 non parished), with more than 20 interested areas across the district. 

A map showing the full extent of both designations and interest can be found in the Documents section.

How can you get involved?

The details of all neighbourhood plans across Leeds are available on our website. 

If you wish to become involved with an existing group you can either contact them directly, or contact the council using the Contact us form and we will pass your details on.

What is a Neighbourhood Area?

​A Neighbourhood Area is the area that will be covered by the neighbourhood plan. See guidance notes on this page for advice on designation and agreement of an appropriate boundary.

What is a Neighbourhood Forum?

​A neighbourhood forum is the body that will prepare a neighbourhood plan in non-parished areas. The Forum must be made up of a minimum of 21 people who live, work or do business in the neighbourhood area. 

Adopted Core Strategy

​The Core Strategy sets out the vision in planning terms for Leeds until 2028.  All other planning documents, including neighbourhood plans, sit underneath the Core Strategy and must conform to its vision.

The Core Strategy was adopted by the City Council on 12th November 2014.  

Core Strategy

Site Allocations update November 2013

​After a 6 week consultation that ran throughout June and July, we are currently analysing the 7,000 responses that we received.  Once analysed, we will be able to refine our plan to the next stage, the Publication Draft. 

This will be subject to a further 6 week consultation period where you can comment on the refined proposals.  This is expected to take place in summer 2014. 

Keep checking the website for an up-to-date timetable, or sign up for updates to our full range of planning documents, the Local Development Framework (LDF), by emailing ldf@leeds.gov.uk

In depth guide to neighbourhood planning

​For a more in depth guide to neighbourhood planning, please see our advice note available in the Documents section. We will be happy to talk you through the neighbourhood planning process. You can email us by using the Contact us form.

Which areas have been designated?

​The following neighbourhood areas have already been designated:

•Aberford & District
•Bardsey cum Rigton
•Barwick in Elmet and Scholes
•Boston Spa
•Bramham cum Oglethorpe
•East Keswick
•Thorp Arch

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