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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 people live and work giving opportunities to:
 - influence where new homes, shops and offices are built
 - have a say on what new buildings should look like
 - grant planning permission for the new buildings you want

Latest Updates


The draft Clifford Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan Proposal) has been examined by Rosemary Kidd who recommended that, subject to proposed modifications, the plan should proceed to referendum. A copy of the examiner’s report can be viewed here.
The Council has accepted the recommendations of the examiner and the Decision Statement sets out its decision and the reasons. 
The Decision Statement can also be viewed on the Clifford Parish Council  website and paper copies are available at:

• Leeds City Council, City Development Department, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30am –5pm, Weds 9.30am – 5pm)
• Clifford Village Hall, Albion St, Clifford, Wetherby LS23 6HY
• The Albion, Chapel Lane, Clifford, Wetherby LS23 6HU
• Boston Spa Library, High Street, Boston Spa, Leeds. LS23 6BH (Mon, Fri and Sat 9am – 12pm, Weds 10am – 5pm)
• Wetherby Library, 17 Westgate, Wetherby LS22 6LL (Mon 10am-5pm. Tue 9am-7pm, Wed- Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm)
An application for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision of the Council (dated 4th November 2015) to allow the Linton Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum was submitted to the High Court on 30th November 2015. 
Judge Roger Kaye QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court refused permission on 22nd January 2016 stating that the application was considered to be totally without merit.  An application to appeal this decision was subsequently submitted to the Court of Appeal on 29th January 2016 which was granted on 9th May 2016.  The appeal was heard on 6th October 2016 and dismissed by Mr Justice Kerr in his judgement dated 28th October 2016 which can be viewed here.  Details of the referendum can be found at Neighbourhood Planning Referendum.
The draft Collingham Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan Proposal) has been examined by Nigel McGurk who recommended that, subject to proposed modifications, the plan should proceed to referendum. A copy of the  examiner’s report can be found here

Wetherby, Boston Spa, Bramham, Scarcroft, Bardsey - Revised Neighbourhood Area designations. The publication of the proposed revised neighbourhood areas is now complete and designation is expected shortly. 
Neighbourhood Plan Progress
All areas currently designated are shown on Neighbourhood Plan Designation Map.  Information on all areas preparing neighbourhood plans within Leeds is set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Progress table.  All areas designated are listed below under frequently asked question.

Current Consultations

Bardsey-cum Rigton

Bardsey-cum-Rigton Parish Council has submitted the Bardsey-sum-Rigton Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for examination. Under para 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the City Council is publicising the plan proposal and is seeking comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the Bardsey Neighbourhood Area and any consultation body referred to in the submitted consultation statement. The consultation runs from Monday 19th December 2016 to Monday 13th February 2017 (closing at 5pm)

How to view the documents

The plan proposal and supporting documentation can be viewed below and on the Bardsey Parish Council website​:

Paper copies can also be inspected at the following locations:

Leeds City Council
City Development Department
The Leonardo Building
2 Rossington Street
(Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30 –17.00, Weds 9.30 – 17.00)

Wetherby Library
17 Westgate
LS22 6LL
(Mon 10.00 – 17.00, Tues 9.00 – 19.00, Weds – Fri 9.00 – 17.00, Sat 10.00 – 16.00

Bardsey Village Hall
Woodacre Lane
LS17 9DG
 (during opening hours)

How to make representations

If you would like to make a representation on this Neighbourhood Plan, then please send your representation to or in writing to Neighbourhood Planning, City Development, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD. We encourage those responding to use the response form, which is available above and at the locations above. Please ensure your representation is submitted by 5.00pm on Monday 13th February 2017.


Any representations may include a request to be notified regarding Leeds City Council’s decision under Regulation 19 (Decision on a plan proposal) to make the submitted neighbourhood development plan for Bardsey.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulation Assessment Screening Reports
The City Council has determined whether the draft Linton, Collingham, Clifford, Holbeck, Boston Spa, Barwick in Elmet and Scholes and Bardsey cum Rigton Neighbourhood Plans are likely to have significant environmental effects and therefore require strategic environmental assessments and/or habitat regulation assessments in compliance with The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.
The full determinations and reasons for the determinations are set out in screening reports which can be viewed below or at the 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).
A summary of the determinations is set out below:
Title of Plan
Likely to have significant environmental  effects?
Strategic Environmental Assessment required?
Habitat Regulations Assessment required?
​Bardsey cum Rigton
Barwick in Elmet & Scholes
Boston Spa
No No
No No No
Linton Neighbourhood Plan No No
No No No

Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group
This group was set up to oversee neighbourhood planning in Leeds at a strategic level with the remit to:
• coordinate and monitor progress on neighbourhood planning;
• advise on the advice and support that local communities need and consider the effectiveness of the support already given;
• give particular focus to cross departmental and partnership activity/input;
• report to the Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services, Chief Officers and Area Committee on neighbourhood planning as appropriate
• ensure that links are made with other stakeholders including the Police, the National Health Service, health practitioners and the voluntary sector.
It met for the first time on 30th July 2012.  Members are drawn from all departments of the City Council, Planning Aid, Civic Trust and Leeds Beckett University. 

Applying for Area/Forum 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.
The Council has produced guidance notes to help local communities and others who are interested in neighbourhood planning. these be view form the documents section below.
Leeds Neighbourhood Planning Guidance (this covers advice for parished areas)
Advice for non-parished areas.

Click to expandWho 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.

Click to expandHow 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.

Click to expandHow 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.

Click to expandWhat 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.

Click to expandWhat 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. 

Click to expandAdopted 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

Click to expandSite 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

Click to expandIn 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.

Click to expandWhich areas have been designated?

​The following neighbourhood areas have already been designated:

1.Aberford & District
5.Bardsey cum Rigton
6.Barwick in Elmet and Scholes
8.Boston Spa
9.Bramham cum Oglethorpe
13.East Keswick
19.Hyde Park
23.Little Woodhouse
25.Oulton& Woodlesford
33.Thorp Arch

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