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
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 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 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.
No consultation are taking place at present.
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:
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:
Non-parished areas must apply for both area and Forum designation. This can be done in one of two ways;
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.