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Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood Planning gives communities the right to shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Neighbourhood Planning is not led by the local authority. Introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011, Neighbourhood Development Plans once made will be used when deciding planning applications. 
For links to the websites of Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums in Leeds who are preparing plan, please see the documents area on the left of the page.

Applying for Neighbourhood Area and/or Neighbourhood Forum designation
Parished Areas
Parished Areas only need apply for area designation.
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 (Neighbourhood Area followed by Neighbourhood Forum)
Please complete one of the following forms as appropriate;
- Neighbourhood Area Application Form (for parished and non-parished areas)
- Neighbourhood Forum Application Forum (for non-parished areas that been designated Neighbourhood Areas)
- Neighbourhood Area and Forum Application Form (for non-parished areas making a joint 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.

Current consultations in Leeds

The City Council have received of applications from Seacroft Neighbourhood Forum and Rothwell Interim Neighbourhood Forum to be designated as a neighbourhood forum. Application from Carlton Interim Neighbourhood Forum is to be designated as an area and a forum. 
The consultation period runs as follows: 
Carlton Interim Neighbourhood Forum: Monday 21st October until Monday 1st December 2014.
Seacroft Neighbourhood Forum: Friday 24th October until Friday 5th December 2014.
Rothwell Interim Neighbourhood Forum: Friday 14th November to Friday 26th December
Designation will allow the forum to prepare a Neighbourhood plan for the area. Specifically seeking comments from those who live work or do business in the area.
A plan showing the proposed area of designation along with a response form are available from the documents area to the left of the page.
Please send us your comments either by:
Email: npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or
Post: Chief Planning Officer, Neighbourhood Planning Team, City Development, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD 
Comments should be received no later than 5:00pm on the final day of consultation.
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. 
The documents can be viewed from the documents area on the left of this page. Please click on 'documents' heading for the menu to expand.

Who can prepare a neighbourhood plan?

​If there’s a parish or town council, that is the only body that can lead on neighbourhood planning.  If there isn’t a parish or town council, then a community group known as a neighbourhood forum needs to be established to lead the process. 

To prepare a neighbourhood plan you must be first designated as a neighbourhood area and forum. Guidance on this is available in the Documents section. You can also complete the e-mail form in the Contact Us section.

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.

Neighbourhood Areas

​A neighbourhood area is the physical boundary of the area that your plan will serve. Once you have decided the extent of your boundary you should apply to us for designation. 

We recommend that you contact us at the earliest stage to discuss your proposal.  Once you have submitted your application for designation, a consultation of 6 weeks will take place, inviting comments from those who live, work or do business within the proposed boundary.

The boundary does not necessarily have to be exclusively within the parish, ward or local authority boundary, but if it does cross boundaries you will need the consent of the neighbouring parish, ward or local authority.  We will be able to offer you advice and support.

Neighbourhood Forums

Neighbourhood Forums can be set up to prepare neighbourhood development plans in areas without parish councils. Neighbourhood forums are resident-led community groups with membership open to residents, employees and businesses.  To ensure representativeness, the minimum membership of a forum is 21.

Core Strategy update November 2013

​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 subject to independent examination by the Secretary of State throughout October.  The Inspector wrote to us in early November setting out his initial findings on our Gypsies and Travellers and Affordable Housing policies.  The Inspector’s letter is available on the Core Strategy page.


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