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Site Allocations Plan

What is the Site Allocations Plan
The Site Allocations Plan will identify sites to ensure that sufficient land is available in appropriate locations to meet the growth targets set out in the Core Strategy.  The Plan is a key document in the Local Plan (or Local Development Framework) for Leeds in identifying specific allocations for housing, employment, retail and greenspace from 2012 to 2028.
What has been done so far
The plan has to go through various stages in its preparation. 
- The first stage was the Issues and Options. 
- Public consultation on the Issues and Options took place from 3rd June to 29th July 2013. 
- Received over 7,000 representations (objections or support for sites) in the consultation. 
- A report on the public consultation was presented to Development Plan Panel in December 2013.  To access the consultation material go the Site Allocations Plan – Issues and Options page, available under Related Pages to the right of the page.
Since then we have been considering the representations submitted, assessing new sites submitted for consideration, and getting comments from infrastructure providers, including where any new schools are needed. 
Next Stage 
The Issues and Options consultation ran for 8 weeks back in 2013 (June/July). Subsequent to that we’ve been entering and looking at the reps and assessing any new site suggestions and sending these to infrastructure providers for comment. In rounding this information together, a list of proposed allocations was presented to the Council’s Development Plan Panel on 6th January 2015 (Employment/Retail and Greenspace) and 13th January 2015 (Housing). The papers presented considered the sites proposed for allocation in principle for inclusion in the Site Allocations Plan (SAP). The Site Allocations proposals set out in the Panel reports was considered by  the 11th February Executive Board with the recommendation to agree the sites in principle. 
At this stage, agreement in principle was sought for sites to being allocated, nothing more. Following Executive Board approval, the agreed list of sites, provide a basis to prepare the full plan for consultation in summer/autumn 2015. The detailed Plan (Publication Draft) will need to be agreed, with further reports to Development Plan Panel on issues not yet considered, such as phasing of housing development.
Detailed site assessments are available from the Documents part of the page.
At this stage, please do not submit any comments to us.  Your opportunity to comment will be when the detailed Plan (Publication Draft) is formally ‘placed on deposit’ for public consultation.  Only comments made at this time will be reviewed by the council to consider whether any modifications are needed and taken into account when the Plan is finally examined by an Independent Inspector.
The Publication Draft Plan will set out the details of site allocations for housing, employment, retail and greenspace.  This will include, as appropriate, any on site requirements developers will be expected to provide, for example greenspace and local infrastructure (roads, schools, flood storage).  It will also set out which sites will come forward at what stage (phasing).  Once agreed by the Council, the Plan has to be ‘placed on deposit’ for a minimum statutory 6 week consultation.
Anyone who has already submitted comments to us in the public consultation on issues and options in 2013, or anyone who has requested to be kept informed, will be notified of progress with the plan – ie. When the next formal consultation period will be.

You will be able to comment on whether you support or object to a site’s allocation, and other details such as when it is proposed to be released (phasing). 
All comments will be submitted to an independent inspector for consideration at an Examination in Public and you will be given the opportunity to say whether you wish to speak at that examination.
The timetable is subject to change, because the Core Strategy has yet to be formally adopted (see timetable here for the Core Strategy), and because of the scale of the work involved, and the need to allow for further periods of consultation if changes to the Plan (modifications) have to be made.
The indicative timetable
Executive Board Report - 11th February 2015
Seeking approval to which sites should be allocated for housing, employment, retail and greenspace, in principle 
Publication Draft Plan Consultation - Summer/Autumn 2015
*After consultation, if the Council decides to make any modifications, these will need to be consulted on for a further minimum 6 weeks
Submission to the Secretary of State - Date to be confirmed
Examination in Public - (date set by the Planning Inspectorate) - Date to be confirmed
*After Examination, the Inspector may suggest further modifications.  If so, these will need to be consulted on for a further minimum 6 weeks.
Await the Inspector’s Report
Plan Adoption - Date to be confirmed

What is the Leeds Site Allocations Plan?

​The Leeds Site Allocations Plan will identify or ‘allocate’ areas of land within the Leeds district for specific types of development, such as housing, employment, retail and green space up to 2028. It will be part of Leeds Local Development Framework (LDF), which is a collection of planning policy documents produced by the Council to guide development in Leeds.

The main LDF document to be produced is the Leeds Core Strategy. This identifies the strategic locations that are to receive development allocations, along with the scale of growth that each area will need to accommodate. The site allocations plan has to be in general conformity with the Core Strategy.

The inclusion of a site in the final adopted version of the Leeds Site Allocations Plan will mean that the Council accept the principle of development that is in accordance with the requirements of the site allocations plan, core strategy and other effective planning policies.

Site Allocations Development Plan Document

Can I comment on the Leeds Core Strategy housing numbers and other core strategy policies?

​No. The Core Strategy is at a more advanced stage. The web page for the core strategy contains information on its current stage of production. The examination into the core strategy began in October 2013. The Council received the Inspectors Report on the 5th September 2014.

Core Strategy - Examination

What is the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)?

​The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is a list of possible sites for future housing development. The undeveloped sites included in the SHLAA will be considered through the site allocations process. The pool of sites in the SHLAA can be submitted by anyone. They do not have to own or have an interest in the land to submit a site.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

How do I put forward a site to be considered for the Site Allocations Plan?

If you wish the council to consider a site, or sites, within the district to be allocated for development, you can submit details by responding to the public consultation.

How will potential development sites be assessed?

Sites will be assessed against a range of criteria that will include: location, likelihood of delivery; benefit to local communities and to the district; impact on existing infrastructure and landscape; impact on the Green Belt; scoring against Sustainability Appraisal objectives; and consistency with national policy and the Leeds Core Strategy.

Will every site put forward be allocated for development?

No. Not every suggested site will be needed to meet the district’s development needs. Only the most appropriate sites when assessed against a range of criteria will be seriously considered as part of the Site Allocations Plan consultation process.

How will existing infrastructure and services cope, and what new infrastructure and services will be implemented?

All new development, housing in particular, will contribute to the delivery of appropriate infrastructure either directly or through a financial contribution. The council is already working closely with the relevant agencies to ensure the necessary infrastructure requirements of specific sites can be understood. Initial work is set out in the council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

Infrastructure Delivery Plan April 2013

Why is the land next to my house identified for assessment?

The assessed sites have been drawn from the pool of SHLAA sites.  See what is the SHLAA question for a full explanation.

Why are some sites split?

​Some sites have been split as a result of the site assessments. It could be that part of a submitted site has more potential for development.

Why do some sites have an unusual or irregular boundary and ignore existing field boundaries?

As part of the site assessment exercise, the council have conducted an accessibility evaluation of a site’s proximity to services and facilities (eg. schools, frequent bus routes, shopping, health care).  This has identified land with the optimum access to these services and facilities and can mean boundaries appear unusually contrived.

What is the timetable for the Site Allocations Plan?

The timetable is determined to a large extent by the progress of the Core Strategy.

The indicative timetable

Executive Board Report - January 2015
Seeking approval to which sites should be allocated for housing, employment, retail and greenspace, in principle 
Publication Draft Plan Consultation - Summer/Autumn 2015
Submission to the Secretary of State - Date to be confirmed
Examination in Public - (date set by the Planning Inspectorate) - Date to be confirmed
Await the Inspector’s Report
Plan Adoption - Date to be confirmed
The Council will update the web site to advise of revisions to this timetable.

Will there be opportunities for future public involvement?

​Yes. In addition to the Issues & Options consultation, there will be at least one other formal public consultation period before the Site Allocations document is submitted to the Government for public examination. See the timetable question above.

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