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.
We are aiming to take a report to the Council’s Development Plan Panel and Executive Board in January 2015 with suggested sites for allocation for housing, employment, retail and greenspace. At this stage, we will be seeking agreement in principle to sites being allocated, nothing more. Subject to Executive Board approval, the detailed Plan (Publication Draft) will need to be drafted and again agreed, with further reports to Development Plan Panel on issues not yet considered, such as phasing of housing development.
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 - 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
*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