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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 June to 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 previous Site Allocations Plan - Issues and Options consultation material see the related pages section.

Next Stage - Publication Draft Consultation

The Site Allocations Plan Publication Draft, is now subject to formal public consultation from September until 5pm 16 November 2015. There will be a number of drop-in sessions within different communities​ across the district, for events near you see Drop in Timetable​. Information will also be available at One Stop Centres and Libraries.

Use the links below to view current consultation documents on the proposed sites and submit comments on the plan.


Publication Draft Plan Consultation -22 September - 16 November 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


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

​No. The Housing numbers are set out in the Core Strategy which was adopted in November 2014. 

Adopted Core Strategy

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 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.

Will there be opportunities for future public involvement?

​Yes. In addition to the Issues & Options consultation, formal Publication Draft consultation runs from 22 September till 5pm 16 November. After this the Site Allocations document will be submitted to the Government for public examination. 

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