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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?

Pre-Submission Changes Advertisement

The Council is seeking comments on the Site Allocation Plan Pre-Submission Changes.  The changes are being advertised for a 6 week period between 13th February and 27th March 2017 (5pm).

The plan has been through various stages in its preparation.

Issues and Options stage 

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

Publication Draft Consultation

The Site Allocations Plan Publication Draft was subject to formal public consultation for 8 weeks from 22 September until 16 November 2015. This consultation is now closed. To access the Site Allocations Plan - Publication consultation material see the related pages section.

Outer North East Publication Draft Consultation - September 2016

Following the withdrawal of new settlement proposal at site MX2-33 Headley Hall by the landowner in September 2015, the City Council is now consulting on the revised proposals for the Outer North East Housing Market Characteristic Area (HMCA). Only the Outer North East HMCA is subject to consultation to bring this part of the plan in line with rest of the Site Allocations Plan. Consultation material can be viewed here Outer North East Publication Draft Consultation.

Pre-Submission consultation for the whole plan – February - March 2017
Submission to the Secretary of State – Summer 2017
Examination in Public - (date set by the Planning Inspectorate) – 2017
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 – Winter 2017

Click to expandCan 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

Click to expandWhat 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

Click to expandHow 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.

Click to expandHow 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.

Click to expandWill 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.

Click to expandHow 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

Click to expandWhy 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.

Click to expandWill there be opportunities for future public involvement?

​Yes. In addition to the Issues & Options consultation and formal Publication Draft consultation ran from 22 September till 5pm 16 November. After this the Site Allocations document will be submitted to the Government for public examination. It is anticipated a further round of Pre-Submission Consultation will take place later in the year – June 2016

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