The Site Allocations Plan will allocate sites that will help to deliver the Leeds Core Strategy long term spatial vision, objectives and policies. This is to ensure that sufficient land is available in appropriate locations to meet the targets set out in the Core Strategy. It is a key Local Development Framework (LDF) document in identifying specific allocations for development to 2028. It is intended that the Site Allocations Plan should 'follow on' from the adoption of the Core Strategy, but begin early work in parallel.
In May 2012, Executive Board approved the scope/content of the plan. It will cover housing, employment, retail and green space allocations for the whole of the authority area, except for the area within the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan.
The council conducted a ‘call for sites’ exercise to identify sites which may become available for development during the plan period. This exercise closed on 30th March 2012. Site suggestions for housing are updated each year through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). Any suggestions for future uses of land does not in any way give a ‘green light’ to development – it is simply a pool of sites that will be considered in producing the Site Allocations Plan.
The precise timetable for the preparation of the Site Allocations Plan is subject to the progress of the Core Strategy to adoption and will be kept under review and updated accordingly. The Site Allocations Plan cannot be finalised before the adoption of the Core Strategy because of the need to be in general conformity with the Core Strategy which sets strategic requirements and policies, and in particular will confirm the housing target and distribution.
The indicative timetable is:
Issues and Options Consultation - Summer 2013
Publication Draft Consultation - Summer 2014
Submission to Secretary of State - Late 2014
Plan Adoption - Late 2015
Preparation of the Issues and Options plan is well advanced. When the period of consultation begins there will be an opportunity for everyone to have their say on the different development sites and options available. Please do not send comments on the plan in advance of this formal period as they cannot be considered. The consultation period will be advertised when the dates are confirmed.