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Play Streets

Child Friendly Leeds orange thumbs up logo with Play Streets logo underneath.Play your part in making Leeds the best city for children and young people to grow up in and to be a child friendly city. In Leeds we are working to bring everyone together to make Leeds a child friendly city - a place where children are valued, supported, enjoy growing up, and look forward to a bright future. Leeds City Council supports neighbourhoods to close their streets for play and is keen for more children to experience playing out safely close to their homes and the benefits this will bring to the entire neighbourhood.

The Play Streets scheme is a resident-led initiative to enable children to play freely and safely in their own street. Leeds residents can make an application to the council for a temporary play street order. The order will be valid for 12 months and allows neighbours to close their road to through traffic for the purpose of play for up to three hours at a time. Play street sessions can be held either weekly, monthly or quarterly or as a one-off proposal.

The street is only closed to through traffic and during the session still remains accessible to the people who live on the street. The application pack and Play Street Guidance gives full details of how to close the street safely and the best way to manage access by car for residents. The documents ‘Application for Temporary Play Street Order’ and ‘Play Street Guidance’ can be found in the Documents section on this page.​​​​​

Please note:

  • Not all streets are suitable for road closure. Submitting an application form does not guarantee you will be allowed to close your street.
  • This is a resident/community led initiative which is independent from Leeds City Council therefore parents/adults are responsible for the safety and supervision of children playing out on the street during the session.​

Click to expandWhat are the benefits?

Play streets allow children to play safely close to their own homes.

Children can play actively and energetically outdoors

Adults and children get to know the people who live on their street which can help them to feel part of their neighbourhood.

Click to expandHow do I apply to close my street for play?

The first step in the process is to talk to your neighbours. It is important to discuss the idea with the other residents on your street to see what the level of interest and support is. Consultation can offer the opportunity to answer any questions or concerns and can encourage neighbours to be fully involved. As part of the application process you will need to provide evidence of resident support.

To apply for a temporary street play order please download our application pack 'Play Street Application Form' from the Documents section on this page.

Please contact Gary Pritchard in the Traffic Management Team on 0113 247 7533 if you have any enquiries about the application process.

Unlike other temporary road closures, there will be no charge to process this application, but applications must be received at least 6 weeks before the first play session to give sufficient time for processing of the order.

Click to expandFurther support

Leeds Play Network is a local charity that provides free support for residents, schools and community organisations on the practicalities of organising play streets. They offer phone/email support, photocopying and advice on signs/barriers and safety kit. They can meet you to help you get started; attend residents meetings and your initial play street session. More information about play streets can be found at:

www.leedsplaynetwork.org.uk​​

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