Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act 2011 introduces statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England.

It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.

These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where people live and work giving opportunities to:

  • influence where new homes, shops and offices are built
  • have a say on what new buildings should look like
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings you want

Neighbourhood Plan Progress

All areas currently designated are shown on the Neighbourhood Plan Designation Map (PDF 857KB)

The December 2017 Leeds Neighbourhood Planning newsletter (PDF 528KB) is available to view.

Made Neighbourhood Plans

The following neighbourhood plans have been made by the Council and form part of the statutory development plan for each respective neighbourhood area:

Current consultations

Aberford and District

Aberford and District (Aberford) Parish Council has submitted the Aberford Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for independent examination. Under para 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Council is publicising the plan proposal and seeking comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the Aberford Neighbourhood Area and any consultation body referred to in the submitted consultation statement. The consultation runs from Monday 18th June to Monday 30th July 2018 (closing at 5pm).

How to view the documents:

Paper copies can also be inspected at the following locations:

  • Garforth Library & One Stop Centre, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1EH (Mon, Weds 9.00 – 19.00, Tues, Fri 9.00 – 17.00, Thurs 9.00 – 18.00, Sat 9.00 – 16.00)
  • City Centre One Stop Centre, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8BB (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30 – 17.30, Weds 9.30 – 17.30)
  • Jessamine Cottage Surgery, Main Street, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AA (during opening hours)
  • The Arabian Horse, Main St, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AA (during opening hours)
  • The Aberford Parish Council website

How to make representations

If you would like to make a representation on this Neighbourhood Plan, then please send your representation to npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning
Policy and Plans Group
Planning Services
Merrion House
110 Merrion Centre
Leeds, LS2 8BB

We encourage those responding to use the response form (WORD 62KB), which is available online and at the locations above. Please ensure your representation is submitted by 5.00pm on Monday 30th July 2018.

Notification

Any representations may include a request to be notified regarding Leeds City Council’s decision under Regulation 19 (Decision on a plan proposal) to make the submitted neighbourhood development plan for Aberford.

Scarcroft

Scarcroft Parish Council has submitted the Scarcroft Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for independent examination. Under para 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Council is publicising the plan proposal and seeking comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the Scarcroft Neighbourhood Area and any consultation body referred to in the submitted consultation statement. The consultation runs from Monday 4th June to Monday 16th July 2018 (closing at 5pm).

How to view the documents:

Paper copies can also be inspected at the following locations:

  • Leeds City Council, City Centre Hub, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8BB
  • Wetherby Library, 17 Westgate, Wetherby, LS22 6LL (Mon 10.00 – 17.00, Tues 09.00 – 19.00, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9.00 – 17.00, Sat 10.00 – 16.00)
  • Scarcroft Village Hall, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, LS14 3AS (during opening hours)
  • Scarcroft Village website: http://www.scarcroft.org/neighbourhood-plan/

How to make representations

If you would like to make a representation on this Neighbourhood Plan, then please send your representation to npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning
Policy and Plans Group
Planning Services
Merrion House
110 Merrion Centre
Leeds, LS2 8BB

We encourage those responding to use the response form, which is available above and at the locations above. Please ensure your representation is submitted by 5.00pm on Monday 16th July 2018.

Notification

Any representations may include a request to be notified regarding Leeds City Council’s decision under Regulation 19 (Decision on a plan proposal) to make the submitted neighbourhood development plan for Scarcroft.

Bramham

Bramham-cum-Oglethorpe (Bramham) Parish Council has submitted the Bramham Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for independent examination. Under paragraph 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Council is publicising the plan proposal and seeking comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the Bramham Neighbourhood Area and any consultation body referred to in the submitted consultation statement. The consultation runs from Monday 28 May to Monday 9 July 2018 (closing at 5pm).

How to view the documents:

Paper copies can also be inspected at the following locations:

  • Leeds City Council, City Centre Hub, 2 Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BA (Mon, Fri 09.30 – 17.00, Tues, Weds, Thurs 08.30 – 17.00)
  • Wetherby Library, 17 Westgate, Wetherby, LS22 6LL (Mon 10.00 – 17.00, Tues 09.00 – 19.00, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9.00 – 17.00, Sat 10.00 – 16.00)
  • Bramham Post Office, 12 Front St, Bramham, Wetherby LS23 6RD (during opening hours)
  • Bramham Medical Centre, Clifford Rd, Bramham, Wetherby LS23 6ZA (during opening hours)
  • Leeds City Council Neighbourhood Planning page

How to make representations

If you would like to make a representation on this Neighbourhood Plan, then please send your representation to npsupport@leeds.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning
Policy and Plans Group
Planning Services
Merrion House
110 Merrion Centre
Leeds, LS2 8BB

We encourage those responding to use the response form, which is available above and at the locations above. Please ensure your representation is submitted by 5.00pm on Monday 9 July 2018.

Notification

Any representations may include a request to be notified regarding Leeds City Council’s decision under Regulation 19 (Decision on a plan proposal) to make the submitted neighbourhood development plan for Bramham.

On 4th June 2018 the appointed Independent Examiner for the Bramham Neighbourhood Plan wrote to the Council and to Bramham Parish Council to clarify the examination process and provide indicative timescales. The Examiner’s letter is available to read online.

Walton

Walton Parish Council has submitted the Walton Neighbourhood Plan for independent examination. The consultation has now closed and the Plan is being examined by Rosemary Kidd. The examiner has requested that representations submitted to the consultation are published on our website, these can be viewed online.

The examination documents can be viewed below:

Due to the large volume of files that form the Evidence File for the Walton Consultation Statement, Walton Parish Council have agreed that their website will host the Evidence File. The full set of Appendices that form the Evidence File can be found on their website.

Paper copies can also be inspected at the following locations:

  • Leeds City Council, City Development Department, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.30 –17.00, Weds 9.30 – 17.00)
  • Wetherby Library, 17 Westgate, Wetherby, LS22 6LL (Mon 10.00 – 17.00, Tues 09.00 – 19.00, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9.00 – 17.00, Sat 10.00 – 16.00)
  • Boston Spa Library, High Street, Boston Spa, LS23 6BH (Mon, Fri, Sat 9.00 – 12.00, Weds 10.00 – 17.00)
  • The British Library, Thorp Arch Estate, LS23 7BQ (during opening hours)
  • Thorp Arch Estate Office, Street 5, Thorp Arch Estate, LS23 7FZ (during opening hours)
  • Leeds City Councils website
  • Walton Parish Council’s website

On Thursday 19th April, the independent examiner for the Walton Neighbourhood Plan, Rosemary Kidd, issued a set of questions and matters for clarification. These can be viewed in the Walton NP Examiner's questions document (PDF 132KB).

On Thursday 5th May Walton Parish Council and Leeds City Council sent a joint response to the questions issued by Rosemary Kidd. These can be viewed in the Walton NP's Examiner's questions - joint response document (PDF 85KB).

Latest Updates​

Alwoodley

On Thursday 28th June 2018, there will be a Referendum on the Alwoodley Neighbourhood Plan. For further details of the Referendum, please go to the Neighbourhood Planning Referendums webpage.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulation Assessment Screening Reports

We have determined whether the draft neighbourhood plans are likely to have significant environmental effects and therefore require strategic environmental assessments and/or habitat regulation assessments in compliance with The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

You can view the SEA-HRA screening determinations in table format.

Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group

This group was set up to oversee neighbourhood planning in Leeds at a strategic level with the remit to:

  • coordinate and monitor progress on neighbourhood planning;
  • advise on the advice and support that local communities need and consider the effectiveness of the support already given;
  • give particular focus to cross departmental and partnership activity/input;
  • report to the Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services, Chief Officers and Area Committee on neighbourhood planning as appropriate
  • ensure that links are made with other stakeholders including the Police, the National Health Service, health practitioners and the voluntary sector.

It met for the first time on 30th July 2012. Members are drawn from all departments of the City Council, Planning Aid, Civic Trust and Leeds Beckett University.

Applying for Area/Forum Designation

Application requirements as follows:

Parished Areas

Parished Areas only need apply for area designation using the Neighbourhood Area Application Form (Word 2.1MB).

Non-Parished Areas

Non-parished areas must apply for both area and Forum designation. This can be done in one of two ways;

  • Joint Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum application (apply for both at the same time) or;
  • Two separate applications, apply for Neighbourhood Area followed by Neighbourhood Forum application

Please spend time looking over each form before deciding which is/are relevant to you. It is not a requirement to use the forms. However, if you choose not to, please ensure your application includes similar information. If you need advice on any aspect of designation please contact the Neighbourhood Planning Team on 0113 247 8079.

Advice

We have produced guidance notes to help local communities and others who are interested in neighbourhood planning:

 

 

Adopted Core Strategyhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Core-Strategy-Introduction-Page.aspx, Core StrategyAdopted Core Strategy<div class="ExternalClass41966612C2CB4561852C1214ABDCE8D0"><p>​The Core Strategy sets out the vision in planning terms for Leeds until 2028.  All other planning documents, including neighbourhood plans, sit underneath the Core Strategy and must conform to its vision. </p> <p>The Core Strategy was adopted by the City Council on 12th November 2014.  </p></div>
How can you get involved?How can you get involved?<div class="ExternalClass4CF05EE6821F44F7B05B0E1514F56B88"><p>The details of all neighbourhood plans across Leeds are available on our website.  </p> <p>If you wish to become involved with an existing group you can either contact them directly, or contact the council using the Contact us form and we will pass your details on. </p></div>
How many neighbourhood plans are there in Leeds?How many neighbourhood plans are there in Leeds?<div class="ExternalClassB024501909CE4BC1A06BB63AB8BEB55D"><p>​Leeds has some of the highest levels of neighbourhood planning activity in any city across the country. So far 35 neighbourhood areas have been designated (22 parished and 13 non-parished). A map showing the full extent of designations can be found on the neighbourhood plan designation map.<br></p></div>
In depth guide to neighbourhood planningIn depth guide to neighbourhood planning<div class="ExternalClass0639696ED75349378DE09C6E9EF71EB5">​For a more in depth guide to neighbourhood planning, please see our advice note available in the Documents section. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>We will be happy to talk you through the neighbourhood planning process. You can email us by using the Contact us form.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
What is a Neighbourhood Forum?What is a Neighbourhood Forum?<div class="ExternalClass3A746882D6F34AA9A105DD60353E8D3F">​A neighbourhood forum is the body that will prepare a neighbourhood plan in non-parished areas. The Forum must be made up of a minimum of 21 people who live, work or do business in the neighbourhood area. </div>
What is a Neighbourhood Area?What is a Neighbourhood Area?<div class="ExternalClassDE757314A1AA4C0E9C8FD3E194EDADC1"><p>​A Neighbourhood Area is the area that will be covered by the neighbourhood plan. See guidance notes on this page for advice on designation and agreement of an appropriate boundary.</p></div>
Which areas have been designated?Which areas have been designated?<div class="ExternalClass02FD2AA59CA949A29A88C280863EDE6F"><p>​The following neighbourhood areas have already been designated:</p> <div>1.Aberford & District<br>2.Adel<br>3.Aireborough<br>4.Alwoodley<br>5.Bardsey cum Rigton<br>6.Barwick in Elmet and Scholes<br>7.Beeston<br>8.Boston Spa<br>9.Bramham cum Oglethorpe<br>10.Carlton<br>11.Clifford<br>12.Colllingham<br>13.East Keswick<br>14.Garforth<br>15.Harewood<br>16.Headingley<br>17.Holbeck<br>18.Horsforth<br>19.Hyde Park<br>20.Kippax<br>21.Kirkstall<br>22.Linton<br>23.Little Woodhouse<br>24.Otley<br>25.Oulton& Woodlesford<br>26.Pool-in-Wharfdale<br>27.Rawdon<br>28.Rothwell<br>29.Seacroft<br>30.Scarcroft<br>31.Shadwell<br>32.Thorner<br>33.Thorp Arch<br>34.Walton<br>35.Wetherby</div> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Who can prepare a neighbourhood plan?Who can prepare a neighbourhood plan?<div class="ExternalClassB7302779992C414B8D556B9A2B5BC21C"><p>​In parished areas, only the parish or town council can lead on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. In non-parish areas, a Neighbourhood Forum must be designated by the Council.</p></div>

 

 

Neighbourhood Area and Forum Applicationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Final Neighbourhood Area and Forum Application Form.docx89824docx
Neighbourhood Area Applicationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Final Neighbourhood Area Application Form.docx76702docx
Leeds Neighbourhood Planning Guidancehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds Neighbourhood Planning Guidance.pdf1836026pdf
Advice for non-parished areashttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Neighbourhood Planning Advice for non-parished areas.pdf1441095pdf
Alwoodley examiners reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Alwoodley NDP Report of Independent Examination.pdf761082pdf
Alwoodley Neighbourhood Development planhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Alwoodley Neighbourhood Development Final 19 01 2018.pdf3045653pdf
alwoodley Decision Statementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Alwoodley Reg 18 Decision Statement.pdf509819pdf
Draft Collingham Neighbourhood Planhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Draft Collingham Neighbourhood Plan.pdf6867778pdf
Kippax NP - SEA and HRA screening reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Kippax NP - SEA and HRA screening report.pdf3455339pdf
Horsforth NP - SEA +HRA screening reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Horsforth NP - SEA +HRA screening report.pdf5708040pdf
Neighbourhood planning Newsletter Dec 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Neighbourhood planning Newsletter Dec 2017.pdf537078pdf
Linton neighbourhood areahttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LINTON LR.pdf2261286pdf
Otley NP - SEA HRA Screening Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Otley NP - SEA HRA Screening Report.pdf5693977pdf
Reg 19 Decision Statement - Collingham Neighbourhood Development Planhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Reg 19 Decision Statement - Collingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.pdf312554pdf
Reg 19 Decision Statement - Holbeckhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Reg 19 Decision Statement - Holbeck.pdf113999pdf
Linton Decision Statementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Reg 19 Decision Statement - Linton.pdf311648pdf
Decision Statement - Thorp Archhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Reg 19 Decision Statement - Thorp Arch.pdf311306pdf
Thorp Arch Examiners Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Thorp Arch Examiners Report.PDF901399pdf
Thorp Arch neighbourhood development planhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/THORP ARCH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2017-2028.pdf8684119pdf
Wetherby NP - SEA +HRA screening full reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Wetherby NP - SEA +HRA screening full report.pdf3754510pdf
Walton Site Assessment Documenthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Site Assessment Document.pdf900293pdf
Walton Basic Conditions Statementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Basic Conditions Statement.pdf715670pdf
Walton Consultation Statementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Consultation Statement.pdf502004pdf
Walton Neighbourhood Plan Appendiceshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Neighbourhood Plan Appendices.pdf1814879pdf
Walton Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Listhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Neighbourhood Plan Evidence List.pdf195105pdf
Walton Neighbourhood Plan Proposalhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Neighbourhood Plan Proposal.PDF3887776pdf
Walton Neighbourhood Plan Screening Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Neighbourhood Plan SEA-HRA Screening Report.pdf3513435pdf
Walton NP Examiners Questionshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton NP Examiners Questions.pdf136067pdf
Walton Public Noticehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Public Notice.pdf292519pdf
Walton Neighbourhood Reg Consultationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Reg 16 Index.pdf20989pdf
Walton Response Formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Walton Response Form.doc76800doc
WNP Examiners Questions - Joint Responsehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/WNP Examiners Questions - Joint Response.pdf83264pdf

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