The Site Allocations Plan
The Site Allocations Plan (SAP) identifies sites for retail, housing, employment and green space to ensure that enough land is available in appropriate locations to meet the growth set out in the adopted Core Strategy (between 2012 and 2028). The Plan has been through 4 separate rounds of public consultation, with a fifth one now taking place on specific sites as detailed below.
Examination in Public
The Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for the Environment on 5th May 2017 and is now at formal examination.
Stage 1 hearing sessions on Retail, Employment, Green Space and sites for Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Show People took place in October 2017.
The Inspectors agreed to postpone stage 2 hearings on housing, mixed use sites and all other matters not covered at stage 1 to allow the Council to carry out work to respond to a likely lower future housing requirement (as indicated in the Department of Communities and Local Government consultation ‘Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places’). The Stage 2 hearings are likely to resume in July 2018.
Consultation on a Revised Submission Draft Schedule of Amendments
The Council is seeking to reduce the impact of the SAP of Green Belt release by proposing revisions to the Plan as submitted. These revisions propose to designate some land (for a total of 7,834 homes across 43 sites) as ‘Broad Locations’ instead of housing allocations and safeguarded land designations meaning they will remain in the Green Belt until a further review of the Plan.
Once a future housing requirement and government guidance have been clarified, the Site Allocations Plan can be reviewed and sites that are Broad Locations can be released if needed for housing, or retained as Green Belt with the Broad Location designation removed.
Period of Consultation
Representations are invited on the revisions to the Submission draft Plan for a period of six weeks beginning on 15th January 2018 until 26th February 2018. Representations should be made in writing or by email and returned to the addresses below no later than 26th February 2018 (5pm).
Representations received shall be fully considered prior to submission of the Revised Draft Plan to the Inspectors, with amendments being made where they are considered to be required for the Plan to remain sound.
Comments are being sought on the following documents:
Submitting your comments
Representations should relate only to the proposed revisions (any made previously have already been submitted to the Inspector) and can be submitted by using the online form:
Submit your comments online (External link)
Leeds SAP Revised Submission Draft Consultation
Policy and Plans Group
The Leonardo Building
2 Rossington Street
Leeds, LS2 8HD
Comments must be received by 5pm on the 26th February 2018.
What happens next
After this stage the revised submission draft plan will be submitted to the government Inspectors. The Council will consider all representations made on the specific revised amendments and make any further amendments considered necessary to ensure the Plan remains sound. All comments will be submitted to an independent inspector for consideration in preparation for stage 2 hearing session, this is proposed to take place over July 2018.
The Inspectors will issue Revised Matters and Issues for the Council (and others) to respond to, a Revised Guidance Note and Agenda for the Stage 2 hearings. You will be given the opportunity to say whether you wish to speak at that examination.
The Site Allocations Plan examination page will be updated on a regular basis.