Tall Buildings Design Guide

The aim of the document is to establish clear principles and advice to ensure that tall buildings are well designed in appropriate locations whilst also enhancing the skyline at the same time.  It promotes sustainable approaches to the planning and design of tall buildings whilst at the same time providing more certainty about the appropriateness and location of tall buildings. It challenges design teams to design high quality tall buildings to be successfully integrated within the local and city context. It provides a simple methodology to preserve the character and appearance of Conservation Areas and protect important buildings, views and settings.
The guide provides:

  • Key principles required for good practice in the location and design of tall buildings.
  • An appreciation of the context and local distinctiveness of Leeds.
  • Examples of good and bad practice.
  • Reference to national and local policy frameworks.
  • A background of the emerging physical framework for tall buildings and the skyline of Leeds which applicants and their agents can contribute to.
  • A checklist for planning applications.


The documents are available to download from the documents section at the bottom of the page.​​​​​​​



Contentshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_001 Contents.pdf386825pdf
Introductionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_002 Introduction.pdf1842746pdf
Chapter 1 existing situationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_003 Chapter 1 existing situation.pdf3249868pdf
Chapter 2 existing usagehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_004 Chapter 2 existing tall building usage.pdf447465pdf
Chapter 3a protecting viewshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_005 Chapter 3a protecting views.pdf1951970pdf
Ch 3b movement, skylineshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_006 Chapter 3b movement, sustainability and skylines.pdf2449032pdf
Ch 3c location and clustershttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_007 chapter 3c location and clusters.pdf1200465pdf
Ch 4 design detailhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_008 Chapter 4 design detail.pdf1133777pdf
Chapter 5 design processhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_009 Chapter 5 design process.pdf183067pdf
Chapter 6 conclusionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_010 Chapter 6 conclusion.pdf78720pdf
Annexehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_011 Annexe.pdf277022pdf
Microsoft Word - SATall Buildings SPD DEC21PB2.dochttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_012 Sustainability Appraisal.pdf802591pdf
MORNING SESSIONhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_013.pdf102380pdf
untitledhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_014 Response Form.pdf14717pdf
Statement of the SPD Matters - Template Statement of the SPD Matters - Template https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FPI_TB SPD_015 Adoption statement.pdf29878pdf

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