Leeds Site Allocations Public Consultation Begins

Author David Ingham.

The Public Consultation period for the controversial Leeds LDF Site Allocations Plan began this week on Tuesday 22 September and is due to end at 5:00 pm on Monday 16 November.

0033If the drop-in session held on Wednesday 23 September in Aireborough’s Guiseley Methodist Hall is followed by similar public interest in drop-in sessions across the city, there is bound to be a large number of objections/comments to the inclusion of such a high proportion of greenbelt land being allocated for housing whilst such a large amount of brownfield in Leeds is ignored. The Guiseley drop-in session was attended by approximately 2,000 people and planning representatives, including David Feeney and Lois Pickering (author of the SAP), were bombarded with some awkward questions and, although a large amount of information appeared to be available, it was not presented in an easily accessible form. This session was also attended by local Councillor Graham Latty and by members of Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum.
Details of all the drop-in sessions are as follows:

0034It is most important that as many people as possible object in writing to the Site Allocations Plan if they strongly disagree with the inclusion of so much greenbelt across the city as a whole.

If you have already submitted an objection, at a previous stage some months ago, please do not assume that you do not need to object again. Your previous objection does not count and it must be resubmitted within this current consultation period. You can learn more and have your say by visiting www.leeds.gov.uk/yourcity Do not submit your comments at this stage though, as you will find more advice on what to say to make those comments more meaningful in planning terms by referring to material which will appear on this website in the coming weeks.
The WARD organisation, having only just seen the Site Allocation Plan, requires more time to digest the detail and, when it has done so, WARD will be publishing its advice which will be available for anyone to use as a guide for their comments (providing it is put into their own words) so please hold fire for now!
When the Public Consultation Period ends all the comments which have been received by Leeds City Council will be collated and presented to a Government Planning Inspector together with the Leeds Site Allocation Plan – probably in early 2016. It is important to note that only those residents who have made written submissions will be entitled to speak at this public examination of the Site Allocations Plan. The more people who express a wish to do this the better!
There is a link for returning completed response forms on the Site Allocations Plan at     sap@leeds.gov.uk

Full details are available on line and at your local library, One Stop Centre or Leeds City Council Leonardo Building reception in the city centre. You can also return completed response forms via post to:
LDF Publication Draft Consultation
Forward Planning & Implemenation
The Leonardo Building
2 Rossington Street
If you need help please do not hesitate to contact a member of the WARD organisation. Watch this space for further information.

David Ingham