Leeds City Council can today give a further update on the forthcoming public examination of the Site Allocations Plan (SAP).
Following the announcement earlier this week that the council had requested a revision to the schedule of the examination, this has now been approved by the independent examiners.
As a result, the sessions will now begin at 10am on Tuesday 24 October at Leeds Civic Hall. The initial part of the examination will cover areas of Leeds identified for use for retail, employment and green space. The sessions looking into housing are likely to now begin in February/March 2018, following the council’s further technical work to consider the implications of the latest evidence and revised government approach to housing need.
The Site Allocations Plan follows on from the Core Strategy which was adopted in Leeds in 2014 after being endorsed by a government inspector with 70,000 new homes identified as being needed up to 2028. This figure includes an allowance for new development through demolitions and ‘windfall’ sites, which means the Site Allocations Plan and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan allocates land for a net total of 66,000 new homes.
To provide these homes the plans split the Leeds district into 11 geographical housing areas with the new homes to be developed in three phases. Of the 11 areas, the two highest in terms of receiving new housing would be the city centre and an ‘inner area’ of Armley, Beeston Hill, Belle Isle, Gipton and Harehills, Hyde Park and Woodhouse, Hunslet and Seacroft to help boost regeneration and economic growth in those parts of the city.
To see the latest information about the examination, go to http://www.hwa.uk.com/projects/leeds-site-allocations-plan-examination/