Leeds Core Strategy Selective Review and what that might mean for the Site Allocation Plan Hearing

Leeds City Council have trumpeted in the press the review of the Leeds overall housing target of 70,000, and its potential reduction to 55,000. They have also proposed the changing of the Core Strategy plan period from 2012 – 2028 to 2017 – 2033.

Good news on the number front! – and a housing target no so far away from that proposed by community groups up to 7 years ago. Leeds catching up as usual…..

So, this means that the Core Strategy (CS) is likely to change, doesn’t it? Change of housing target to 55,000 and change of plan period to 2017 to 2033?

How then can the Site Allocations Plan (SAP)  hearing Inspectors stick to their mantra that they’ll be testing the SAP against the existing 70,000-house CS, when we know the CS will change?

It’s a question YGA has asked the hearing Inspectors, MPs, DCLG Minister Sajid Javid and Planning Minister Alok Sharma. There’s no answer yet. But Alec Shelbrooke MP has raised a written question and an answer to that is expected on 5th September 2017.

Meanwhile YGA has had a definite statement from the SAP Hearing Inspectors that they will not allow housing target and plan period discussion during the SAP hearing.

I can already hear the opening oral statement;  “I know I am not allowed to mention revision of housing target and plan period, but………..”

The Site Allocations hearings start on Tuesday 10th October 2017 and run for 4 weeks on Tuesdays to Thursdays; Fridays will be used for any over-spill business.

Information on the hearing has been published at the Programme Manager’s website.

Martin Hughes, Chair, YGA


Leeds Site Allocation Plan Responses – Number Now Known

YGA has found out the number of responses to the Leeds Site Allocation Changes consultation that was recently held. 

There were 9,097 responses. 194 were made online, 1,981 by email and 6,922 by written submission. Of the latter submissions, 6,342 written submissions were made from Save Parlington in a petition from the group. Responses from Horsforth were second in number to those from the  Parlington group.

The Parlington site is the largest site (thousands of dwellings planned) in the SAP and will use up the most greenbelt.

Strawberry Fields in Horsforth is the second largest site (960 dwellings proposed) and also is currently greenbelt.

In total, about 12,000 individual site comments were made by the 9,097 respondents.

……………and not a single one was considered by Leeds before it submitted the Site Allocation Plan for Leeds to government inspection.

This is one very good reason to help YGA challenge the use of greenbelt at the forthcoming Site Allocation Plan hearing, set for about October 2017. Plesae no go to the Donate page and give what you can. Thank you.

Martin Hughes, Chair, YGA



YGA Stand at Horsforth Gala Raises £465 for Funds

Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance’s stand at the Horsforth Gala on 24th June 2017 saw YGA volunteers working hard for the 5 hours of the show to generate £465.03 of donations to the organisation’s funds.

Thank you for attending and donating, and thank you to the Promotions Team for their hard work, and members of YGA who gave up their time to supervise the stand.

Martin Hughes, Chair

YGA Attending Horsforth Gala Saturday 24th June 2017

Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance has taken a stand at the Horsforth Gala, and is there to raise funds to support its aims in challenging greenbelt use for new housing.

Horsforth Gala has been chosen, as a particular greenbelt site – known as Strawberry Fields – is within a stone’s throw of Horsforth Hall Park, where the Gala will be held. 960 new houses across the road will totally change the character of the area.

The stand will be raising money through information provision, and be family and children centred, with competitions, prizes, and other activities.

A new leaflet for the event and other local fundraising has been produced and is reproduced below.

Please come over and support the event.