Yesterday (21/11/2017) Leeds Development Plans Panel set the wheels in motion for a reduced housing target from 70,000 down to 52,000. This needs to be agreed by the Leeds Executive Board and form part of the Core Strategy Selective Review, which will go through its own consultation process in early 2018.

The other key decision yesterday concerned the introduction of “broad locations” in to a review of the Site Allocations Plan, the second part (allocation of housing and green belt) of which with be tested against the existing Core Strategy in about July 2018..

The notes I took at the meeting are below.

Development Plans Panel (DPP) 21/11/2017

1). Core Strategy Selective Review – Housing Target.

Paper from Robin Coghlan. Link: –

Starts at page 7.

Summary recommendations

OAN Requirement /


Annual housing Plan period housing Land to allocate (houses) Indicative 5-year land supply (years)
DCLG Consultation (OAN) 2,649 42,384


36,784 11
SHMA ADJUSTMENT 3,247 51,952


46,352 9
SHMA REM 2017 3,478 55,648


50,048 8
SHMA HIGH GROWTH 3,783 60,528


54,928 7
Core Strategy 2014


4,700 70,000







REM = Regional Economic Model

SHMA = Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Land to Allocate = Housing target less windfalls etc.

DPP asked to recommend one of these 4 methodologies to Executive Board. Note that it’s the methodology being recommended, not the number – the number might change if the figures used in the methodology change. I don’t think councillors necessarily grasped this.

One hour of discussion and questioning by councillors resulted in a vote which went 7:2, and 2 abstentions, in favour of the SHMA Adjustment model. If you like, this is a recommendation to Exec. Board for 52,000 houses.

If Exec Board approves, this will move forward in the CS Selective Review and go to city-wide consultation during January / February 2018.

It was stressed that the housing target NOW, remains at 70,000 and that the SAP will continue to be tested against this – subject to 2) below. Lower target signals availability of good 5-years land supply.

2). Amendments to the Leeds Site Allocations Plan – further technical work on

housing allocations and safeguarded land and revised timetable

 Paper from Martin Elliot. Link: –

Starts at page 19.

Summary recommendations, which were approved by a majority for recommendation to Executive Board.

Development Plan Panel was invited to: –

  1. Note the update on further technical work on housing and Green Belt and revised

timetable for the hearing sessions of the SAP Examination

  1. Consider the revised approach to Green Belt sites in the Submitted SAP and the

consequent continued allocation of a selection of those sites, alongside the

designation of Broad Locations for the remainder

iii. Recommend to Executive Board that the Submission Draft SAP be amended to

reflect this revised approach and be subject to public consultation prior to

submission to the Secretary of State.

Key points: –

Of the 12,385 houses that were to be allocated on Green Belt GB) land, 5,594 will remain in SAP for allocation from GB. 6,787 houses proposed on GB will be defined as “broad locations” (BL). See table below.

BLs remain in the green belt, but are identified in the SAP as reserved land should it be needed after the first 5 years of the revised plan 2017 -2033.

BLs are loosely defined and can be general areas or site specific says Leeds. Leeds have gone with site specific. This is to best inform the public, they say.

All PAS sites (UDP safeguarded site) become BLs, unless already released for development.

To maximise GB in the “bank” and limit GB for use, some GB sites needs to be advanced in terms of phase. This is from later phases to phase 1. Those sites becoming BLs in phase 1 move to later phases.

Summary of sites can be seen at : –

Starts at page 8.

SAP hearing on housing allocation now programmed for July 2018. This is expected to test the soundness of the revised SAP against 70,000 CS, and it is expected that the BLs will overcome the GB problems re allocating too many GB sites in the light of expected housing target reduction.

Fairness (re individual HMCA house targets and sites) still foremost in considerations. That is, any reductions in housing should be reflected across the whole city and be based on what has already been delivered. When submitted to Exec Board, this table will be extended to prove fairness, but e.g. adding a column that shows planning application approvals in each HMCA.

Table 1: Site Allocations Plan target per HMCA and number of homes needed to remain in each HMCA 

HMCA Target Submission SAP


Allocations on

current UDP Green


45.2% target of

Green Belt land to

remain as housing



54.8% target of GB

to be redesignated


Broad Locations


Aireborough 2,300 972 439 533


City Centre 10,200 0 0 0
East 11,400 245 111 134
Inner 10,000 0 0 0
North 6,000 1365 617 748
Outer North East 5,000 1974 892 1082
Outer North West 2,000 152 69 83
Outer South 2,600 1634 738 895
Outer South East 4,600 2595 1172 1422
Outer South West 7,200 2456 1109 1346
Outer West 4,700 992 448 544
Total 66,000 12,385 5,594 6,787


3). Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2017

 Paper from Matthew Brook / Kathryn Holloway. Link: –

Starts at page 33.

Summary recommendations, the least contentious item on the agenda, which was approved by majority. The committee agreed to publish the full report, which starts on page 43 from the link above.

DPP was requested to note: –

  1. This 2017 update of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) has used the Council’s established methodology in accordance with national planning policy and up-to-date interpretation of planning guidance.
  2. The assessment concludes that an improving stock of deliverable land supply exists in Leeds within the context of the strengthening market, recent planning permission activity and ongoing housing growth initiatives.
  3. The Council anticipates that it will be able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply upon the adoption of the Site Allocations Plan, if not sooner pending changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and consequent implications for the housing land supply requirement for Leeds.


Martin Hughes

Chair, Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance

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