Leeds unveils future development ideas

Four scenarios for future development in Leeds have been proposed in the city council's core strategy, which was put out for public consultation this week.

Each scenario has been developed in relation to the emerging Yorkshire and Humber regional spatial strategy (RSS). The government has suggested an almost 50 per cent increase in housing for the region to more than 22,000 homes a year between 2008 and 2026, (Planning, 5 October, p3).

The strategy recognises that Leeds will make a substantial contribution. It estimates building rates of 2,700 homes per year between 2007 and 2011 and 4,200 between 2011 and 2021.

But the council would not be drawn into a discussion of specific strategies because the RSS is not finalised. The strategy says: "It is inappropriate to seek to resolve these through the Leeds core strategy in advance of conclusions from the RSS." The consultation is due to close early in December.

The strategy is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.

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