North Leeds: Vision statement for Headingley’s future

Planning blueprint: Richard Tyler, secretary of Headingley Neighbourhood Forum, which has created a draft neighbourhood plan.
Planning blueprint: Richard Tyler, secretary of Headingley Neighbourhood Forum, which has created a draft neighbourhood plan.
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A planning blueprint which aims to ‘rebalance’ Headingley’s heavy student population has taken a major step forward.

After 18 months of hard work, the Headingley Neighbourhood Forum has now put together its draft ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ - a vision statement for the suburb’s future - which, once rubber-stamped, will be a guideline for planning policy.

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Currently, two thirds of Headingley’s population are students but a key element of the plan is now to encourage the development of family-friendly houses and oppose any further multi-occupancy homes or student flats.

Richard Tyler, forum secretary said: “It doesn’t guarantee Headingley will get better but it does guarantee that it will get no worse.

“Headingley is changing at the moment, because of the purpose-built student accommodation going up in the city centre, it’s siphoning off student demand from Headingley. But we want to create a planning context which is encouraging and supportive for families and resistent to transient accommodation so that as Headingley changes, it will change to become a more balanced community.” He added: “Our team has put an awful lot of effort into Headingley Neighbourhood Plan so far - over 5,000 leaflets delivered, nearly 300 organisations contacted. So it’s great that all the feedback we received is now in a draft document.”

A public meeting has been organised - for anyone who lives or works in Headingley - tomorrow night, Tuesday October 6, at Headingley Parish Hall, at 7pm, to gather feedback on the draft before it is then revised and put forward for formal consultation.

It is hoped the final plan will be delivered to Leeds City Council by spring next year.

Visit http://www.headingleyneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/plan/structure-and-themes. To contact the forum, email info@headingleyneighbourhoodplan.org.uk

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