Leeds council cabinet set to vote on city’s long-term development ‘masterplan’

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TWO major planning proposals which will underpin all future development and growth in Leeds are set to go before senior councillors for approval.

The Core Strategy, which will provide a 15-year masterplan for all housing growth and development in the city, will be discussed by Leeds City Council’s executive board next week at Civic Hall. If approved, the plans will be referred to November’s meeting of the full council for the final vote.

If adopted, the Core Strategy - which has been developed in several stages since 2006 - would become the principal planning and development guide for the whole Leeds district.

Its core principles, now approved by a Government inspector, include providing 70,000 new homes in the Leeds district up to 2028 and a strong focus on building on brownfield sites to promote regeneration and protect the greenbelt.

Leader of Leeds City Council councillor Keith Wakefield said: “This is a highly significant step towards making Leeds the best city to live and work in the UK. I am delighted that the Core Strategy can now be taken to executive board and full council for a vote on its adoption.

“The strategy will make a massive difference as it will provide a modern forward-thinking blueprint for all future growth in terms of housing, job creation, development and the economy. It has taken a long time to get to this point involving a lot of people and a lot of hard work, but it needed to be done right and it’s great that we are now almost there.”

The introduction of a new Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments will also be debated by the executive board next week.

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