Leeds housing vision is at crucial point

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A long term housing masterplan for Leeds has reached a crucial point in its journey - and communities are urged to have their say NOW on shaping the future look of their neighbourhoods.

The city is aiming to build 66,000 new homes by 2028 to meet growing need, and a final round of public consultation - which council bosses hope will be their biggest ever - starts next week.

Starting on Tuesday and running for eight weeks, the consultation- - dubbed ‘Your city, Your plan’ - is calling for people’s views on housing, as well as employment, retail and green space.

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The preferred locations of the 66,000 planned homes, detailed in two hefty documents produced by Leeds City Council, have been finalised during many months of intense high-level talks and following an earlier consultation and preparation phase.

Both plans are now at advanced stages, ready for a final round of public feedback. A series of drop-in sessions will now take place around the city, with the first on Tuesday from 2pm to 8pm at Leeds Civic Hall.

As previously reported in the YEP, the council’s Site Allocation Plan splits the Leeds district into 11 geographical housing areas with the new homes to be developed in three phases across all 11 areas.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, councillor Richard Lewis, said: “These plans are the keys to realising the city’s commitment to regeneration and providing new homes and jobs. Seeking and considering people’s views meaningfully is a fundamental part of this process, so I would encourage as many people as possible to tell us what they think.”

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