Residents can help shape Leeds town’s future

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Residents are being urged to help shape their leafy Leeds suburb’s future.

Thousands of leaflets have been distributed in Horsforth to encourage residents to influence future development on their doorsteps.

Officials from Leeds City Council are currently looking at sites across the city to provide thousands of new homes over the next 15 years.

They have drawn up a Strategic Land Housing Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to earmark hundreds of plots of land that could be potentially build up to 66,000 new homes across Leeds.

Horsforth Town Council is calling on locals to shape their community and say which land could be used for housing and what land should be preserved as part of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Martin Hughes, who chairs Horsforth Town Council’s Environment and Community Committee, said it was vital the community helps to shape its future.

He said: “Now is the time to get involved.

“Every one needs to take part because it’s a matter of having the right amount of force behind the arguments.

“There’s a total of 30 sites in Horsforth and we have spent the last 20 years protecting it but now developers are turning to Horsforth.

“Horsforth will lose its character.”

Sites that residents are being asked to consider the suitability of potential development include Riverside Mill, Broadway field, Hunger Hills and Corn Mill Fold.

Other sites, which people are being asked to comment on, include the former Horsforth Police Station and the site of the former St Joseph’s care home.

Residents are also being asked to say what sites of land should be preserved for future generations.

Submitted questionnaires should be completed and returned to the town council by Thursday, March 21.

For more information about the questionnaire visit Horsforth Town Council’s website at: www.horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk or contact 0113 2580988.

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