15-year plan for 50,000 new Leeds homes moving a step closer

PIC: Simon Hulme
PIC: Simon Hulme
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A 15-year plan to build more than 50,000 new homes in Leeds is one step closer after council decision-makers met this week.

Plans for a review into Leeds City Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy, which decides where and when new homes should be built in the city, were discussed at two meetings yesterday.

The authority looks likely to back plans for a target of more than 50,000 new homes to be built in the district by 2033.

The local plan proposes that between 15 and 35 per cent of new builds be affordable housing in outer areas of the city, but the figure drops to only seven per cent for inner-city areas.

The government has given each local authority a target of how many houses it needs to build over a set period of time.

Leader of Leeds City Council’s Conservatives group Coun Andrew Carter (Con, Calverley and Farsley) told the panel: “We preferred a housing requirement based on the government’s figure – this remains our position, and we will be promoting this figure.”

The panel voted to recommend the review to the council’s executive committee.

Councillors were invited to comment on the plans at the Infrastructure, Investment and Inclusive Growth scrutiny board. A decision by the executive board will be made on Wednesday, June 27, when it is expected to be sent to full council for final approval.