A masterplan that will provide a blueprint for development for huge swathes of land in Leeds has reached the final stages.
The Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP), which has been in development for more than a decade, is a planning framework for the regeneration of 400 hectares of land.
And councillors on Wednesday voted to approve the final draft of the plan to be sent to the government for the final seal of approval at a full council meeting on Wednesday.
The Aire Valley area extends from Leeds City Centre south east to the M1 and beyond, and includes the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone and the South Bank of the city centre.
Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, told the meeting: “It’s a plan that has been developed over many years.
“In many ways it offers a blueprint for the rest of the city. It is heartily recommended.”
A report to the meeting said that, when approved by councillors this week, the draft AVLAAP will be submitted to the government.
It will then be examined by an independent inspector and, if approved, formally adopted by the council.
The plan would guide all future development in the area up to 2028, including new housing, job creation, economic development, regeneration, green spaces, schools, community and leisure facilities and improved transport links to connect the area to the city centre and surrounding communities. It includes more than 400 hectares of mostly previously developed sites, providing up to 7,950 new homes and 250 hectares for future employment use.
Councillor Stewart Golton told the meeting he hoped the plan would create skilled jobs.
He said: “We want this to be a real flow of job creation in the city but we do need them to be the right jobs.”
The AVLAAP will form part of the council’s Local Plan,