Leeds: New lobbying group created to help shape Kirkstall in the future

Kirkstall forge.
Kirkstall forge.
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a new campaign group set up to help shape future development in the Kirkstall area of Leeds has been officially recognised.

The Kirkstall Neighbourhood Area and Forum will be made up of local groups and residents, and already has a membership of 66, made up of 59 residents, four businesses and local ward councillors.

It is the latest in series of groups created under the powers of the Localism Act 2011.

The act gives local communities a new right to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan which could decide where new development takes place, what it looks like and other issues that are locally important.

A report approving the official designation of the Kirkstall group, following a six week consultation period, says that the application is “strong”.

It adds that since the introduction of neighbourhood planning in April 2012, there has been an “increased level” of interest both in the city and nationally. In Leeds, 33 Neighbourhood Areas have been designated and 10 new neighbourhood forums have been set up in Holbeck, Garforth, Adel, Oulton & Woodlesford, Aireborough, Headingley, Beeston, Seacroft, Hyde Park and Carlton.

Each area designation includes costs, with £5,000 provided to the council by the Department of Communities and Local Government.