Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on Headingley’s future as community leaders prepare a planning blueprint for the town.
Members of Headingley Neighbourhood Forum are currently working on a Neighbourhood Plan, which gives communities the power to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built.
This plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take some action.
This Saturday, March 7, they will host a drop-in workshop for anyone who lives and works in Headingley to help choose the local priorities including housing, community facilities, green space, travel and economy. Richard Tyler, forum secretary, said once the plan is officially ‘adopted’ - hopefully next year - its planning policies will be as important as those at a city and national level. He said: “That’s why we have to do a lot consultation - to make sure we have local support. Headingley is a community which has strong roots. We’ve got maybe six to eight community associations. We face tremendous pressures in from people passing through - short-term students and also traffic - and this plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take some action to address those challenges.”
Options in the plan currently include: prioritising housing for families and long-term residents; not supporting any more student residences; designing more local green spaces; promoting shops in the town centre and making Headingley more child-friendly with the provision of more play facilities.
Mr Tyler said: “There are other neighbourhood plans being developed in other parts of Leeds but we are one of the few that are in inner city”
He added: “A lot of people have written in saying that this is a great opportunity for Headingley and they are looking forward to it coming to fruition.”
The drop-in workshop will be at HEART cafe on Bennet Road from 10am to 4pm.