Leeds City Council told to conduct full review of Green Belt

An examination of Leeds Core Strategy has resulted in Leeds City Council being directed to conduct a full review of the Leeds Green Belt.

Bob May, Director, Turley Associates in Leeds explains:

“The Core Strategy was independently examined in October last year, and a significant level of housing growth is planned in the City over the period to 2028.

“To reduce the pressure on the release of greenfield and Green Belt land, the Council had proposed a phased approach for housing, the justification being the economic downturn. The Core Strategy, therefore, proposed a ‘selective’ Green Belt review.”

The Planning Inspector, however, yesterday (10 February 2014) published its ‘Main Modifications’ to the proposed Core Strategy and these dictate that a full review of the Green Belt should now take place for reasons of “clarity and effectiveness and to reflect evidence”.

Bob adds:

“The seemingly minor changes to the wording of Spatial Policy 10 open up significant possibilities for landowners and developers in the Leeds Green Belt. Not only will a wider review of the Green Belt take place, potential housing and employment sites can now be ‘unrelated to the Main Urban Area, Major Settlements and Smaller Settlements’ providing they are in ‘sustainable locations’.

“The Main Modifications will be formally advertised in March 2014, which will then provide an opportunity to make comments for the Inspector to consider, and will be sure to generate much debate.”