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Site Allocations Plan

Housing proposals January 2015


Media briefing

Site Allocations Plan


Background
The following information is to provide detail as to the proposed location of 66,000 new homes to be
provided in the Leeds district up to 2028, in line with the new Core Strategy for the city.
The proposed allocations include existing Leeds Unitary Development Plan allocations and sites with
current planning permission for housing in addition to a range of new sites. The distribution of housing
seeks to use the most sustainable sites, link new homes to where jobs are, make best use of
infrastructure and where possible avoid the need to release land in the green belt.
The proposed homes are distributed as follows across 11 housing market characteristic areas (HMCA)
in Leeds. Note that percentages are rounded to the nearest 1 and may not add to 100%
HMCA
Aireborough
City centre
East Leeds
Inner Area
North Leeds
Outer North East
Outer North West
Outer South
Outer South East
Outer South West
Outer West
TOTAL

Homes
2,364
11,303
10,034
11,500
5,960
4,943
1,800
2,465
4,045
6,875
4,723
66,012

%
4%
17%
15%
17%
9%
7%
3%
4%
6%
10%
7%

Geographical areas within each HMCA are as follows:


HMCA

Settlements

Aireborough

Guiseley
Rawdon
Yeadon
City centre

City centre
East Leeds

Inner Area

North Leeds

Cross Gates and Whinmoor


Swarcliffe
Cross Green
Colton
Gipton and Harehills
Armley
Beeston Hill
Belle Isle
Hyde Park and Woodhouse
Hunslet
Seacroft
Headingley
Horsforth
Cookridge

Outer North East

Outer North West

Outer South

Outer South East

Outer South West

Outer West

Kirkstall
Adel
Alwoodley
Roundhay
Chapel Allerton
Scarcroft
Wetherby
Harewood
Thorner
Barwick in Elmet
Boston Spa
Bardsey
Collingham
Bramham
Bramhope
Pool-in-Wharefdale
Otley
Rothwell
Oulton
Mickletown
Kippax
Garforth
Allertion Bywater
Morley
Middleton
Beeston
Drighlington
Pudsey
Farsley
Calverley
Rodley
Bramley

Allocations by proportion of proposed new homes per HMCA:


Outer West - 7%
Outer South
West - 10%

Aireborough 4%
City centre - 17%

Outer South East


- 6%

Outer South 4%
East Leeds - 15%

Outer North
West - 3%
Outer North East
- 7%
North Leeds - 9%

Inner Area - 17%

Land types:
A focus of the proposals is on reusing brownfield land to help regenerate the main urban area of Leeds
and avoid loss of greenfield and green belt sites. The different land types are described as follows:
Brownfield Sites previously used for development or housing, or properties which are currently
empty which could be reused or regenerated
Greenfield Previously undeveloped land which has been identified for future potential use
Green belt - An area of open land around a city on which building is restricted to prevent urban sprawl

Proposed new housing by land type (including anticipated windfall and return of
empty homes):

Mixed (BF/GF)
- 2%

Green belt 20%

Greenfield 16%

Brownfield 62%

Distribution by area:
Different housing market areas have different characteristics and opportunities. The distribution of
proposed housing is set out as follows:
Housing Market
Area
Aireborough
City centre
East Leeds
Inner Area
North Leeds
Outer North East
Outer North West
Outer South
Outer South East
Outer South West
Outer West

Sites
32
100
33
138
95
41
21
41
30
117
115
763

Homes
2,364
11,303
10,034
11,500
5,960
4,943
1,800
2,465
4,045
6,875
4,723
66,012

Brownfield%
21%
98%
53%
86%
57%
19%
31%
14%
14%
19%
52%

Greenfield%
7%
2%
38%
11%
8%
16%
60%
19%
22%
39%
18%

Green belt%
66%
0%
9%
0%
31%
65%1
8%
67%
64%
39%
28%

Mixed%
6%
0%
0%
3%
3%
0%
1%
0%
0%
3%
2%

The majority of allocations (40,756 homes) are focused on infill in the main urban area, with a further
5,289 homes proposed as extensions to the main urban area.
Outside of these main areas, the Leeds districts six major settlements (Garforth, Guiseley, Yeadon &
Rawdon, Morley, Otley, Rothwell and Wetherby) account for a further 10,300 homes with 3,553 homes
on infill sites and 6,747 homes as extensions distributed as follows:

Of which 98% is due to Hedley Hall.

New housing proposals for the citys major settlements:

Settlement
Garforth
Guiseley, Yeadon &
Rawdon
Morley
Otley
Rothwell
Wetherby

New homes
Infill
Extension
198
2,314
754
1,213
918
1,248
264
171
3,553

1,182
0
1,517
490
6,716

The districts 19 smaller settlements would accommodate 5,808 homes with 3,310 homes as
extensions to smaller settlements, including East Ardsley and Drighlington, Bramhope, Mickeltown,
Kippax, Allerton Bywater and Robin Hood.
Infrastructure
Under the proposals key strategic housing developments would be linked to early implementation of
associated infrastructure such as the East Leeds Orbital Link Road and other transport improvements,
new school places, cycle ways and key community facilities such as health services.
Leeds City Council has worked with infrastructure and service providers such as schools, health
services and transport planners to ensure new housing growth would be manageable and sustainable.
Phasing of land release
The Plan covers the next 14 years and land will be released in phases. The intention of this process is
for agreed sites to come early in the process and more controversial sites released in the later plan
period.
Green belt
The total amount of green belt proposed to accommodate new homes is 775 hectares. However, the
council is proposing to allocate a large area (1,400 hectares) currently designated as rural land in the
north east of the district as green belt. The consequence of this would be an overall net gain in the
extent of districtwide green belt once the deletions which the council seeks to propose as housing sites
have been deducted from the overall amount.
Next steps:
The proposals will be discussed by Leeds City Councils development plan panel on Tuesday 13
January 2015 and the executive board on February 11th. The Site Allocations Plan will then be drafted
and is scheduled to go out to public consultation later in the year.