Leeds City Council is urging residents, businesses, and other interested parties to share their opinions in the final round of consultation on the Local Plan Update. This concluding phase outlines fresh and revised planning policies designed to assist the council in fulfilling its climate emergency commitments.

This third consultation stage represents the ultimate stage before the Leeds Local Plan Update is presented to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities for an independent examination by a planning inspector.

During the preceding consultation period, which spanned from October to December 2022, there was a positive response to the proposals. Many residents and local businesses recognised the benefits of updated planning policies focused on constructing low carbon developments, safeguarding nature and biodiversity, and preparing for the challenges posed by climate change.

However, concerns were raised by the development industry regarding the feasibility of implementing the proposed policies for net zero carbon developments from the plan’s initial adoption.

The council has thoroughly taken into account both the support received and the concerns voiced. They are suggesting a variety of alterations to the proposed Local Plan policies to address some of the apprehensions.

These adjustments involve advocating for a brief transition period for the ambitious policy on net zero buildings. This would grant the construction industry until January 2027 to adapt to new building methods and technology while still prioritising energy efficiency and renewable energy production.

The proposed transition period will be a key focus of the latest consultation round. Nevertheless, comments are also sought on the suggested amendments to policies covering the five main areas: carbon reduction, flood risk, green and blue infrastructure, placemaking, and sustainable infrastructure.

Speaking about the Local Plan Update consultation Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said; “The Local Plan Update will play a key role in meeting our climate emergency commitments, shaping our city’s planning policies for the long term, to help Leeds on that critical journey to becoming carbon neutral.

“It is really pleasing to see the amount of positive engagement with the previous consultation reflecting how engaged our city is with meeting the climate challenge. These policies will ensure that Leeds does all it can to mitigate carbon through new development and prepare our local communities for wetter winters and warmer summers.

“I welcome this latest round of consultation that seeks further feedback prior to the plan being submitted for review and I would urge everyone to have their say.”

Share your thoughts

The Local Plan Update pre-submission changes consultation will be open from Monday 30 October until Monday 11 December 2023.

You can find details of the consultation, including the online response survey, in the ‘Introduction and Have your Say’ section on our website: www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu

Residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can also share their views via email and post:

Email us your views, or any questions, to lpu@leeds.gov.uk

If you have questions or require further guidance, you can reach us by phone at (0113) 3787993

Write to us at Leeds Local Plan Update Consultation, Policy & Plans Group, Merrion House, 9th Floor East, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BB.

For more information and to share your opinions, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu.