In a bid to meet the demand for residential property in Leeds, Leeds City Council plans to have 66,000 new homes built, across 763 individual sites in all areas of the city, over the next 13 years.
All 11 areas of Leeds will be allotted a minimum of 3% of the share of new developments. However, the city centre and the inner city areas (Gipton/Harehills, Armley, Belle Isle, Beeston Hill, Hyde Park/Woodhouse, Hunslet, Seacroft) will take the highest proportion, with a total of 34.5% (approximately 23,000).
The council say that they have focused on giving preference to brownfield land, with 62% of development sites based in previously developed areas. However, 20% of the developments have been earmarked for green belt land.
Some campaigners have been critical of the high number proposed, voicing concerns that there could be a shortfall in infrastructure funding from the government. The council have said, though, that ensuring the correct infrastructure is in place to support the new developments was of key concern to them.
The proposals are to be debated by a senior planning panel next week, before being presented to the council’s cabinet in February, followed by a six-week public consultation. So far, public reaction is mixed.