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Leeds City Council told to carry out 'full review' of green belt as housing demand grows

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Leeds City Council told to carry out full review of green belt as housing demand grows Leeds City Council told to carry out full review of green belt as housing demand grows

Leeds City Council has been told to carry out a full review of its green belt policy to help the area cope with housing demand.

An independent planning inspector yesterday published modifications to the city's proposed core strategy recommending that a review of the council's green belt policy take place for reasons of "clarity and effectiveness and to reflect evidence".

Commenting on the announcement, Bob May, director of planning consultants Turley Associates, said: “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.”

Bob May 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.”

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