Following the recent Site Allocation Plan Inspection, Stuart was very pleased to hear that treasured Green Belt sites would no longer be consider a ‘Broad Location’ that Leeds City Council could potentially build on in the future, and that these sites marked as ‘Broad Locations’ would be reconsidered individually.
The Council identified a target of 66,000 homes to be built within the Leeds council area by the year 2028. As a result 33 green belt sights were put forward as potential Broad Locations. The Inspectors have now advised the Leeds City Council that the release of land from the Green Belt should only be done in exceptional circumstances and that significant release would not be advised at this stage. Furthermore, the rate of planned growth of houses in Leeds should be reconsidered to fit in line with the Green Belt land protection.
Stuart said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Inspector has agreed with us in their initial review that the Council must listen and not insist on planning on Green Belt sites, regardless of the fierce opposition by my constituents.There is still a long way to go but it’s a step in the right direction and I will continue to apply the pressure as much as I can to protect our Green Belt."