Decision pending for Morley’s planning future

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Two major planning proposals which will underpin all future development and growth in the Morley area are set to be put before the city’s councillors for their final approval.

The Core Strategy, which will provide a 15-year masterplan for all housing growth and development in Leeds, and the introduction of a new Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments was to be discussed by the council.

If the executive board gives its approval, the proposals will then be referred to November’s meeting of the full council where they will be voted on being officially adopted by the city.

Both proposals have been developed following an extensive consultation process with the public and all stakeholders, with the final preparation stage being analysis and approval from a Government-appointed inspector and examiner, which has now been received.

If adopted, the Core Strategy, which has been developed in several stages since 2006, would become the principal planning and development guide for the entire Leeds district.

It has come under intense critisism in Morley area with many campaigners believing it could leave the area swamped in unwanted housing.

Leeds City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel Coun Peter Gruen said: “The Core Strategy represents our ambitions for Leeds right through to 2028.

“At each stage of its development, the Core Strategy has been the subject of extensive consultations and it has been illuminating to hear from so many different views.

“This has led us to the position where we are close to having an adopted strategy - a real achievement for Leeds.” For more information on inspector and examiner’s reports visit www.leeds.gov.uk