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VICARS COURT SURVEY 25/9/21
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL AND OUR WARD COUNCILLORS
FUTURE OF VICARS COURT
5th September 2021
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
- The Vicars Court site has now been vacated, secured and officially handed back to Leeds City Council who will manage the site in void.
- Leeds City Council will look to undertake an ‘expression of interest’ exercise over the next 6 months to establish local interest in the site and explore future use.
- The terms of any future tenancy of the site will be determined by the interest that comes forward.
This process presents the opportunity for proposals from the community to run the building to come forward.
Such a proposal would require the establishment of a constituted group with a board of trustees and a viable business plan to account for the practical and financial management of the building going forwards.
ALLERTON BYWATER PARISH COUNCIL
Everyone keeps telling us they do not want to lose the facility, if the community does not step up to the mark that is exactly what will happen.
The village has an opportunity to come up with a plan to put forward to Leeds City Council to keep the building in community hands.
THIS WILL NEED A GROUP OF DEDICATED AND COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS TO COME TOGETHER AND AGREE A WORKABLE PROPOSAL TO RUN THE BUILDING INDEPENDENTLY FROM LEEDS CITY COUNCIL FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.
If a plan does not come forward then the Council will look at other options for the use of the building, which could include the disposal of it.
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 - Regulation 18
LEEDS LOCAL PLAN UPDATE: SCOPING DOCUMENT FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION
The City Council has published, for comment, an early scoping1 document for the Leeds Local Plan Update (LPU). The Leeds Local Plan sets out the authority's approach to planning policy and new development across the district over the next decade and beyond. This will be an 8 week public consultation period starting on Monday 19 July and finishing on Monday 13th September 2021.
The draft Local Plan Update is titled ‘Your Neighbourhood, Your City, Your Planet’. It is not intended to deal with all planning issues, and will focus on ways we can shape planning policy to reduce our city’s impact on the environment and help achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The draft plan is based around five topic areas:
• Carbon reduction - changing the way buildings are built, and how we generate renewable energy.
• Flood risk - making our communities resilient to the impact of flooding, one of the most direct impacts of climate change that Leeds faces.
• Green infrastructure - making the most of our green spaces and natural environment, to help improve the health and well-being of our citizens.
• Place-making – guiding new development to places that offer the best opportunities for active travel and public transport, health & well-being and making the best use of communities’ assets to create ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ where people want to live, work and play.
• Sustainable infrastructure – integrating low emissions transport and improved digital connectivity, helping reduce journeys by car.
The dedicated and accessible website www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu will be home to all the information contained within the draft Local Plan. This includes separate sections for the different topic areas, which are available in long read and “5 min read” formats. A PDF version of the document will also be available on the website.
The consultation will be carried out in accordance with the Interim Statement of Community Involvement. The Council’s consultation activity will be online with all consultation material being made available at www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu
This means people can read the whole draft plan or just the areas that are of interest, and can contribute their views using our online surveys whether they have read the documents in detail or having read a shorter, more summarised version. You will also be able to access consultation material at Libraries and Community Hubs as well as the Council’s Main Office at Merrion House.
Over the coming weeks, members of the Council’s Planning team will also be hosting a series of webinars so people can find out more about the draft Local Plan and its individual topics. The details are available online at www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu
This is an important piece of work, and it is crucial that we hear from everybody that wants to comment on our plan, making sure we gather the views of as many people, businesses and stakeholders as possible so the comments gathered represent varied views from all people across the city.
1 this falls under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
People can also have their say on the Local Plan update by using the online response form through the website www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu, alternatively emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to:
Leeds Local Plan Update Consultation, Policy & Plan Group, Merrion House, 9th Floor East, 110 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BB.
This initial scoping consultation on the draft Local Plan update will run until Monday 13 September, and is the first stage in the process. We will continue to seek people's views as we progress, so that we can develop an updated Local Plan which represents the ambitions of our city as a whole.
The next stage known as “Publication” will set out proposed draft policies which will be subject to public consultation in Spring 2022. Taking account of all comments received the Plan will then be subject to examination in public by an independent Inspector before it can be adopted by the Council.
Unless you specify otherwise, if you make a representation, we will notify you of future stages (including further public consultation).
Please let us know if you have any requirements in terms of alternative formats or languages and we will make arrangements to make sure your views are registered2.
If you are unable to access the consultation material online please contact us on 0113 37 87993 or write to us a: email@example.com
To see the Draft Site Allocation Plan for our area.
Please click on the link above.