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Community campaigners debate with planners and developers at Leeds Planning Network event

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Planning practitioners, house-builders and community members debated the balance between environmental sustainability and development, at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on Tuesday 1 March.

Over fifty people took part in this cutting-edge twilight Master Class event which featured the latest research and critical comment on the impact of five years of neighbourhood planning. Many community groups from Leeds got the chance to engage with developers and with planning professionals to tackle the challenges of sustainable development.

There is a real buzz about these Master Class events that aim to get under the skin of the tough decisions about planning and housing and community. This is the second exceptional event in a new strand of academic enterprise led by Leeds Planning Network, a research cluster funded by the School of the Built Environment and Engineering and run through the Centre for Knowledge Exchange.

Prof Gavin Parker, from the School of Real Estate and Planning at University of Reading presented the latest research on neighbourhood planning to community groups. They also got key tips from independent examiner Alyson Linnegar, while Paul Butler, former head of planning at Barratt Homes Yorkshire promoted the benefits of house-building in promoting sustainable growth. This was an opportunity for communities to learn from professionals but to make their views known too in a lively exchange of knowledge and experience. Many of the community groups taking part were already benefiting from the assistance and support of planning lecturers at Leeds Beckett, and this Master Plan event will feed into Leeds Planning Networks series of workshops for neighbourhood planning groups.



The evening’s presentations are reproduced at the ISSU link below and a selection of audience tweets and images from the event can be viewed at the Storify link at the end of this press release.


The next Leeds Planning Network Master Class will be on the Future for Affordable Housing on Thursday 17 March where the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and chief executive of Incommunities, Bradford’s premier social housing provider, will speak, alongside development chiefs from Harrogate Borough Council, and Connect Housing, the West Yorkshire community housing association. Details at the following link.


Leeds Planning Network announce March Housing and Planning masterclasses on development and affordable housing

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Leeds Planning Network based at Leeds Beckett University are pleased to announce the details of our next two planning masterclasses taking place on 1st and 17th March respectively.


Neighbourhood Planning: Impact on Development

Tuesday 1st March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

Update and analysis on neighbourhood planning, including impact on house-building and innovation in planning policy. Speakers include Phil Crabtree,  Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies at University of Reading, Paul Butler, Director of PB Planning and former Head of Planning for the Yorkshire Region, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.


What is the future for affordable housing?

Thursday 17th March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

As housing subsidies are redirected to Starter Homes, councils face the forced sale of homes in high value areas, housing associations prepare for right to buy, and tenants see the end of security of tenure, we ask key practitioners to give us their vision of the future for affordable housing. Speakers include Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher, Geraldine Howley – President of Chartered Institute of Housing, Chief Executive of Incommunities, Jenny Wood – Principal Housing Development Officer, Harrogate Borough Council and Martyn Broadest – Director of Regeneration, Connect Housing. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.

Upbeat community planners thank Leeds Beckett for practical help

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More than fifty volunteers from Leeds communities took part in an upbeat and enthusiastic neighbourhood planning workshop organised by Leeds Beckett University’ School of the Built Environment & Engineering on 30 January. They worked together to shape a vision for their communities helped by practical tips on plan-making and design from the university’s planning and housing lecturers. This was the second event in a programme of activities in which Leeds Beckett puts the skills and knowledge of its staff at the service of neighbourhoods in Leeds. Feedback from the workshop was unanimously positive and delegates went away with fresh ideas on how to deal with the thorny issues they face in the community.

Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Sixty communities in Leeds, and many others across Yorkshire, are setting out a vision for how their local community will develop. They need technical assistance and expert advice to do this neighbourhood plan. Leeds Beckett is making sure they get the help they need.” The workshop was organised by Leeds Planning Network, one the new research clusters set up by the School of the Built Environment and Engineering supported by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange.

Delegates heard from Jeff Newton and John Steel, community volunteers in Boston Spa who are in the final stages of their neighbourhood plan. They talked about their innovative new designs for the high street and plans for a renewable energy scheme. Jeff and John stressed that plan-making was hard work but they were enthusiastic about the future and the improvements they wanted for their village (see their presentation below).

Detailed guidance on the legal aspects of plan-making was given by Bob Pritchard, specialist planning lawyer and guest lecturer at Leeds Beckett. He spelled out what a neighbourhood plan could achieve and what should go in it. This was vital information for delegates learning to write planning policy that will guide development in their community over the next twenty years (see his presentation below).

Following this, there were three discussion groups each focusing on themes requested by delegates at the previous workshop. Will Sparling, PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett gave help to inner-city communities working together on common problems. Planning lecturer, Harvey Pritchard gave advice on planning for infrastructure, while Jenny Fisher, principle urban designer for Leeds City Council helped delegates work on improving the look and feel of their neighbourhoods. Delegates were full of praise for the Leeds Beckett event and gave the organisers many more ideas for future workshops.

Copy of Leeds City Council “Neighbourhood Planning & Design Issues” Document to download

The next neighbourhood planning workshop is 16 April 2016 but in the mean time Leeds Planning Network will be holding two planning masterclass events on Tuesday 1st March (Details here)  and Thursday 17th March (Details here


University workshop helps Leeds neighbourhoods plan their future

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Around 40 people from neighbourhood planning groups across Leeds took part in Leeds Beckett University’s first workshop on 7 November where the University’s planning lecturers put their expertise at the service of local communities.

The workshop was organised by Leeds Planning Network and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and gave neighbourhood planning groups an opportunity to share experiences, discuss common issues and devise solutions and get the advice of experts.  Almost 20 neighbourhood groups were represented at the event, from both urban and rural areas, including those just setting out to plan their community’s future.

Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Neighbourhood planning allows community groups and parish councils to shape the look and feel of their local areas and set the ground-rules for new development. This workshop was the first in a series of events in which Leeds Beckett planning staff aim to help local people in Leeds influence the future of their neighbourhoods.”

Participants at the workshop learned from Jill Bolton, from Linton parish council who now have a finished neighbourhood plan and are ready to submit it to popular referendum. Dawn Carey Jones, from Hyde Park explained how their neighbourhood plan aims to protect local green space and help improve the image of the area.  Doug Morley and John Urwin, from the Kippax neighbourhood plan, told how they consulted the community and kept public interest in the plan-making process. Howard Bradley talked of the challenges facing the Seacroft neighbourhood in shaping the future of their area.



Many common themes were identified, especially the length of time needed to draw up a plan and the difficulty in keeping local volunteers engaged. There are also key issues that neighbourhood planning cannot deal with. But participants agreed that neighbourhood plans should set out the community’s hopes and ambitions and make it clear what local people think. The neighbourhood plan-making process helps bring everyone together in a shared vision and it is a unique opportunity for local people to influence their communities.

A selection of the best images, tweets and comments from Saturday’s event can be found in the storify below. Copies of the speakers presentations can also be found underneath the storify.

The network’s next event will be our planning masterclass on Thursday 19th November. This event will give an overview of the housing policy including how housing delivery targets are set, sites allocated and how conflict and consensus are managed. With perspectives from the politicians, planners and house builders this is a unique opportunity to hear from decision makers about the negotiations that go to make up a local housing development plan, and to discuss house-building in Leeds and the Council’s standard for housing. Further details and booking can be found at the following link

Storify from 7th November Neighbourhood Planning Workshop



Hyde Park Neighbourhood Plan Presentation

Linton Neighbourhood Plan Presentation


Leeds Planning Network is developing new research and enterprise in spatial planning and housing for the School of the Built Environment & Engineering. Its services enhance Leeds Beckett University’s suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in town planning, housing, regeneration and urban management.

University planning experts to help neighbourhoods shape their future

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Planning experts at Leeds Beckett University will be working with community groups across Leeds to help them shape the look and feel of the places they live.

In a series of workshops, Leeds Beckett’s planning department within the School of Built Environment will be working with neighbourhoods to help them plan their future and have a say in the development decisions that affect them. The workshop series is free for neighbourhood planning groups in Leeds.


The first workshop will be held on Saturday 7 November at Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane from 10am onwards and will showcase the experiences of neighbourhood planning groups in the city on the theme of ‘turning your ideas into reality’. The workshop will start with presentations from groups in Leeds at an advanced stage in neighbourhood planning followed by small group workshops to encourage communities to learn from each other and share experiences.

Planning lecturers and practitioners will be on hand to provide ideas and advice on policy, planning law and development plans and to point groups in the best direction. The workshop will highlight what it is possible to achieve through neighbourhood planning and suggest other options available to communities to help them meet their goals.

Hosting the workshop is Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing, Dr. Quintin Bradley. He said “This is an opportunity for academics at Leeds Beckett University to lend our expertise and experience and help local communities plan their future. We can provide impartial advice that neighbourhoods can draw on to help them realise their ideas. This is the first of a series of workshops that will deal with the core practical issues facing neighbourhoods and planning experts will be on hand to give help where it’s needed most.”

Speakers confirmed so far include:-

Jill Bolton – Linton Neighbourhood Plan,

John Unwin / Doug Morley – Kippax Neighbourhood Plan

Dawn Carey Jones – Hyde Park Neighbourhood Plan

Howard Bradley – Seacroft Neighbourhood Plan

Bookings can be made via the eventbrite page at the following link


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