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South Bank Regeneration Framework Plan

Consultation has now started on the draft South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework Supplementary Planning Document, including the proposed Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan.

The questionnaire to have your say on the proposals can be found below.

Redeveloping the South Bank area of Leeds will be the biggest change the city has seen in more than a hundred years. We aim to double the economic impact of Leeds city centre by transforming South Bank into a distinctive global destination for investment, sustainable living, learning, creativity and leisure.

We thank all of those who engaged and took part in last year's South Bank, Leeds consultation, which ran from August till December 2016. Feedback and comments have shaped the updated South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework.

Since the previous consultation, the document has gone through a number of governance processes to become a Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which now includes a vision for the future redevelopment of Leeds Station. The SPD will form planning guidance for the whole of South Bank. Once formally adopted by Leeds City Council, the SPD will be a consideration in the determination of planning applications and the delivery of infrastructure in the area.

The SPD can be downloaded below.

As part of this, we would like to again hear your views on the newest form of the draft document; including any comments relating to the Leeds Station masterplan. This next public consultation period began on the 8th of November, running until the 20th of December.

Complete the Questionnaire

Have your say in our consultation by:

Completing this questionnaire

Emailing us at southbank@leeds.gov.uk

Visiting us at our public drop ins

As part of the consultation period, Leeds City Council are running a number of public drop ins during which the public can learn more about the document, ask any questions they may have and provide feedback. The dates and locations of these drop ins are:

• Monday 13th November, 3pm – 6pm, Leeds Station Southern Concourse
• Tuesday 14th November, 3pm - 6pm, The Tetley South Bank Room
• Friday 17th November, 12pm – 3pm, Leeds Station South Entrance escalators
• Wednesday 22nd November, 8:30am – 11:30am, Leeds Station South Entrance escalators
• Monday 27th November, 9am – 12pm, Round Foundry Media Centre Atrium
• Tuesday 28th November, 11am – 2pm, Leeds Station Footbridge
• Wednesday 29th November, 4pm – 7pm, Leeds Station Northern Concourse
• Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 2pm, Leeds Station Southern Concourse
• Thursday 7th December, 3pm – 6pm, Leeds Station Footbridge
• Saturday 9th December, 10:30am – 1:30pm, Dock 29, Leeds Dock

Alternatively to make your voice heard, you can fill out this short response form and email it to southbank@leeds.gov.uk.

A summary of some of the South Bank proposals are contained below.

The regeneration of South Bank, Leeds will be transformational and help redefine the city. In this context, a draft South Bank regeneration framework  has been prepared to drive forward growth in the area. Three months consultation was undertaken on the document between August and December 2016, prompting responses from over 2,200 members of the public and numerous partner organisations, businesses, landowners and other stakeholders. The responses have been considered, analysed and a number of changes have been made. These include strengthening the importance of urban realm, family friendly design features, the waterfront, and culture's role in the regeneration vision. The vision and outcomes for the regeneration of South Bank, Leeds include:

1) Activate the waterfront, making the River Aire, and areas close to it, world-class leisure, events and recreation spaces at the very heart of the city centre. Transforming these areas into places for people of all ages to enjoy through play, leisure and urban design.

2) Creation of a clear movement system: Inner Ring Road > City Boulevard > Pedestrian Precinct and Public Transport Box. This hierarchy will include the transformation of the City Centre Loop to a slower, more pedestrian and cycle friendly City Boulevard. This boulevard will allow for active frontages, landscaping and traffic calming measures.

3) Improving access beyond the Inner Ring Road, with seven new or improved pedestrian and cycle connections into South Bank and the city centre. These connections will come from the east, west and south, including the neighbourhoods of Holbeck, Beeston, Hunslet, Cross Green and Saxton Gardens.

4) Implementation of a sustainable parking strategy, consisting of short stay and limited long stay car parks in and near the South Bank, supported by strategic Park & Ride, with long stay car parks mainly being placed outside the City Boulevard. This will encourage drivers to seek alternative forms of transport to the city centre, creating safer, healthier and more enjoyable city centre environments.

5) Expansion of the pedestrian area, excluding private vehicles to create safe, comfortable and attractive pedestrian environments. There will be easy pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront, developments, pubic spaces and HS2.

6) Creation of a green and blue network consisting of streets, paths, urban spaces and parks that connect the South Bank, the city centre, the River Aire, and local neighbourhoods. As part of this, the new City Centre Park will be a major piece of green infrastructure to serve the area and wider city.

7) Adapting heritage and linking it with existing assets, strengthening the identity and character of the South Bank. The area will boast a heritage network linked clearly through the area.

8) Creating and expanding a series of walkable neighbourhoods which complement each other. This will build upon the existing strengths and clusters such as education around Leeds City College, digital at Leeds Dock, and creative at Holbeck.

9) Improving resilience and sustainability, contributing to the Flood Alleviation Strategy for Leeds and the South Bank. Doing this will ensure safe environments for residents, business and wildlife, and increase the likelihood of investment in the area.

10) Celebrating the culture in the South Bank and making it an integral part of the approach to placemaking. South Bank already has a diverse cultural identity that will be recognised, valued and encouraged, whilst new developments actively encourage new cultural opportunities. This approach has the potential to help deliver the European Capital of Culture 2023 ambition.

Download the draft South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Download the consultation statement