Friday, 10 May 2013

New approach brings more housing to the city

As part of the council’s commitment to deliver more homes to the city, Leeds City Council have approved two applications for land on protected areas of search for small housing developments.

Under the new policy approved by the executive board earlier this year, some small sustainably located protected areas of search land can be released in advance of the final site allocation plan.

The developments located at Fleet Lane in Oulton and Royds Lane in Rothwell will both offer local training and employment opportunities during the construction of the developments with at least 15% of the housing provided being affordable and contributions to the provision of much needed accommodation for older people in the area. Both developments will make a greenspace contributions as well as money being put towards education at both sites.

Both areas in south Leeds offer a small sustainable areas of land, less than 10 hectares in size which are located close to main urban areas.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“As part of our future plans to stimulate the housing market and meet the needs of particular parts of Leeds we have agreed to release some greenfield sites in advance of the LDF site allocations process.

“Our policy of being able to release small sustainably located PAS land for housing development will help assist Leeds in strengthening its supply of deliverable housing land ahead of adoption of the Leeds Site Allocations Development Plan.

“All sites have to be decided on their own merits. In the case of both these sites, it has been determined that they are not required for alternative use and both are less than 10 hectares in size. Having looked at the individual circumstances, including those relating to location and impact, alongside all relevant policies used by the Council, these sites have been approved for development.”

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450


Critical works to Woodhouse Tunnel given go ahead

Council chiefs have given the go ahead to major maintenance and strengthening works to Woodhouse Tunnel on the Leeds Inner Ring Road (IRR).

The work is part of an essential maintenance scheme, which was developed for three key structures on the IRR, all in urgent need of structural repair and strengthening. The Department for Transport has given a commitment to fund up to a maximum of £16.344 million to support the scheme, with the remaining £8.616 million to be funded by Leeds City Council, the Local Transport Plan Fund, The University of Leeds and Leeds NHS Trust.

Woodhouse Tunnel is the final and largest structure included in the scheme, with works to New York Flyover and Lovell Park Bridge now complete.

The proposed works are programmed to start at the end of July to take advantage of the reduced volume of traffic during the summer holiday period. This coincides with the opening of Leeds Arena and appropriate arrangements will be put in place to make sure that the works do not have an adverse effect on traffic management arrangements when events are taking place. Work will be suspended completely when Tour de France comes to the city in July 2014.
A traffic management strategy will be used to minimise disruption to motorists, with the vast majority of work being carried out through the night. Occasional weekend closures will be notified in advance. Work is expected to be completed in 2016.
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development and the economy said:
"The Leeds Inner Ring Road is our most important strategic road and a massive asset to the city and the wider city region, so it is vital that it is kept in good repair.
"With more than 80,000 vehicles travelling through Woodhouse Tunnel every day, it is inevitable that there will be some disruption to traffic whilst this maintenance and strengthening work takes place.
“However, we will keep this to a minimum by carrying out the majority of the work during the night, and I’m sure that commuters and business drivers will understand that this work is necessary to ensure that Leeds Inner Ring Road can continue to play its crucial role in keeping the city moving for many decades to come.”


Additional info
The A58M IRR Essential Maintenance Scheme was developed in 2011, including strengthening and repair work on three of the key structures on the IRR. These were New York Flyover, Lovell Park Bridge and Woodhouse Tunnel. The £25 million scheme was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in a funding bid and in December 2011 was granted ‘programme entry’ status.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Leeds to host BBC Sports Personality of the Year 60th Anniversary


Caption: Last year's winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year Sir Bradley Wiggins collecting the trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge and David Beckham OBE (mandatory image credit to BBC if used)

Leeds will be the host city for the 60th Anniversary BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The star-studded event will take place on Sunday 15 December 2013 at the first direct arena, Leeds, in front of an estimated 12,000-capacity audience.

The 60th edition of the much-loved programme will follow on from the huge success of the 2012 event, where Sir Bradley Wiggins was presented with the famous Sports Personality of the Year trophy by the Duchess of Cambridge and David Beckham, watched on television by over 15 million people.

Devised by Sir Paul Fox in 1954, the first-ever Sports Personality of the Year was held at the Savoy Hotel in London where it was presented by Peter Dimmock. Record-breaking runner Sir Christopher Chataway beat four minute-mile hero Sir Roger Bannister to the award that year as the public voted to crown their first winner.

The coveted trophy has since been won by many of the greats of British sport, including Bobby Moore, Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Daley Thompson, Torvill and Dean, Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Dame Kelly Homes, Andrew Flintoff, Sir Chris Hoy, Jonathan Edwards, Paula Radcliffe and many more.

The show went on the road in 2006, taking in Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Salford and London and to date over 55,000 members of the public have enjoyed spending a spectacular evening with the stars of the sporting year.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards will be held at the new first direct arena this December. Attracting such a prestigious and high-profile event is a fantastic coup not only for the stunning new arena but also for Leeds as we look to become the best city in the UK.

“Together with hosting matches in the Rugby League World Cup in November, the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the amazing Grand D├ępart of the Tour de France next year, this is another wonderful sporting event which we are very proud and excited to be holding.

“It also adds to the strong Olympic legacy here in Leeds as we welcome Britain’s finest sportsmen and women to the city which will hopefully further inspire our young people in particular to be active and fulfil their potential, so we are very much looking forward to it.”

Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport, said:

“We’re thrilled to announce Leeds as the host city for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013. The sporting heritage of the city is outstanding and the new arena will be a great venue from which to celebrate the very best of sport in 2013. The year includes major events such as the World Athletics Championships, the Ashes, Rugby League World Cup and Women’s Euros as well as a packed calendar across all sporting disciplines, so we’re looking forward to another exciting show.”

Full information is available at @BBCSPOTY. Detailed ticket information will be available later on in the year.


For more information please contact:

Leanne Williams
Communications Manager, BBC Sport & Radio 5 live
07714 957095

Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472