Monday, 7 October 2013

Examination of city growth masterplan underway

A public examination of Leeds City Council’s masterplan for all future planning, development, housing and growth in the city is underway.

The examination, heard by a government-appointed planning inspector, will debate all aspects of the council’s Core Strategy which will guide all development in the city over the next 15 years.

It will be heard daily starting at Leeds Civic Museum before moving on to Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall and is expected to last at least for two weeks. The examination is the latest in a lengthy process which it is hoped will result in the strategy being ratified early in the new year.

Extensive public consultation has already taken place into the strategy, which will oversee all other planning, development, housing and growth guidelines and documents to be worked to in Leeds up to 2028. A key element of the strategy will be guiding how the city can provide up to 70,000 new homes in that period.

The core principles guiding the strategy are:

- An agreement to build more houses to address housing need
- A need for significant proportion of new affordable housing
- A strong focus on building on brownfield sites first, in order to promote regeneration and protect the greenbelt
- Fairness across the city, in terms of all parts of the city accepting some new housing
- Respecting and retaining community identities and character, rejecting possible suburban sprawl
- For development to be phased across the strategy up to 2028, evenly spread and in a sustainable way
- Infrastructure of services around new developments, such as schools and health services to also be carried out in a manageable and sustainable way

The examiner will hear from representatives of the council as well as community groups, developers and individuals to give their views on aspects of the proposed strategy.

One of those to address the examiner with an overview statement on Tuesday 8 October will be Leeds City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services Councillor Peter Gruen, who said:

“I am very pleased to be able to address the examiner on behalf of the council and explain the key principles behind the Core Strategy. I cannot overstate the importance of getting this strategy right as once finalised it will be the key guide to all development and growth in Leeds for the next 15 years.

“The focus of the strategy is to provide a way in which Leeds can continue to develop and grow as a major UK city to meet the needs of all residents both now and into the future. The balancing act is to ensure we do that in a fair and sustainable way, protecting what is unique about Leeds as a city in terms of its character but also allowing for vital new growth and regeneration. Utilising our brownfield areas to benefit our existing communities is very important.

“Housing is rightly a key element of the strategy which a lot of people are concerned about, but as long as we can agree there is an acceptance that all parts of the city take their share of new housing and especially affordable housing it can be managed in a fair and sustainable way.”

To find out more about the Core Strategy and the public examination, visit and search for Core Strategy.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Programme for Leeds International Film Festival revealed

Caption: More than 130 feature films will be showcased as part of the 27th Leeds International Film Festival.

A highly-anticipated sci-fi movie featuring two of Hollywood’s biggest stars will open this year’s 27th Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF27).

Two special 3D screenings of ‘Gravity’ featuring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock will take centre stage as part of the festival’s opening gala at the Everyman Leeds Cinema located in Trinity Leeds on Wednesday 6 November.

Previewed in Leeds two days before its official release on November 8, ‘Gravity’ tells the story of a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with a veteran astronaut before disaster strikes.

Also featuring in the programme as part of the LIFF27 Official Selection category, will be some of the most acclaimed films of the year. These include Cannes Palme D’Or winner ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, outstanding Romanian drama ‘Child’s Pose’, Alexander Payne’s latest movie ‘Nebraska’ and a rare screening of Gyórgy Pólfi’s unique ‘Final Cut: Ladies and Gentleman’.

The work of animator and avant-gardist Walerian Borowczyk and Masaki Kobayashi will also be celebrated, and they will be joined in the LIFF27 Retrospectives category by a series of European catalyst films, ranging from Luchino Visconti’s ‘Ossessione’ to Cristi Puiu’s ‘Stuff and Dough’.

As has become tradition, the very best of cult cinema will also be showcased as part of Fanomenon. On offer to fans will include the UK premiere of South Korean action blockbuster ‘Cold Eyes’, and a unique presentation of the complete animated ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’ films. The Leeds Town Hall will also be the host to a number of timeless classics, including ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Jaws’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

Budding filmmakers will also have the opportunity to showcase their work, as over 80 short films by new talent will be judged by a five member international jury in the Short Film City category.

Held from 6 November to 21 November, more than 130 feature films, over 130 short films and nearly 250 screening events will be held as part of the Leeds International Film Festival.

For more details on listings of all feature films and events, please see: /

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"The programme for the 27th Leeds International Film Festival really is fantastic, and it is brilliant that two special 3D screenings of one of Hollywood’s most anticipated films ‘Gravity’ will be held as part of this year’s official opening,

"With nearly 250 screenings throughout the festival, this is a great opportunity to see the very best that the world has to offer in film and cinema right here in our city."

Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival said:

"Not only will the 27th Leeds International Film Festival screen a vast and diverse selection of films from more than 50 countries, the North’s largest film event will also showcase some of the best venues in the city.

"From the event’s central hub at Leeds Town Hall and the historic Hyde Park Picture House, to the brand new Everyman venue and popular Vue Cinemas, the Film Festival is a citywide celebration of cinema."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578