The current planning requirements of the Government require councils to maintain up to date evidence on the predicted housing and employment land demands which will need to be allocated in Local Plans. The partnership of local councils across Leicester and Leicestershire have just published the latest assessment for the next 20 years which can be found via the link below.
The findings set a challenge for plans to meet signicantly increasing needs. Around a third of the housing growth demand is generated in the City but the constraints of available sites and land here will mean that a strategic approach will need to be taken to meet the need.
The councils are committed to developing a Strategic Growth Plan to shape sustainable future development of the City and County.
Since the Government abolished Regional Spatial Strategies and sub-regional Structure Plans the Government expects Councils to reconcile critical and sensitive issues around location of development and infrastructure through the ‘Duty to Co-operate’.
Assuming the Government don’t change the system in the Housing and Planning Bill expected to be published in the next few weeks, this report will be one of the most important considerations locally for the development of the City and County for some time.
In November, a new edition of The Quality of Leicester was launched. The book traces the city’s architectural heritage from its origins in the late Iron Age through to the modern day, capturing a fascinating history of social, cultural and economic change. It features hundreds of buildings, as well as streets and parks, highlighting their local importance and exploring the part they have played in shaping the unique character of Leicester. The new book has been written by Michael Taylor, a town planner and building conservation specialist, who wrote the original edition back in 1993. More details available here.
The City Series Lectures
Leicester’s Planning Story – the Past and the Future / Sir Peter Soulsby / Thursday 26th January 2017, 5:30–6:30pm / Attenborough Hall, City Hall, Leicester
300 people enjoyed Sir Peter Soulsby’s presentation on his perspective of Leicester’s planning story at City Hall last night, followed by a lively question and answer session. A film of the event will shortly be available online. Thanks to all who attended and contributed.
PDF of Planning Exhibition Panels available below:
Guide to the History of Planning Exhibition available below:
[Thanks to Justin Webber, Senior Conservation officer at Leicester City Council, and Colin Hyde at the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University for their work on the Exhibition and Guide]