A key aspect of the plan is the Vision and the objectives which will help achieve that vision.
Underpinning the entire plan will be the Policies which will, if we are successful, be used as a guide for both developers and planners in shaping future development in Garforth in the years ahead.
With this in mind, we are keen to hear from the community what they feel about our Vision and Objectives and the policy intentions we have.
What follows is a summary of the work done so far to get to this point and 3 sections on which we are now consulting. Section 1 contains our Vision for Garforth in 2033
Section 2 contains the Objectives of our Plan which we hope will help realise the Vision.
Section 3 contains the policy intentions – outline policies – which will be turned into concrete and specific policies once they are finally agreed upon.
We would be really grateful if you could look at the 3 sections and make comments in the spaces provided.
We are keen to ensure that the Plan reflects the concerns and ideas of those who live and work in Garforth and your comments will help shape the final version of our Plan.
Many of you have already helped by responding to surveys. Please continue to support the future of Garforth by giving us your comments. THANK YOU in anticipation!
Towards the end of 2016 the first Draft of the Plan was produced and it has subsequently been revised several times. We now feel we are close to a final draft. Hence our consultation with you.
To see all the work that has been done on the Plan and to read a version of the latest Draft please go to http://www.garforthplan.co.uk
Our town will be surrounded by protected and accessible countryside. We will benefit from excellent public transport links which meet the needs of local people and connect us with our neighbours.
Our town centre will be vibrant and re-invigorated with a broad range of shops and businesses, many of which will be local. Away from the centre, the town’s commercial and industrial areas will be thriving and offering a wide range of jobs.
There will be access to a range of well designed, sustainable homes that meet the needs of all of its people at all stages of life. New developments will be in a high-quality setting with appropriate infrastructure such as parks, schools and leisure facilities designed to benefit the community as a whole.
At the centre of decision making about our town will be a concern with the health and well- being of everyone who lives and works in Garforth. This concern will go beyond mere tokenism and straplines and will aim to ensure that the potential impact on people’s physical and mental health is considered when decisions are being taken about our town.
2.A. Housing and the Built Environment
To provide an inclusive range of different types of homes and a greater range of affordable housing to meet the needs of all residents
To provide sufficient homes to enable young people and families to buy/rent their first and subsequent homes in the town, where children can play outside
To successfully integrate new homes into the town in a way that does not put excessive pressure on the existing physical infrastructure; to ensure specifically that all new developments address issues of drainage and flooding
To ensure all new build housing meets high standards of design and sustainability 2.B. Business and Employment
To create new employment opportunities for local residents whilst protecting existing jobs
To promote job opportunities for school leavers and young people
To create a more active and attractive town centre that will encourage local people to use the facilities, thereby supporting local businesses and provide a hub for the town 2.C. Community, leisure and well-being
To support, improve and maintain existing community facilities and services
To increase the amount of parks, sports facilities and green space within the town and promote healthy and active lifestyles
To protect links between separated areas of public green space and corridors
To protect the green corridor around the town, improve and maintain public access to this area
To protect and enhance biodiversity within green spaces and the surrounding countryside 2.D. Health and Education To support the provision of sufficient primary and secondary school places for all those of school age living within the town
To promote health and wellbeing via opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices within a sustainable environment
To support and encourage the provision of a comprehensive range of primary healthcare facilities within Garforth, with equitable access to health services for all residents.
3.A.1. MEETING LOCAL HOUSING NEED
HOUSING MIX (BEDROOMS): Policy will support the provision of x and y # of bedrooms.
HOUSING TYPE: Policy will support types of housing (smaller / bungalows / ground floor flats / accessibility / starter homes). AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Policy will support the provision of on-site affordable housing (including for rent). If targets are being reviewed, NP will need to be viability tested.
SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING: Policy will support provision of independent living accommodation.
GENERAL DESIGN: Policy will be a generic design policy encouraging development to reflect local character.
CHARACTER AREAS: Policy will identify specific character areas (relating to character assessment see Character Assessment on the website) and require development proposals to demonstrate how they relate to the character of each area. SITE SPECIFICS: Policy will identify site-specific design considerations where there are opportunities to shape development.
GENERAL HERITAGE ASSETS: Policy will require development proposals to demonstrate that due regard has been given to any on-site heritage assets.
NON-DESIGNATED HERITAGE ASSETS – other non- listed buildings and landscape features which are of local importance: Policy will identify non-designated heritage assets for consideration in the planning process.
HERITAGE AT RISK: Policy will identify any heritage assets at risk for funding and regeneration/restoration opportunities.
HERITAGE LANDSCAPE CHARACTER: Policy will encourage development proposals to take account of the landscape character in Garforth.
CYCLE STORAGE: Policy will support / require new development proposals to include the provision of cycle storage (shared or private). ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Policy will support measures to include EV Charging Infrastructure. RESIDENTIAL PARKING: Policy will introduce requirements for how on-site parking provision is to be delivered reflecting the needs of children, pedestrians and cyclists
3.B.1. EMPLOYMENT AND JOB CREATION
EMPLOYMENT LAND: Policy will seek to safeguard existing employment land.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Policy will support use of vacant brownfield sites for employment / mixed use.
NEW EMPLOYMENT: Policy will support proposals for new employment / office space on brownfield sites where sufficient infrastructure is included within the scheme and where there are no adverse impacts on local residential amenity.
CONNECTIVITY TO EMPLOYMENT: Policy will support schemes which include good access to existing networks and public transport provision.
TOWN CENTRE CAR PARKING: Policy will support off-street town centre car park proposals (in / edge of centre)
MIX: Policy will support a diverse retail mix adhering to Leeds City Council’s Core Strategy Policy and aim to minimise the harm caused by over-representation of hot food takeaways (including supporting restaurants, temporary/meanwhile uses & pop-up shops). Policy will also support community-based uses. RESIDENTIAL: Policy will support residential use above ground floor level to encourage a more active town centre.
ACCESSIBILITY: Policy will support measures to improve pedestrian accessibility.
APPEARANCE: Policy will support shop frontage & design improvements (in particular on Victorian units and 70s buildings), planting / landscaping schemes
SITE SPECIFICS: Policy will support proposals for Town End which enhance Town End and the approach to Main Street.
3.C.1. COMMUNITY FACILITIES
SAFEGUARDING EXISTING COMMUNITY FACILITIES: Policy will protect identified community facilities from change of use unless it can be demonstrated that the original use is no longer viable.
NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES: Policy will support the development of new community facilities, subject to design (including flexibility of use), amenity and access considerations.
ASSETS OF COMMUNITY VALUE: The following X Y Z facilities will be nominated to Leeds City Council as Assets of Community Value which means the local community would have the right to raise money to purchase the building to prevent it being lost to the community.
PROVISION OF NEW GREEN SPACE: Policy will direct the delivery of new green space provision to meet identified needs ( as outlined in Leeds City Council’s Core Strategy Policy G3) and aspirations in Garforth
CHILDREN’S PLAY: Policy will support the delivery of new children’s play facilities subject to accessibility considerations.
DESIGNATION OF LOCAL GREEN SPACE: Policy will identify and designate Local Green Spaces in Garforth (in line with LCC Policy G3 as above) and protect them from development.
IMPROVEMENTS TO GREENSPACE: Policy will support improvements (specific) to identified greenspaces.
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE OPPORTUNITIES: Policy will support measures that improve / extend / connect green wildlife corridors (including links to Strategic Green Infrastructure). ACCESSIBILITY AND CONNECTIVITY (Public Rights of Way): Policy will give protection to existing public rights of way network (function, character and outlook), and support proposals to improve the network.
BIODIVERSITY & LEEDS HABITAT NETWORK: Policy will identify local extensions to Leeds Habitat Network in Garforth and opportunities for network connectivity.
WILDLIFE FEATURES: Policy will support the inclusion / integration of wildlife features in new developments (bat boxes / swift bricks) on a minimum of 50% of new units.
LANDSCAPE: Policy will identify & protect landscape features that are locally distinctive to Garforth
TREES: Policy will support the introduction of new tree cover (site specific?) and the restoration / re-introduction of hedgerows.
3.D.1. HEALTH EXISTING HEALTHCARE PROVISION – Policy will seek to protect existing healthcare sites and facilities
NEW HEALTHCARE PROVISION: Policy will support the provision of new healthcare facilities in Garforth (inc. GP) which offer a wide range of services, including the change of use of existing sites or new provision, subject to access, design and amenity considerations.
Policy will support integrated planning of new healthcare facilities on strategic sites evidenced through a masterplan / development brief which has been subject to consultation with the local community.
SUPPORT FOR EXISTING SCHOOLS: Policy will support the expansion of existing schools subject to design / amenity and accessibility considerations.
NEW SCHOOL PROVISION: Policy will support the development of new primary / secondary schools subject to design / amenity and accessibility considerations. Policy will support integrated planning of new educational provision on strategic sites evidenced through a masterplan / development brief that has been subject to consultation with the local community.
ACCESSIBILITY TO EDUCATION: Policy will identify “safe routes to schools” and give support to improvement / enhancement of routes for active travel.