A milestone has been passed by residents developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Beeston. Leeds City Council approved Beeston as a designated area for neighbourhood planning on the 24 February 2014.
Neighbourhood Plans allow local people to have a say in the future development of their community. The plan will have a vision for the area in fifteen years and can include policies, for example where housing for the elderly, or where new businesses should be located. The area for the Beeston plan, broadly between Cross Flatts Park, Middleton Park, the Ring Road and Elland Road, covers around 6,000 dwellings and a population of 16,000.
Beeston Community Forum can now apply for a grant and help from consultants to write the Beeston Plan. A logo has been approved for promotional material and the strapline will be ‘Let’s make Beeston Better’. The yellow grid represents the typical layout of terraced streets in the area and the ‘post-it note’ represents community involvement.
The next stage will be to consult with residents, business, voluntary groups and schools in the area. A neighbourhood forum will be set up to examine the results of the consultation and determine the priorities to be included in the plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan is also being drawn up by residents in Holbeck.
Further information can be obtained by email from Greg Turton, the Beeston Plan Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.