Have your say on the future of the Temple District

Leeds City Council is encouraging residents and businesses to have their say on a draft Planning Brief, that sets out a framework for future development proposals within the Temple District in Holbeck.

The draft Temple District Planning Brief seeks to support comprehensive regeneration across the Temple District, placing it as a focal point of the Leeds South Bank. The brief also sets outs a clear a plan to support the stabilisation and repair of Temple Works, an ‘at risk’ Grade I listed building.

Setting out an ambitious plan for Temple Works and the surrounding area, the brief highlights the potential for the creation of a vibrant and distinctive new mixed-use neighbourhood that secures the future of an internationally significant listed building.

The consultation will to run until Monday 27 September 2021, with residents and businesses across Leeds being urged to have their say on the future of the area.

Cllr Hayden, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Climate and Infrastructure said:

“The Temple District Planning Brief will play a key role in supporting high-quality development within the area which will contribute towards the Council’s ambition of finding a long-term sustainable future for Temple Works in an enhanced setting.”

“The Planning Brief clarifies the Council’s expectations for regeneration in Temple District, by adopting a climate-ready and nature-friendly approach to placemaking, which supports new infrastructure delivery and public realm, bringing new life to this important historic area.”

“We are keen to hear people’s feedback on the draft Planning Brief, including whether people agree or disagree with the development guidance contained in the document, and we encourage everyone to respond to the consultation.”

The dedicated website www.leeds.gov.uk/TempleDistrict, has all the relevant information to the consultation process, including the planning brief in full. Residents and businesses can also contribute their views via email, post and online survey, with all contact details available from the website.

Further to this, executive summaries of the Temple District Planning Brief will be available at:

  • Dewsbury Road Hub
  • Beeston Hub
  • Hunslet Hub
  • Holbeck Together at St Matthew’s, Holbeck
  • Hamara Healthy Living
  • Asha Neighbourhood Project
  • Slung Low at The Holbeck Club, Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck

The Council will also be running 3 online webinars on the planning brief, starting in late August on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 31 August – Local businesses within Temple District
  • Wednesday 1 September – Landowners and developers
  • Thursday 2 September – Residents and the local community

Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum and also holding a public meeting at The Holbeck Club (Slung Low) on Wednesday 22 September 2021 starting at 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm). LCC will present a consultation on the draft planning brief with an opportunity for locals to comment and make suggestions.


This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council

Image: CGI of how Temple Works might look if redeveloped for The British Library