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Growing pains in Leeds

Astragal spent a delightful evening at the last of Leeds Metropolitan University’s 4x4 Making Places lecture series

In a rather irreverent speech, Leeds’ chief planner, Phil Crabtree, spoke about the ambitious housing targets the city has set itself. Leeds is in the tricky position of having published a development plan at the height of the boom last year, promising 5,000 additional new homes on top of the regional housing targets. Crabtree said, in no uncertain terms, that the target looks impossible to deliver now, especially with the contraction of the financial services sector that the city’s growth was based on. That is, he stressed, his view, not that of the planning authority. Astragal wonders how many other local authorities are labouring under development plans predicting growth?

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