The referendum resulted a 95.3% vote for the plan, the vote was 768 for 38 against. This means the plan has now been passed.

From a statutory point of view the plan is to be treated as ‘made’ for purposes of determining planning applications so all planning officers will be notified that it needs to be a consideration in any planning applications in our neighbourhood area, and if the Forum (or any Headingley residents) are commenting on any applications they can also refer the plan as a material consideration.

The forum (with changing membership) has managed the plan since the beginning.  There is no obligation for the forum to continue, but there are now options for a new version of the forum (working in partnership with  other community and interest groups) to use the plan to the benefit of Headingley in the future.  Before the Covid lock down there were a few meetings involving members of the HNP steering group, Headingley network and Headingley Development Trust  to look at how we might do this. This work was derailed by the pandemic, but we had some interesting discussions about how we build on the very successful existing community involvement in Headingley in a way that opens things up to new and younger community members.   

Your steering group would like a well earned rest in the short to medium term but if any readers have thoughts on this then do email  [email protected]
and we will put you in touch with each other.

Finally, I would like to thank everybody for all the work they have put into this, its success is I think a measure of the community strength we have in our area.

After many years work from many people we are nearing the end of the development of the plan. All residents in the plan area are encouraged to vote in the referendum which will be held on Thursday 24th November 2022. The question you will be asked is:

Do you want Leeds City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Headingley to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

The final version of the plan is available here:

The plain text version of the plan is available here:

The map of the plan area is available in the plan.

If you live in the plan area you can vote in person at the polling station or by post.  (In the same way that you vote in a local or general election).  

For those not on the electoral roll the deadline to register to vote is 8 November at midnight.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 9 November 5pm.
The link to make a voter registration application is

This plan represents the input from many local residents, visitors and businesses. We are grateful to each and everyone of them and look forward to the plan being useful for the next eleven years.

Please Vote. Please Vote. Please Vote

The Examination Decision Statement has now been agreed and the Chief Planning Officer has approved the Headingley NP for referendum. This means that we can go ahead with choosing a date for a referendum – all residents in the plan area will be entitled to vote in this.

There are some tasks to do before we can agree a date for the referendum, such as amend the final version of the plan and organising publicity before the vote but we will keep you updated on progress.

Our examiner, Chris Collison, is now working hard to review our plan. You will see under the heading Documents for Examination a copy of his letter to the council, and another with his initial queries, together with the response from the forum. In addition you will find there a summary of the responses from members of the public to the council’s publicity on the examination of the plan.

The HNP forum is very pleased to say that we have reached a new landmark in the long development of our plan.The current draft of the plan is now open for consultation prior to going before the national examiner. In addition to the plan all the background documents (including the consultation statement and evidence, and the basic conditions statement) are available on this website. Paper copies are available at Headingley Library and the Heart Centre, there is only one copy of each so you will need to read them there.

This Reg 16 consultation is the council’s responsibility so please respond as below.


Members of the Leeds City Council Neighbourhood Planning Team are willing to discuss the neighbourhood plan over the phone by appointment, please email [email protected] or phone 0113 37 87997 to make arrangements.

We strongly encourage those making representations to use the online survey available at: or by using the QR code below.

You can send representations via email to [email protected].

In this meeting the HNP forum was asked to approve the amended pre submission plan. The plan is available on the dropdown menu together with the comments table. This table all the responses to the presubmission consultation, and the ways in which the plan was amended in response to these.

The forum approved this draft of the plan (with a few helpful suggestions) which is now being made ready for the examiner.

It’s been a while since we posted here but that doesn’t mean the HNP steering group has not been busy in the background.

We had a wonderful lot of responses to the presubmission consultation in summer 2020. Since then we have been updating the plan in response to these. The next step is to ask forum members if they approve the latest version of the plan, if they do it will go to the Examiner for further comment.

We are planning a forum on October 19th (details to follow) . The plan and comments table will be posted on this website and everyone on the mailing list will receive a copy. We very much look forward to hearing what you think about it.

Headingley Neighbourhood Plan forum is pleased to say that the presubmission version of the Headingley Neighbourhood Plan is now open for formal consultation.  The last forum meeting agreed the policies and objectives and since then the steering group has been working to produce this document.

Presubmission is not the end of the process, once we have your comments  the amended version will go to a national inspector, and then finally all residents within the plan area will be able to agree or not agree to the plan in a referendum.

There has been a lot of consultation with local residents, local businesses and others which has led to this plan so far; it has benefited hugely from the input of so many local people.  Now this is your chance to shape the final version of the plan.

The plan is here

If you need a version without pictures there is a word version here

The SRA/HEA screening report is here

The evidence base for the plan is here

The consultation period, from 16th June to 8th September, is 12 weeks long, twice as long as the statutory 6 weeks.  Due to Covid we won’t be able to have copies of the plan in local libraries or hold a public meeting. Instead we will have paper copies available for those who need one. (please email [email protected] for a copy.)  

All households and businesses in the plan area will receive a summary leaflet during the week commencing 22nd June.  A copy is here.

The engagement strategy we are working to is here together with the council’s approval here.

How to Comment

The Headingley Neighbourhood Forum welcomes your comments. Comments should be submitted, preferably by email to [email protected] or to [email protected]. Please include any references to page number, paragraph number and policy in your email.

A member of the neighbourhood planning team at Leeds City Council is available to discuss the plan over the phone, please contact the team on 0113 378 7997 to arrange.

There will be an online drop in event to discuss the plan on Sunday 9th August at 2pm, please contact the Forum to receive an invite.

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Tuesday 8 September.

We’re getting there!  The latest version of the Headingley neighbourhood plan is now available – this  is known as the Pre Submission draft.

This builds on the version you have already seen, incorporating feedback from forum members as well as feedback from council officers.

We have also clarified the way that all the objectives contribute  to reducing carbon emissions (in line with the climate emergency)  and  also  to improving  the health and wellbeing of the local population.

You will find the plan  here:

We would love to see you at the next Headingley Neighbourhood Plan Forum. This will be on

Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm,  in the New Headingley Club.

The forum will be asked to approve this draft and also asked what its thoughts are for how we, as a community, use the plan when it is complete.

Of course, we hope that the forum will approve this draft, but this doesn’t mean that this is  the last step……

The next big stage is a pre submission consultation, all local households will receive a leaflet about the plan and all interested parties will have 6 weeks to comment formally on the draft.    Then we revise based on comments and (after a few other steps) the plan goes before the national examiner. Finally the plan goes to a referendum for all residents in the plan area.