Village plan to be launched

3 Sept 2013.....Clr Doug Morley, co-chairman of Kippax Neighbourhood Plan Committee, in the centre of Kippax, for launch of the plan with from left Chris Porter,Clr James Lewis,Keith Parker,John Urwin and Clr David Draper
3 Sept 2013.....Clr Doug Morley, co-chairman of Kippax Neighbourhood Plan Committee, in the centre of Kippax, for launch of the plan with from left Chris Porter,Clr James Lewis,Keith Parker,John Urwin and Clr David Draper

A plan to shape the future of Kippax for the next 15 years will be launched next Saturday as part of a national scheme.

The Kippax Neighbourhood Plan has been developed during the past year and, if approved, will be used as a basis for planning new homes, along with the provision of infrastructure like schools, GP services and transportation.

Kippax is one of five areas in Leeds piloting the scheme, which is part of the government’s Localism Act.

Doug Morley, co-chairman of Kippax Neighbourhood Plan Committee, said the plan built on earlier planning documents created for the village.

He added: “There was a village design statement about ten years ago, and a parish plan six years ago, and this updates and amalgamates that work.”

The launch of the plan marks the start of a public consultation, with the committee keen to get the views of as many residents and businesses as possible.

It will then go before Leeds City Council for approval before a referendum is held on the document.

Mr Morley said: “We are trying to connect with as many people, traders, shopkeepers, schools and churches as possible.

“If they’re in the village, we want to meet and talk to them about the plan.

“We also want more people to get involved in the plan, currently there are about a dozen on the committee, but the more there are, the better it will be.”

The plan will be launched on Saturday September 14 at Kippax Central WMC on Gibson Lane, with sessions from 10am to 11.45am or noon to 2pm, with introductions, display boards and question and answer sessions.

Anyone interested in finding out more or getting involved, can visit www.kippaxneighbourhoodplan.co.uk or call Mr Morley on 0113 286 6177.