Development & Transport

We encourage high standards of design, architecture and town planning in the city.

Leeds is a continually changing city. Its buoyant economy in the first few years of the 21st century led to a building boom which has made it all the more important that new development enhances the special character of the city's heritage, and that there is a sustainable people-centred approach to new buildings and transport infrastructure.

Planning Committee

Our Planning Committee meets on a fortnightly basis to review development issues within Leeds. This includes commenting on and influencing planning applications, but also considering wider strategic and policy issues concerning the development of the city - through our work, we interact with architects, developers and Leeds City Council officers, who often present to the committee.

Transport & Liveable Leeds Group

We also have an interest in transport. Through monthly meetings of our Transport and Liveable Leeds Group we aim to influence the development of sustainable transport systems in our city. We lobby for better public transport and a better bus service and look at how the spaces in between buildings can be enhanced to create a more pleasant and sustainable experience for pedestrians and cyclists.

Heritage Watch Group

Our Heritage Watch Group, which meets monthly, keeps an eye on those buildings and structures that are of historical interest. We lobby for their maintenance and repair and seek out and celebrate good practice. We maintain a “heritage at risk” list which informs our activities in this area of our work. Find out more about our Heritage work here.

Stay Updated

If you are interested in getting involved in the work of any of these groups, please contact us at

For the latest information and updates from our Development & Transport groups, please see our News page.

Through the work of our Planning and Transport groups, we publish reports, responses to public consultations and planning applications, and other documents. You can find these documents, organised by themes, using the links below:


Area Studies

National Consultations

City Council Consultations

Individual Planning Applications

Planning Policy

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