Decision details

An Approach to Street Design and the Public Realm in Leeds City Centre

Reference: D42834

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To endorse a strategic, holistic approach and outline programme to improving our highways and street design.


The Director of City Development submitted a report outlining an approach towards street design and the public realm. The report identified some key principles to ensure schemes were designed and implemented within agreed corporate parameters and objectives, and included artist impressions of how the city centre may look if such an approach was adopted. Additionally, the submitted report included a prioritised programme for public realm improvements in the city centre.


Members discussed the potential approach towards the promotion of more pedestrian accessible spaces in the city centre and the impact of such an approach. In addition, the Board considered the benefits of simplistic and consistent designs and also the sources of funding which could be used for such initiatives.


In conclusion, emphasis was placed upon the need for the associated consultation exercise which was proposed to be as comprehensive and inclusive as possible.



(a)  That the principle of the Council developing a strategic plan for public

realm improvements in the City Centre, based upon the principles as outlined in paragraph 3.7 of the submitted report, be endorsed;


(b)  That approval be given to the Council consulting and engaging with stakeholders on potential schemes to be brought forward, based upon the design ideas and opportunities document, as detailed at Appendix 1 to the submitted report;


(c)  That subject to the outcome of the consultation, officers be requested to submit a report to a future Executive Board outlining a proposal plan of public realm improvements, costings and funding, and that it be noted that the Head of Strategic Projects, City Development, will be responsible for the submission of this report.

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: City and Hunslet;

Portfolio Holder: Regeneration, Transport and Planning & Economy and Culture

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Wide ranging consultation on the broad principles has already taken place.  Further detailed consultation will be undertaken on a scheme by scheme basis.


City centre based businesses and organisations, the Property Forum’s Quality Places and Spaces Group, Disability Access Group.

Contact: 07891 277861.

Report author: Cath Follin

Publication date: 26/10/2015

Date of decision: 21/10/2015

Decided at meeting: 21/10/2015 - Executive Board

Effective from: 31/10/2015

Accompanying Documents: