Decision details

Streets for People - The Recreations, Holbeck

Reference: D54656

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Note and approve the Streets for People project in the Recreations, Holbeck, comprising highway improvements and associated works.

Note that the Chief Officer (Highways & Transportation) will receive further reports to approve financial matters and the exercising of statutory powers.


The Director of City Development submitted a report regarding the ‘Streets for People’ initiative, part of the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy which aimed to create high quality places for people, improve physical activity and air quality. As part of the ‘Streets for People’ initiative the report noted that each West Yorkshire Authority had been invited to develop a demonstration project to facilitate meeting the strategy’s ambitions. The submitted report proposed The Recreations area of Holbeck and detailed the reasons for this proposal.


Responding to a Member’s specific enquiry regarding the consultation which had been undertaken with local residents, further details were provided. Whilst assurance was given that the consultation with residents to date had been extensive and would be ongoing, it was undertaken that further information on the scope and form of the consultation, together with detail on the level of responses received would be provided to the Member in question.


The Board discussed the objectives of the initiative and in acknowledging a Member’s comments around how the initiative could potentially be used to encourage more stability in this community, it was undertaken that this could be incorporated into the ongoing evaluation of the initiative and taken into consideration when measuring its success.


With regard to the levels of additional green space which could potentially be provided by the scheme, the Board acknowledged the green space already in and around this area and the physical constraints which would need to be considered when looking to increase it. However, the importance of looking to maximise greenspace as part of the initiative was highlighted. 



(a)  That the contents of the submitted report, be noted, and that the selection of The Recreations as Leeds City Council’s ‘Streets for People’ project, be approved;


(b)  That expenditure of £900,000 to deliver the project, be approved, and that it be noted that the Highways and Transportation service will be the lead service for this delivery;


(c)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation) will receive further reports to enact statutory powers and processes in order to deliver the proposals, as detailed within the submitted report.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Beeston and Holbeck;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation has taken place with ward members and local residents, most notably through consultation events and door-to-door surveys. Further consultation is ongoing and feedback is being reflected in the detailed design.


Executive Member for Infrastructure & Climate

Local ward members

Local residents

Community organisations in Holbeck

Emergency Services


Contact: Christopher Way, Traffic Engineer 0113 378 7493 Email:

Report author: Christopher Way

Publication date: 19/11/2021

Date of decision: 17/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Executive Board

Effective from: 27/11/2021

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