In March 2019, Leeds City Council declared a Climate Emergency and set out their ambitions for Leeds to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.


The Innovation Arc has the potential to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and improving the sustainability of Leeds as well as supporting world-leading research, development and technological advances to tackle climate change.
The SPD identifies a number of proposals relating to 'Sustainability'. You can explore these proposals by:
  • Downloading the Sustainability Map and reading the written summary of proposals below

Summary of Key Proposals

  • Creating up to two new city parks that cover over the top of the Inner Ring Road (A58) between Jerusalem Chapel and the Dry Dock, and around Great George Street bridge. These have the potential to deliver 4 hectares of new green space as well as tree planting for the city. 
  • Creating 'Linear Parks' to connect spaces, landmarks and buildings. These parks would be green routes for people and nature. Proposed locations include: EC Stoner Building and Great George Street as it crosses the Inner Ring Road (A58) connecting into Woodhouse Square. 
  • Establishing an accessible green network made up of footpaths, cycle routes, balanced streets and green and blue infrastructure. This will be co-ordinated to create a network of public realm improvements that will increase biodiversity and reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Supporting opportunities to connect to and enhance access to the River Aire, with the creation of gardens and new habitats along the river's edge. 
  • Re-using heritage assets for innovation and other uses, prioritising refurbishment and retrofitting where possible.
  • Identifying and supporting the delivery of priority public transport routes to bring sustainable transport into the heart of the Innovation Arc.
  • Creating a strategy for car parking in the area, particularly for the West End, to further unlock sustainable development.