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Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Development Plan Panel
Tuesday, 19th January, 2016 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Helen Gray (0113) 24 744355  Email: helen.gray@leeds.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

16.

Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)

 

(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)

Minutes:

There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents

 

17.

Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.

 

2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.

 

3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

 

  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:

Minutes:

No exempt information was contained within the agenda

 

18.

Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration.

 

(The special circumstance shall be specified in the minutes).

Minutes:

No formal late items of business were added to the agenda

 

19.

Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct

Minutes:

No declarations of pecuniary interests were made.

 

20.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor C Macniven. The Chair welcomed Councillor P Gruen to the meeting as substitute.

 

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To approve the minutes of the following meetings as a correct record:

a)  Development Plan Panel held 16th June 2015

b)  Development Plan Panel held 26th June 2015

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED-  That the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meetings held on 16th and 26th June 2015 be approved.

 

22.

Site Allocations Plan and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan - Initial Report of Consultation pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer which provides an initial Report of Consultation of the Publication draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP) consultation. Consultation closed on 16th November 2015 and a further report on the agenda for this meeting provides a summary of the issues emerging from the consultation and the next steps in taking the Plans forward to subsequent stages.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted an Initial Report on the Consultation of the Publication draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP) consultation, which closed on 16th November 2015. This matter was linked to another report on the agenda which summarised the issues emerging from the consultation and the next steps in taking the Plans forward to subsequent stages. (Minute 23 refers)

 

The Head of Forward Planning & Implementation and the Deputy Chief Planning Officer presented the report and highlighted the consultation arrangements, distribution of consultation material and events held in each of the 11 Housing Market Characteristic Areas (HMCA's) designated within the Site Allocation Plan (SAP). In presenting the report, the following key issues were highlighted:

·  The use of interactive materials - interactive mapping and an on-line comments form were available along with guidance notes on the approach the Planning Inspector was likely to take. This model would be used as a best practice example for future consultations

·  The submissions often commented on several issues which required collating across several themes

·  Approximately 10,000 responses had been received

·  The comments received during the process from respondents on terminology and the format of the on-line comments form had been noted

 

The Panel considered the following matters during discussions:

·  The breadth of the consultation pre-notification

·  The location of HMCA events and whether these had reflected smaller areas within large HMCA’s. Officers responded that in planning some of the events it was appreciated that some HMCA’s were significant in area and included a variety of smaller communities. All plans were available at the events (both Publication Plan documents and for HMCA areas) and a number of general events had been held in the central location of the Civic Hall

·  Engagement with Neighbourhood Planning Groups. Support had been offered by officers to both Neighbourhood Planning Groups and to ward Members in their own meetings with local residents.

·  The ICT issues encountered by some respondents. The Panel noted the response that the ICT capabilities had been tested prior to on-line publication and independent software had been utilised to ensure stability.

·  The Central Government guidance which advised the public to petition local authorities if they felt that their local authority had incorrectly calculated the housing allocation in the UDP/Core Strategy. The SAP consultation would have been seen by some as an opportunity to raise the issue of housing allocations.

·  The status of the consultation held in the Outer North East HMCA, in the light of the withdrawal of the Headley Hall site by the developers.

·  The impact of the recent flooding on the sites identified for future housing

·  Recognition for the engagement with the Traveller community

 

RESOLVED – That having considered the initial Report of Consultation on the Publication draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP), the Panel noted the outcomes as set out in the submitted report

 

23.

Site Allocations Plan and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan - Emerging Issues and Next Steps pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer which provides an initial overview of the emerging issues and next steps arising from the consultation on the Publication draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP)

 

(Report attached)

 

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted an initial overview of the emerging issues and next steps arising from the consultation on the Publication draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP). 

 

This report accompanied the earlier Report of Consultation on the Plans on the agenda (Minute 22 refers)

 

The Head of Forward Planning & Implementation and the Deputy Chief Planning Officer presented the report, highlighting the following issues in respect of the Site Allocation Plan (SAP):

·  The task of assembling the 9,787 consultation responses in a consistent format so that the comments can be interrogated was about 25% complete

·  The nature and relevance of the comments received was an issue

·  The 'soundness of the Plan' was a key issue which would be presented to the Panel in due course

·  A number of parties wished to view all the responses. A redacted version would be available once the responses had been assembled. It was advised that this task would take some time to complete and that the first priority was to ensure that all of the submissions were entered into the database

·  Since consultation had commenced, some site capacities had changed (such as the withdrawal of the Headley Hall site in the Outer North East and proposed Burberry development in the Inner City HMCAs). A review of the figures would therefore be undertaken to review the overall position.

·  New sites identified through the consultation would need to be assessed, together with potential increases in site capacities.

 

In respect of the Aire Valley Area Action Plan (AVAAP):

·  The current position in respect of the developers view of the deliverability of the housing allocation at the Skelton Gate site

·  The requests received to increase housing capacity on two sites at Bridgewater Road and the former Tetley Brewery site and the suggestion that increasing the allocation on these two sites could potentially compensate for any reduction to the allocation at Skelton Gate

·  The current position in respect of the Haigh Park Road site

 

Additionally, Members views were sought on the future presentation of the detailed information to the Panel - a template was included at Appendix 1 of the report for comment and consideration

 

Finally, the projected timetable for progression of the SAP and AVAAP was highlighted, which included the requirement for Scrutiny and Executive Board involvement. Members’ views were sought on whether those aspects of the Plans which attracted no comment could be progressed quickly, which would allow the Panel more time to concentrate on the elements which had attracted representation.

 

The Panel also noted the suggestion that, in order to expedite matters, the AVAAP process could be dealt with separately to the SAP, with the assurance that any matters which had been flagged for further consideration would be dealt with appropriately.

 

Members recognised the volume of work to be undertaken and made the following comments:

·  The need for Panel Members and ward Councillors to receive early notification of new and emerging sites in order to support their work with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Planning Application Decisions in the context of emerging Plans pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer which sets out a response to the issues raised by Members concerning decisions taken on planning applications when development plan allocations are under preparation.  The report provides the basis for discussions to explore a recent planning permission for residential development of an employment allocation (ref 14/06825/OT).

 

(Report attached)

 

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report in response to issues raised by Members concerning decisions taken on planning applications when development plan allocations are under preparation. The report explored this theme with particular reference to a recent planning permission for residential development of a site at Scott Lane, Morley (AKA Hub 62, Bruntcliffe Road, reference 14/06825/OT) which was previously identified for employment use in the Site Allocations Plan (SAP) Publication Draft.

 

The report reiterated the Local Planning Authority’s obligation to determine planning applications as submitted and planning permission had been given in November to develop the site for housing within this context. The report outlined the evidence submitted with the planning application which had tested the viability of employment development use more thoroughly.

 

The Planning Policy Team Leader presented the report and highlighted the key issue of the differences of approach between national and local policy frameworks. It was noted that the current SAP process was identifying new sites for housing and would review the overall employment supply.

 

Discussion followed using the Morley site as a reference:

·  The weight given to the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and/or Local Development Framework by plans panels. The Morley site was allocated and utilised as employment land, however justification for a housing development had been presented which appeared to run counter to both documents.

·  The concern that if plans panels took decisions which appeared to be contrary to the Plans/Frameworks established through the Plan making process, then plans panel could be seen to be preventing the Plans and/or Frameworks working effectively.

·  Concern was also expressed that the UDP had suggested a 'green buffer' between employment and residential use and the development of the site for residential had removed that buffer

 

In response officers explained that, having considered detailed evidence from the District Valuer, the plans panel had accepted that the Morley site was not viable and hence not deliverable; and as such was not safeguarded by Policy EC3 as set out in the report. In addition, officers reiterated that the Morley site was regarded as an unusual one, as the site was owned by a housing developer and evidence suggested that the site had not been utilised formally for employment since the UDP had been adopted in 2001. The decision of the plans panel was not regarded as having set a precedent.

 

Reference was made to that part of the National Planning Policy Framework which suggested that "planning policies should avoid the long term protection of sites allocated for employment use where there is no reasonable prospect of a site being used for that purpose"

 

(Councillor Walshaw withdrew from the meeting for a short time at this point)

 

There was general acknowledgement that determination of planning applications could not be delayed whilst overarching Frameworks/Plans were developed

 

(Councillor J McKenna withdrew from the meeting for a short while at this point)

 

The Panel received assurance that any changes and/or permissions which affected the 5 year land supply figures would be taken into account during  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2015 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer which provides an update on the progress of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2015 Update.  The report details how this update of the SHLAA has utilised the Council’s previous methodology to suggest that a considerable stock of deliverable land supply exists in Leeds. Additionally, the report references the recent Secretary of State decision and High Court judgement which support the Council’s approach to conclusions which are based on the upturn in the economy and increasing strength of the housing market. Finally, the report notes that the SHLAA Update 2015 has been sent to house builders for comment rather than via meetings of a SHLAA partnership for reasons of speed and efficiency

 

(Report attached)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report providing an update on the progress of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2015 Update. The 2015 Update utilised the Council’s previous methodology to suggest that a considerable stock of deliverable land supply exists in Leeds.

 

The Data and GIS Team Leader presented the report, setting out a brief history of the development of the SHLAA and giving context to the current methodology and development of the 2015 SHLAA in the light of recent Inspectors decisions and the upturn in confidence and growth in the housing development industry.

 

It was noted that SHLAA Update 2015 had been sent to house builders for comment (who had previously represented the industry as part of the SHLAA Partnership). Members of the Panel were invited to attend future meetings of the SHLAA Partnership - a group comprising of officers, Members and developers - and to return any individual responses to the SHLAA by the deadline of end of January 2016.

 

(Councillor C Gruen left the meeting at this point)

 

The Panel broadly welcomed the report and went on to make the following comments:

·  Noted the work undertaken by the SHLAA 2014 partnership and requested that a similar partnership for the 2015 SHLAA be established quickly to progress the process

 

Members also sought clarity on the information presented in Appendix 2 of the report - schedule of SHLAA sites contained within the SAP. In response, officers stated that "short term" anticipated development on site and build-out within 5 years, medium term could refer to the build-out stage. The document assumed a build-out rate as set out in the 2014 SHLAA of 50 dwellings per annum per outlet, although the build out within the city centre was more difficult to assess

RESOLVED –

a)  That the contents of the report, and the comments made by Panel on the SHLAA material be noted

b)  To note that individual responses from Members on the material would be welcomed prior to the end of January 2016 in order to tie into the timetable provided to the house builders.

 

26.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the date and time of the next meeting as 16th February 2016 at 1.30pm

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as 16th February 2016 at 1.30 pm.