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Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents
To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure 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 Hea of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)
There were no appeals.
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:-
There was no exempt information on the agenda.
To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration.
(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)
There were no late items.
Declaration of Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.
There were no declarations. With reference to Agenda Item 9, Local Plan Update, Councillor Finnigan informed the Committee that he was a Member of City Plans Panel and South and West Plans Panel.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors D Chapman, B Gettings, S Golton, C Hart-Brook and A Hutchison.
To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2022
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 September be confirmed as a correct record.
In accordance with Paragraphs 4.16 and 4.17 of the Community Committee Procedure Rules, at the discretion of the Chair a period of up to 10 minutes may be allocated at each ordinary meeting for members of the public to make representations or to ask questions on matters within the terms of reference of the Community Committee. This period of time may be extended at the discretion of the Chair. No member of the public shall speak for more than three minutes in the Open Forum, except by permission of the Chair.
In accordance with the Community Committee Procedure Rules, the Chair allowed a period of up to 10 minutes for members of the public to make representations or ask questions within the terms of reference of the Community Committee.
On this occasion no members of the public wished to speak.
To receive and consider the attacged report of the Director of Public Health
The report of the Director of Public Health presented to the Inner West Community Committee the refresh of the draft Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025 to gain feedback. The report also requested support and promotion of the work of Age Friendly within the city.
Robina Ahmed, Advanced Health Improvement Specialist and Liz Griffin of the Older People’s Forum were in attendance for this item
The Community Committee were provided with the following points:
· Members were informed of various schemes and opportunities that were available for supporting people with dementia. There were schemes that businesses and other organisations could support such as the ‘Come in and Rest’ scheme which would provide people with a warm place to sit and rest without an obligation to buy and Dementia Friends training which was available to all. There was also the Age Friendly Ambassador Scheme which was aimed at those with an interest in promoting age friendly initiatives. Further information was available on the Age Friendly Leeds website.
In response to comments and questions, the following was discussed:
· The Age Friendly Steering Group focussed mainly on those aged 50 and above.
· Involvement and role of Neighbourhood Networks.
· Concerns regarding public transport and difficulty with obtaining Blue Badge parking within the City Centre. These issues would be raised with the travel connection steam.
· The ... view the full minutes text for item 35.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Policy and Plans Group Manager
The report of the Policy and Plans Group Manager provided the Committee with a brief synopsis of the Local Plan Update public consultation for general promotion and to seek input from Members and reisdents on any further engagement and to raise awareness and encourage participation in the consultation.
Caroline Harris, Planning Assistant presented the report.
It was reported that the consultation would run until 19th December 2022 and in light of the declaration of the Climate Emergency it had been prioritised to update and amend existing policies and add new policies to reduce carbon reduction in development and reduce the impacts of climate change.
There were a series of policies that helped to address the climate emergency and issues highlighted included the need to reduce carbon in new developments; best use of green and blue infrastructure; links to health and wellbeing; minimising flood risk; ensuring development was accessible with access to services and amenities; and development of sustainable infrastructure.
In response to Members comments and questions, the following was discussed:
· Place making and the development of twenty minute communities – it was acknowledged that this was limited by proposals from developers and could not be made available for everyone. Developers were asked to consider the twenty minute community with access to services such as schools, shops and health provision.
· The next stage of the consultation would look more directly at the spatial strategy including where to develop new homes and employment and how areas could be supported to grow. Where there was lots of development, services would follow due to demand.
· It was felt that the Site Allocation Plan undermined the policies relating to the Climate Emergency and reference was made to recent developments at Haigh Wood and Capitol Park which had been developed on greenbelt land and did not have any facilities.
· Concern that planning contributions offered by developers were not delivered.
· It was reported that the new and revised policies would be more robust and enable future sites to be more sustainable.
· Concern that existing policies were not strong enough and that too many planning applications got passed that were not policy compliant.
· The reasons behind the declaration of Climate Emergency and an encouragement to participate in the consultation to enable officers and Members to make better recommendations to address the concerns.
The recommendation outlined in the report was moved and seconded and subsequently voted against. An alternative recommendation was made and voted upon.
RESOLVED – That the Community Committee take the Climate Emergency declaration seriously and recommend that the Site Allocation Plan be re-visited particularly with regard to the allocations within greenfield sites.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Head of Locality Partnerships
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships brought Member’s attention to work which the Communities Team was involved in based on priorities identified by the Community Committee. It also provided opportunities for questioning or to request a more detailed report on a particular issue.
Kimberly Frangos, Localities Officer presented the report.
The following was discussed:
· The Chair welcomed the Leeds 2023 hosts to the meeting. The Committee was given an update which had including working with community groups, ad arts and charitable organisations to see what facilities existed within local communities and what kind of celebratory events could be facilitated. Members were asked to highlight any further organisations or ideas.
· Youth Summit – this would be held in February 2023 and preparation was ongoing with the Children & Families Sub Group and Outer South Youth Matters Group.
· The Committee heard from West Yorkshire Police with regards to water safety following the tragic event in Solihull. The police media team had been providing updates through social media and would also be doing so through schools and youth groups. Water safety work and training was also carried out jointly with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
RESOLVED – That the report be noted.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Head of Locality Partnerships.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provided the Community Committee with an update on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund, Capital Budget, as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2022/23.
Kimberly Frangos, Localities Officer presented the report.
The following was discussed:
· Wellbeing projects for consideration. Members were supportive of the following applications:
Morley Amateur Operatic Society - £2,572.60 requested towards the Christmas Pantomime. Members were supportive of this application.
· Monitoring information of applications funded by the Committee – reference was made to the Leeds Little Free Library project. Two libraries in each Ward had been completed and installed.
(1) That details of the Wellbeing Budget position be noted.
(2) That the following Wellbeing proposals be approved:
Morley Amateur Operatic Society - £2,572.60
(3) That details of the projects approved via Delegated Decision be noted.
(4) That details of the Youth Activities Fund be noted.
(5) That details of the Small Grants budget be noted.
(6) That details of the Skips Budget be noted.
(7) That details of the Community Skips Budget be noted.
(8) That details of the Capital Budget be noted.
(9) That details of the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget be noted.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
Monday, 13 March 2023 at 4.00 p.m.
Monday, 13 March 2023 at 4.00 p.m. Meeting to be held at Northfield Lane Community Centre.