Agenda and minutes

Development Plan Panel - Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 1.30 pm, NEW

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Angela Bloor (0113) 24 74754  Email:

No. Item


Chair's opening remarks


  The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked Members and Officers to introduce themselves




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


  There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests




Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To approve the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meetings held on:

16th December 2014

6th January 2015

13th January 2015


(minutes attached)



Additional documents:


  RESOLVED -  That the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meetings of 16th December 2014 and 6th January 2015 be approved and that the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meeting of 13th January 2015 be approved subject to correction of two factual amendments to minute 28




Implications of the 2012-based household projections on the Core Strategy Housing Requirement pdf icon PDF 584 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer


  The Head of Forward Planning and Implementation outlined the proposed time table for taking forward the Draft Site Allocations Plan (SAP), with a report to Executive Board in Summer and then to out to public consultation in Autumn 2015

  The need for a SAP was stressed in terms of being able to plan positively for Leeds rather than leaving it vulnerable to poorly co-ordinated development

  Members then considered a report of the Chief Planning Officer which provided an update on monitoring the evidence base of the Adopted Core Strategy and explored whether the latest evidence – the 2012-based household projections - warranted a fundamental review of the Core Strategy

  The report outlined the following issues:

·  the need to plan for population growth

·  government guidance

·  the latest evidence

·  population and household projections

·  jobs and new homes

·  housing need and affordable housing

·  implications of undertaking a further Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) in terms of the Core Strategy

Members were informed that the 2012-based household projections maintained lower trends however the Council could not take a simplistic approach when considering the housing targets set out in the Core Strategy and needed to consider a wider range of evidence, with Government guidance and the Planning Inspectorate being clear that household projections were the starting point of considerations, not the end 

 The figures in the Approved Core Strategy were for 70,000 (net) new homes in Leeds and after examination of the Core Strategy, which included significant discussion of the 2012 population projections, upon which the household ones are based, the Inspector declined to lower the housing requirement and declared it sound as submitted.  Members were informed that the only way to revise a Core Strategy figure was by undertaking a SMHA which would mean preferred sites might not be released readily enough and could put at risk the PAS sites and designation of rural land.  The Core Strategy objectives could also be delayed.  However, if the Council proceeded with the SAP as previously agreed, measures would need to be put in place to address the issues in the latest evidence, through phasing, as set out in the separate report on the agenda and a selective review of the Core Strategy in the next three years

  Members undertook a detailed discussion on issues raised in the report, the main areas of debate relating to:

·  the housing figures in the Core Strategy and the unprecedented level of building which would be needed in Leeds to achieve these targets

·  the relationship between jobs and new homes and that many people whilst working in Leeds would reside outside of the City

·  provision of information and concerns that not all information held by Officers had been made available to Members

·  the approach being taken by Officers and concerns about a perception of a lack of transparency in the process

·  whether a 3 year review of the Core Strategy would be of use as sites needed to be allocated now

·  the importance of having a 5 year land supply in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.


Housing Phases pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer


  Development Plan Panel considered a report of the Chief Planning Officer setting out the overall approach and methodology for the managed release of sites in line with Policy H1 of the Core Strategy

  Officers presented the report and informed Members that the Core Strategy Inspector had agreed that Leeds should have a phased approach to the release of sites, with this being driven by the identification of a 5 year land supply.  Details of the three phases of the managed release of sites were included in the submitted report, with Members being advised that only when Leeds did not have a 5 year land supply, would it be necessary to move onto the next, sequential phase

  Members discussed the report, with the main issues being raised relating to:

·  the need for clarity in the definition of ‘greenfield’ and to develop a criteria as a general guide as to what constituted a greenfield site

·  the need to clarify the phasing on sites to assist Members and communities

·  the policy adjustments set out in paragraph 3.8 of the submitted report and what safeguards there would be to ensure Planning Officers adhered to them when considering planning applications.  The Chief Planning Officer advised that the Core Strategy set out some of the principles of this, which was the starting point and that applications would be brought to Plans Panels with recommendations so that Members would be making decisions based on professional judgements.  The need for consistency and clarity around the points set out in paragraph 3.8 was reiterated by Members

·  the need for clarity around the Leeds City Region debate

·  areas of Leeds which were adjacent to neighbouring authorities and the need to manage the prioritising of sites which could have a significant and cumulative impact on existing residents.  The Head of Forward Planning and Implementation referred to the Duty to Co-operate but admitted there were difficulties as neighbouring Local Authorities were at different stages with their plans.  In relation to Bradford, Officers had made comments about the scale of housing, particularly as most of Bradford’s urban area is adjacent to the Leeds boundary and were of the view that if pressures were faced in Leeds due to development in Bradford, Bradford MDC should address this, and vice versa if Bradford was affected by the scale of development within Leeds.  Members were informed there would be the opportunity for further comments to be made during the SAP process, under the Duty to Co-operate

·  detailed phasing issues; concerns that the first phase, for 57,650 units was too large; that a level of 45,000 units might be better and the need to include the larger windfall sites

RESOLVED -  To note the comments now made and to endorse the overall approach to housing phasing




Gypsies, Travellers & Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Progress Update pdf icon PDF 292 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer


  Members considered a report of the Chief Planning Officer providing an update on the legislative and policy background; the current authorised provision in Leeds and the approach to allocating sites

  Officers presented the report and advised that the Core Strategy had identified levels of Gypsy and Traveller need for public and private provision, the need figures, in addition to the existing authorised 48 Gypsy and Traveller pitches, being additional provision for 62 Gypsy and Traveller households and 15 Travelling Showpeople in Leeds

  Details of the requirements for suitable sites for Gypsies and Travellers were outlined in the submitted report.  A list of 83 sites had been assessed which had been reduced to around 37 sites, which were still undergoing assessment.  The merits of providing accommodation for smaller sites – to house around 5 – 6 families were being considered and that Ward Members would be invited to comment on proposals in their areas

  The Panel discussed the report, with the main areas of discussion relating to:

·  the need to consider Travelling Showpeople separately from Gypsies and Travellers; possibly having two separate policies or if not, at least two separate reports to Panel

·  the change of direction towards providing smaller sites; the benefits of these in terms of being self-policing and accommodating smaller numbers of families, often who were inter-related

·  detailed issues in respect of the existing supply of sites listed in the report before Panel, including the reference to Ilkley Road, which was part of the road, was in a floodplain and was not considered to be suitable as a Gypsy and Traveller site

·  the process for identifying such sites; the SAP which had to allocate sites for all uses; the stated local preference for smaller sites; where this had emanated from; that Elected Members had not been given the opportunity to consider and discuss the proposals; the need for transparency and for a list of possible sites to be provided.  The possibility of adopting the same approach taken to other allocations, whereby Development Plan Panel workshops were held to discuss proposals which were then worked up into a formal report for consideration by Panel, was suggested.  On this point the Chair emphasised the need for Officers to engage with Members affected by possible allocation of sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople well before any agreement to release the draft SAP for public consultation

·  the need to differentiate between public and private sites in the report; to set out criteria for private sites; to give an indication of the sites Officers were considering and to have a robust mechanism in place for this

·  that there was some unmet need, despite the report indicating this was not the case

·  the reference to negotiated stopping and the need for clarification of this.  The Head of Forward Planning and Implementation advised this related to local people stopping temporarily

·  the success of the small site at Kidacre Street and its support by Ward Members

·  the issue of sites for Travelling Showpeople; that their  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.


Homes for Older People pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer


  The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report on how the SAP and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan would support the housing delivery programme for older people

  The Head of Forward Planning and Implementation presented the report which set out the issues regarding need and the different forms of accommodation which were required.  The siting of housing for older people had been considered and that this should be within a reasonable distance – around 400m - from town centres

  The Panel discussed the report and commented on the following matters:

·  the tension between the housing mix identified in the Core Strategy and the most valuable sites where developers would seek to site large family houses

·  how the housing mix could be enforced within each Housing Market Characteristic Area

·  that the number of older people varied between Wards, with some areas having a disproportionately high number of retired and older people and that the focus had to be on the needs of the City in terms of older peoples housing rather than what the volume house builders wanted to provide

·  the need to translate the strategic into delivery through the decisions of Plans Panels.  The Head of Forward Planning and Implementation suggested that an explanation of the relevant policy – H4 – would provide additional clarity

·  the role of Ward Members in this debate and of communities through Neighbourhood Plans and that having to ensure Neighbourhood Plans complied with the Core Strategy placed limits and restrictions on what could be achieved in local areas.  In respect of one particular case highlighted by a Panel Member, the Chief Planning Officer agreed to look into this matter outside of the meeting

·  the need to ensure when siting accommodation for older people that it was well integrated into the wider community to prevent social isolation

RESOLVED -  To endorse the overall approach to the identification of

sites for homes for older people, within the SAP and the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan, having regard to the comments now made


  During consideration of this matter Councillor J Procter left the meeting




Dates and Times of Next Meetings

Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 9.30am

Tuesday 16th June 2015 at 1.30pm

Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 1.30pm


  Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 9.30am

  Tuesday 16th June 2015 at 9.30am

  Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 1.30pm