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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 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)
There were no appeals against refusal.
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 were no exempt 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).
There were no formal late items.
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.
Apologies for Absence
There had been no apologies for absence received.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 29th July 2020 as a correct record.
RESOLVED- That the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meeting held on 29 July 2020 be approved as an accurate record.
To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer that provides an update on the Legal Challenge to the Site Allocations Plan. The paper provides the latest information on the legal challenge and an outline of the immediate tasks required and the process moving forwards for consideration by Members.
Further to the minutes of the meeting held 29th July 2020, the report of the Chief Planning Officer invited Members to note the position on the Legal Challenge to the Site Allocations Plan (SAP). The report outlined immediate tasks required, along with the next steps in terms of moving forward.
The following had been appended to the submitted report:
o Approved Judgement (Appendix 1)
o The list of sites within the SAP affected by the High Court Judgement (Appendix 2)
o Former Green Belt housing allocations (Appendix 3)
o Table showing Outstanding Housing Capacity Pre Judgement and Post Judgement (Appendix 4)
The Team Leader (Policy and Plans) informed the Panel on the latest position of the Legal Challenge. It was noted that the High Court has now ordered relief. The effect on the relief is that all parts of the SAP which allocates sites for housing before the adoption of the SAP, were in the greenbelt (37 sites), will be remitted back to the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspectorate for further examination. It was confirmed that during the remittal process, the 37 sites will be considered as not adopted and will return to the Green Belt until re-examined. A number of implications had been identified as a result of the Judgement, and are as follows:
· The Council’s Five Year Housing Land Supply, has been reduced from 7.2 years to 6.1 years;
· The sites adopted in the SAP and Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP) reduces the plan supply to 46,530 homes overall. The uneven distribution of outstanding housing capacity is a result of eight HMCAs in deficit of indicative targets and only three in surplus – windfall sites add to the supply, which currently totals 50,100 homes.
· Officers have commenced work on updating housing supply evidence – Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and will identify any further modifications to the Plan;
· Policy HGR1 of the adopted SAP – given the Order to remit it is not possible to submit a review for housing allocations and safeguarded land by 2021. However, as part of the remittal process the Council will be required to review the additional need for housing allocations post 2023. It was confirmed that depending on their nature the proposals to the Secretary of State could include the deletion of Policy HGR1, removing the need for a SAP review.
It was confirmed that work updating the SHLAA was estimated to be concluded between 6-8 weeks. Following the conclusion of updating data and evidence, a report would be considered at the Development Plan Panel meeting in December 2020.
In responding to Members comments and questions, the following had been discussed:
· Review of HMCAs and target figures – a review at this stage was not required due to HMCAs being considered as part of the recent CSSR which was Adopted in 2019, and further focus was required on the re-examination of the 37 sites. The target figures are indicative, and there wouldn’t be a desire to ... view the full minutes text for item 15.
To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer that provides an early overview of proposals in the Government’s White Paper on reform of the Planning System. For each of the proposal topics officers raise matters that may require consideration for Members as part of the Council’s consultation response. There are also particular comments on the potential implications for the Local Plan Update. The report is also an opportunity for Members to provide their own comments on the proposals, in order to aid officers in preparing a draft response to the consultation, to be brought to DPP in October for endorsement.
The Planning Strategy Team Leader (Policy & Plans) presented a report which provided Members with an overview of proposals in the Government’s White Paper on reform of the Planning System, noting that the consultation would end 29 October 2020.
A copy of the consultation questions as part of the Planning White Paper consultation had been appended to the report and can be found at Appendix 1.
The report outlined the potential implications for planning in Leeds and provided an understanding of the proposals in the White Paper that had been split into three topic areas. The following key headlines and matters for consideration in terms of the consultation responses had been highlighted:
Planning for Development
· Designations of land for Growth, Renewal or Protection. Complexities included area needs in relation to the variety of communities and urban areas in Leeds;
· Proposed set of Development Management policies established at a national scale. To avoid repeating policies as set out in local plan, instead concentrating on site or area specific requirements;
· Review of the Standard Method for calculation housing requirements;
· Faster decision making in relation to planning applications to be streamlined.
Beautiful and Sustainable Places
· The important role for Local Design Codes in terms of planning applications;
· Considerations around proposals for improvements in the energy efficiency standards for buildings to deliver a commitment to net-zero by 2050 and conserving and enhancing historic buildings.
Infrastructure and Connected Places
· The replacement of S106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system with a single levy.
It was acknowledged that the proposals of the Planning White Paper would result in significant changes in how planning matters are dealt with in Leeds, and required input from Local Authorities in moving forward.
The Panel noted the responses submitted, and further comments had been discussed:
· The White Paper’s commitment to net-zero by 2050 was not ambitious enough compared with Leeds’ commitment to zero carbon by 2030.
· Concerns that the White Paper does not address housebuilder land banking issues.
· Concerns regarding infill sites in terms of urban areas, and the implementation of green infrastructure across communities.
· The proposal to replace statutory site notices with digital options would not cater for the variety of communities across Leeds.
· Considerations around how the White Paper reforms would affect wider community understanding and involvement in the planning system.
It was agreed that a unified approach was required in responding to the consultation in a coherent way, and a suggestion was made for working groups to be arranged to provide cross political party consensus on planning matters at a local level. Officers confirmed that additional sessions would be arranged through working group sessions prior to the next formal meeting in October.
a) To note the contents of the report along with the Panel’s discussions;
b) To request that a series of working groups be arranged in conjunction with the Chair, Development Plan Panel Members and officers to allow Members to comment on the proposals prior to a draft response being finalised;
c) To note that ... view the full minutes text for item 16.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
To note the date and time of the next meeting as Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at 1.30 pm.
RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as 13 October 2020 at 1.30 p.m.
The meeting ended at 15:25.