Agenda and draft minutes

City Plans Panel - Thursday, 11th August, 2022 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Andy Booth, 0113 3788665  Email: andy.booth@leeds.gov.uk

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Items
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21.

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.

 

 

22.

Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of 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:

There was no exempt information.

 

 

23.

Late Items

 

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

 

(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items.

 

 

24.

Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.

Minutes:

There were no declarations.

 

 

25.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors C Campbell and D Cohen.

 

Councillor B Anderson was in attendance as substitute.

 

 

26.

Minutes - 14 July 2022 pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2022.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

 

27.

Application 19/04510/FU - Sayner Lane and Clarence Road, Hunslet, Leeds pdf icon PDF 755 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for a multi-generation building comprising a primary school, nursery, 72 bed care home, 80 flats and café at Sayner Lane and Clarence Road,Hunslet, Leeds

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for a multi-generation building comprising a primary school, nursery, 72 bed care home, 80 flats and a café at Sayner Lane and Clarence Road, Hunslet Leeds.

 

Members visited the site prior to the meeting and site plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

The following was highlighted in relation to the application:

 

·  The site was a brownfield site and allocated for development under the Aire Valley Action Plan.

·  The original plan to have a buffer between the site and glassworks was not to be carried through.  Air quality and noise reports had been agreed with Environmental Health and there would be mechanical ventilation to avoid any amenity problems.

·  There would be the provision of 80 apartments, a 72 bed care home, provision for a primary school, a nursey and a café.

·  The proposals were for the scheme to be relatively traffic free with some parking spaces for the care home and disabled parking.

·  Tree planting was proposed to be in excess of the guidelines but there would be a commuted sum if that was not achievable.

·  There would be a commuted sum for the biodiversity shortfall on site.

·  The apartments were all considered to be policy compliant with full delivery of affordable and accessible housing.

·  Carbon saving – council and building regulation standards would be exceeded.

·  Floor plans for the development were displayed.

·  Off site highways works and delivery would include parking, requirements for traffic calming, crossing points and traffic islands.  These would be conditioned as part of the application.  There would also be a commuted sum to off site traffic regulation orders.

·  The proposals were not considered to be harmful to nearby listed buildings.

 

 

In response to questions and comments from the Panel, the following was discussed:

 

·  With regards to connectivity the application was part of a wider estate and works were already underway on other sites which included public access routes and a footbridge over the river.

·  There was education provision for older children in the local area and there had not been any concerns raised by Children’s Services regarding provision for older children.

·  There would be natural surveillance for the pedestrian routes as they ran through residential areas.  There would also be street lighting.

·  There would not be a specific pick up and drop off point for the school but would be some opportunity for short stay parking on surrounding streets.  Pupils and staff would be encouraged not to travel by car.

·  There was no provision for a GP surgery within this scheme but in the wider estate there was opportunity to provide space for a GP surgery and this could be considered for future phases.

·  Data had shown that people living in this kind of development reduced their car ownership.

·  The cheapest properties provided in the area would be approximately £140,000.  Affordable properties would be available throughout the scheme and would be developed to the same quality as other  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Application 22/00361/FU - Land off Water Lane, Holbeck Leeds pdf icon PDF 9 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for a multi-level residential development (Class C3) with associated hard and soft landscaping and rooftop amenity space at a site on land off Water Lane, Holbeck, Leeds

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for a multi-level residential development (Class C3) with associated hard and soft landscaping and rooftop amenity space at a site on land off Water Lane, Holbeck, Leeds.

 

The application had been deferred at the previous meeting of the City Plans Panel.

 

Site Plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

The following was highlighted in relation to the application:

 

·  Panel concerns on viability and lack of affordable housing – the applicant had worked with their funding provider to take a longer term approach which allowed for an enhanced offer.  There would now be 5% affordable housing and these would all be 3 bedroom units.  There would also be funding towards pedestrian works.

·  Concerns regarding carbon emissions and lack of 100% electrical vehicle charging at the outset – there would now be 100% availability at the time of the first occupation.

·  The site was connected to other developments in the area and was compatible with the emerging character of the area.

·  Pedestrian improvements included new crossing points, wider footpaths and additional lighting under the viaduct arches.

·  There was a reduction in the travel plan funding but an improved offer for provision of greenspace in the wider area.

·  Housing mix – city centre living showed that there was a need for more smaller units.

·  Landscaping – there would be provision of informal children’s play areas and use of natural materials.

·  The development would have a 100% electric heating system and there would be use of mechanical ventilation and photo voltaic cells.

 

In response to questions and comments from the Panel, the following was discussed:

 

·  Members were supportive of the proposed improvements to the movement of traffic including the provision of a one way system.

·  Benches with back supports would be provided in the open spaces.

·  There would be a maintenance agreement for the play equipment.

·  Members were supportive of the revised proposals and officers and the developers were thanked for their work in addressing the concerns previously raised.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be deferred and delegated to the Chief Planning Officer for approval, subject to the conditions at Appendix 2 of the report (and any amendment to or addition of others which the Chief Planning Officer considers appropriate), subject to resolving the outstanding concerns of the Health and Safety Executive and subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement to secure the following:

1.  Employment and training of local people

2.  Publicly accessible areas

3.  Affordable housing provision which is subject to viability (in line with option 4 as detailed in paragraph 8.9 and Appendix 1 of the report)

4.  Travel Plan review fee

5.  The provision of two Leeds City Council Car Club provider parking spaces

6.  The provision of a Residential Travel Plan Fund which is subject to viability (see paragraphs 8.12, 8.13 and Appendix 1 of the report)

7.  A contribution towards pedestrian and cycle improvements in the area which is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

Application 22/01889/FU - Yorkshire Bank, Merrion Way and land fronting Leeds Arena, Clay Pit Lane, Leeds pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding aa hybrid planning application for the demolition of Yorkshire Bank, Merrion Way and the construction of two student residential accommodation buildings and a multi-use events building on the site of Yorkshire Bank, Merrion Way and land fronting Leeds Arena, Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NZ

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a hybrid planning application for the demolition of Yorkshire Bank, Merrion Way and the construction of two student residential accommodation buildings and a multi-use events building on the site of the Yorkshire Bank, Merrion Way and land fronting Leeds Arena, Clay Pit Lane, Leeds.

 

Site plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

Further issues highlighted in relation to the application included the following:

 

·  The application sought the demolition of the existing Yorkshire Bank building, the construction of two multi storey student accommodation blocks and outline permission for a multi-purpose events building. Pre-application presentations had been received by the Panel in September and November 2021.

·  The site fell within the city centre boundary and the proposals were appropriate for the area.

·  The scale of the proposed buildings was appropriate for the area which was mentioned in the tall buildings design guide.

·  Views of the site from surrounding areas were displayed.

·  It was proposed to phase the development with the first two phases being the student accommodation blocks.

·  There would be landscaping with additional tree planting.

·  Floor plans of the proposed student accommodation buildings were shown.  Room sizes met guidelines.

·  CGI images of the proposed buildings were displayed and Members were shown samples of the proposed materials to be used.

·  The proposed multi-purpose events building would be equivalent to seven storeys in height.

·  The site was not in a flood risk area but there was a need to manage the drainage of surface water.

·  A revised report was currently under consideration by the Nature Conservation officer.

·  There was ongoing discussion with the Health and Safety Executive regarding fire safety.

·  There had been objections to the application, primarily due to the provision of a multi-purpose events venue.  These related to the impact of the multi-purpose events building on Harrogate.  An assessment had been provided which indicated 1% of trade would be diverted away from Harrogate and 6% from Harrogate Convention Centre.

 

The Panel heard objections from a representative of the Harrogate Convention Centre.  These related to the proposals for a multi-purpose events centre and included the following:

 

·  There was no objection to the student accommodation blocks.

·  The main objection was the absence of consultation between Leeds City Council with Harrogate Convention Centre and Harrogate Borough Council regarding the proposals.  It was not believed that the impact on Harrogate had been assessed and that the economic assessment case was flawed, inaccurate and out of date.

·  It was felt that the negative impact on Harrogate had been underestimated by 15%.

·  There had been a strong relationship between the Convention Centre and Leeds City Council and it was surprising that there had not been any consultation.

·  In response to questions, the following was discussed:

o  Although there had not been a formal  planning consultation with Harrogate Borough Council regarding the submitted application, prior to submission of the application, there had been contact between Leeds City Council Director of City Development and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.

30.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday, 8 September 2022 at 1.30 p.m.

Minutes:

Thursday, 8 September at 1.30 p.m.