Agenda and minutes

City Plans Panel
Thursday, 14th February, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: John Grieve , 0113 3788662  Email: john.grieve@leeds.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

A Member’s site visit was held in connection with the following applications:

Application No.18/04695/OT – Land at 177 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, and PREAPP/18/00583 – College of Technology, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds and was attended by the following Councillors: J Mckenna, A Garthwaite, P Carlill, C Gruen, C Campbell, B Anderson, P Wadsworth, T Leadley and D Blackburn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

130.

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.

 

131.

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 were no items identified where it was considered necessary to exclude the press or public from the meeting due to the confidential nature of the business to be considered.

132.

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 of business identified.

 

133.

Declarations 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:

There were no declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests.

 

134.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

135.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th January 2019.

 

 

(Copy attached)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th January 2019 were submitted for comment / approval.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th January 2019 be accepted as a true and correct record.

 

136.

Matters Arising from the Minutes

To consider any matters arising from the minutes.

Minutes:

Application No.18/06677/FU (Minute No.125) – With reference to the landscaping treatment Councillor Nash asked if she could be supplied with details of the species of trees to be used.

 

The City Centre Team Leader confirmed that the requested information would be made available to Councillor Nash.

 

On the same item one Member queried possible inconsistences in the public speaking protocol, suggesting that one speaker had spoken twice on the same item which was not permissible under the existing protocol.

 

In responding the City Centre Team Leader said that during the questioning of another speaker new information came to light which could only be clarified by the previous speaker. It was at the discretion of the Chair that the earlier speaker was permitted to address Panel for a second occasion.

137.

Application No. 18/04695/OT - Outline Application (Access, layout and scale) for residential led scheme for 272 units with ancillary ground floor commercial uses (450 sqm) and undercroft car parking at the corner of Kirkstall Road and Viaduct Road, former Thyssenkrupp Industrial site. pdf icon PDF 7 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an application which seeks outline planning consent (Access, layout and scale) for residential led scheme for 272 units with ancillary ground floor commercial uses (450 sqm) and undercroft car parking at the corner of Kirkstall Road and Viaduct Road, former Thyssenkrupp Industrial site.

 

 

(Report attached)

 

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which set out details of an application which sought outline planning consent (Access, layout and scale) for a residential led scheme for 272 units with ancillary ground floor commercial uses (450 sqm) and undercroft car parking to land at 177 Kirkstall Road (former Thyssenkrupp Industrial site) corner of Kirkstall Road and Viaduct Road.

 

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

 

Planning Officers together with the applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site/ location/ context

·  Site layout

·  Erection of 4 buildings between 4 and 9 storeys in height

·  272 residential units (127 x 1 bedroom units, 140 x 2 bedroom units and 5 x 3 bedroom units)

·  Provision of 3 commercial units

·  The site access point is located on Viaduct Road

·  Large open space within the site

·  Series of pedestrian routes through the site with links to footpaths outside the site

·  Landscape proposals/ water features

·  Undercroft car parking

·  Refuse and cycle storage

·  Some sections of the curved boundary wall along Kirkstall Road would be retained

 

Members raised the following questions:

 

·  The “L” shaped area of land in close proximity to the river, was it in the ownership of the City Council 

·  Was there connectivity to the river and the canal through the site. 

·  The Kirkstall Road/ Viaduct Road junction was heavily congested with traffic resulting in poor air quality, could more greenery / hedges be planted near that junction

·  How would the car parking at ground level be screened 

·  It was suggested that some of the pavements appeared narrow and in close proximity to the road, could some of these pavements be widened

·  Were Highways Officer’s satisfied with the access onto Viaduct Road 

·  Were the refuse storage areas large enough to cater for future recycling systems and appropriately orientated within the site

·  Would access for refuse vehicles be sufficient 

 

In responding to the issues raised, the applicant’s representative and council officers said:

 

·  Members were informed that the “L” shaped area of land as identified on the submitted plan was in the ownership of the City Council and it was understood that there were ongoing discussions with Asset Management with regard to its future use.

·  Members were informed that access to both the river and the canal was only achieved by Viaduct Road

·  Members were informed that part of the retained boundary wall ran along  the Kirkstall Road/ Viaduct Road junction, however, it may be possible to include more greenery/ hedges behind the boundary wall

·  Members were informed that all residential car parking would be at ground level and under the buildings (Undercroft parking) and would be screened by the use of artistic louvers

·  Officers reported that that there may be potential to widen some of the footpaths

·  Highways Officer’s confirmed there were no issues with the access point on Viaduct Road and they were satisfied with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 137.

138.

PREAPP/ 18/00525 - Pre Application Presentation for Reserved Matters (Scale, appearance and landscaping) for new Multi Storey Car Park and impact on extent outline permission at Quarry Hill, Phase 2 (SOYO) Leeds. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a Pre Application Proposal for Reserved Matters (Scale, appearance and landscaping) for new Multi Storey Car Park and impact on extent outline permission at Quarry Hill, Phase 2 (SOYO) Leeds.

 

 

(Report attached)

 

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which set out details of a

pre-application proposal for Reserved Matters (Scale, appearance and landscaping) for new Multi Storey Car Park and impact on external outline permission at Quarry Hill, Phase 2 (SOYO) Leeds.

 

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

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site / location/ context

·  City Centre location

·  SOYO Masterplan (Caddick Development)

·  The appearance, scale and landscaping in relation to the Multi Storey Car Park on phase 2 of the Quarry Hill Development

·  Proposed changes to the existing Section 106 Agreement in respect of the operation of the car park( Variation on the use of short stay spaces and removal of post 6.00pm requirements)

·  A proposed increase in the number of vehicle spaces from 578 to 610

·  It was reported that the Leeds Playhouse were supportive of the proposals

·  Commercial units located at ground level

·  Car park façade, diamond motif with natural ventilation

·  Plinth element of base (Darker in colour)

·  Proposals for public realm / landscaping works

·  Lighting scheme – Low level lighting to landscaped areas, security lighting and street lighting

 

Members raised the following questions:

 

·  Were there any contractual car parking arrangements in place between the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Victoria Gate  multi – storey car park

·  Would there be sufficient evening car parking within the Quarry Hill car park given the level of contractual car parking

·  How do you discourage work space commuter parking

·  The dark coloured base plinth, could this create dark spaces and create areas of unsafety for users and passers-byes 

·  What would the experience be like for users of the car park generally, particularly considering user safety

·  If limitations had previously been placed on the car parking arrangements, why were these deemed to be no longer required

·  How had the alterations made to block layout (i.e. folding-plate approach) and internal floorspace altered car parking capacity

 

In responding to the issues raised, the applicant’s representative and council officer’s said:

 

·  Members were informed that there is no contractual link between the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Victoria Gate  multi – storey car park

·  The applicant reported that 250 spaces were proposed for contractual car parking, which in their opinion was considered to be sufficient and there was currently no intension to increase that number.

·  Members were informed that a full day charge would apply after 5 hours and so punitive charges would be the intended approach to discourage work space commuter parking, which would be monitored over time.

·  Members were informed that the base and landscaped areas would be well lit using low level lighting to landscaped areas, security lighting and street lighting. This would be in accordance with acceptable lighting standards.

·  It was also reported that CCTV would be operational which required good levels of lighting.

·  In offering a comment, the Chief Planning Officer noted that it would always be difficult to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 138.

139.

PREAPP/18/00583 - Pre-application presentation of proposed Student Residential Accommodation Development with ground floor Commercial Space, site of Leeds College of Technology, Woodhouse Lane, Cookridge Street, and Vernon Street, Leeds LS2 8BL pdf icon PDF 11 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a Pre-application presentation of proposed Student Residential Accommodation Development with ground floor Commercial Space, site of Leeds College of Technology, Woodhouse Lane, Cookridge Street, and Vernon Street, Leeds LS2 8BL

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which set out details of a

pre-application proposal for a student residential accommodation development with ground floor commercial space to site of Leeds College of Technology, Woodhouse Lane, Cookridge Street and Vernon Street, Leeds, LS2 8BL.

 

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

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site / location/ context

·  City Centre location

·  Demolition of existing building and the construction of a 20 storey tower with part 8 and part 6 storey linked elements located to the west.

·  Building to contain 458 bed-spaces (379 bedrooms in 4,5,6,7 and 8 bedroom cluster flats and 79 studios)

·  Clusters would be 13m2with cluster amenity spaces ranging from 23.3m2for the four-bedroom clusters to 40.1m2. The studios would range in size from 21.6-31.4m2, with an average size of 25m2. 880m2of dedicated amenity space (in addition to the cluster kitchen amenity spaces) would be provided for the students at lower levels of the building.

·  Areas for cycle storage, bin storage and plant would be located on the lower levels.

·  The 3 inter-linked buildings would create courtyard and public realm areas

·  The provision of wider footpaths enhance pedestrian / public realm areas (Public Art with the public realm areas)

·  Proposed no parking on Vernon Street 

·  Materials – Natural stone or reconstituted stone

·  Two commercial units along the Woodhouse Lane frontage

 

Members raised the following questions:

 

·  The size of the apartments appeared to be too small, what were the actual sizes of the living accommodation

·  Provision that would be made for communal areas and inclusion of cluster flats vs. studios to combat potential isolation of occupants

·  Were there any proposals for the building to be carbon neutral/ achieve BREEAM Excellent standards

·  There was a lack of street level greenery, could green walls be considered

·  Where would the pick-up and drop off areas be located

·  How did the developer intend to work with the Council to ensure the pedestrianisation of Vernon Street and creation of this into an area of public realm provision

 

In responding to the issues raised, the applicant’s representative and council officer’s said:

 

·  Members were informed that the living accommodation for a typical cluster flat was 13m2but in addition there was a further 880m2 of dedicated amenity space for students at the lower levels of the building. Members were informed that there was a push by developers to create more social space to avoid student isolation.

·  Members were informed that carbon reduction would be achieved by the use of a central CHP heat recovery system reducing co2 emissions by up to 30%

·  Members were advised that the introduction of green walls within the court yard areas would be considered

·  Highways officers reported that an area designated for drop-off/ pick up and loading would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.

140.

Application 18/05017/FU - Removal of Condition 50 (MLLR Delivery) of Approval 16/07938/OT, on land between Barrowby Lane and Manston Lane, Thorpe Park, Leeds - Update Report pdf icon PDF 720 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which provides an update on Application 18/05017/FU – Removal of condition 50 (MLLR deliver) of approval 16/07938/OT, on land between Barrowby Lane and Manston Lane, Thorpe Park, Leeds.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which provided an update in respect of an application for the removal of Condition 50 (MLLR delivery) of approval 16/07938/OT on land between Barrowby Lane and Manston Lane, Thorpe Park, Leeds.

 

Members noted that this report had been submitted as part of the agreement to bring regular updates to Panel regarding the Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR). 

 

It was reported that work was currently on schedule with an anticipated completion for the MLLR project of 9th April 2019

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)  That the contents of the report be noted.

 

(ii)  To note that the anticipated completion for the MLLR project was 9th April 2019

 

141.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 7th March 2019 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 7th March 2019 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.