Agenda and minutes

City Plans Panel
Thursday, 18th July, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: John Grieve , 0113 3788662  Email:

No. Item

A Members site visit was held in connection with the following application:

Application No. 18/04404/OT – Proposed residential development on land off Pontefract Lane, Richmond Hill, Leeds and was attended by the following Councillors:, D Blackburn, C Campbell, P Carlill,  A Garthwaite, C Gruen, J McKenna, E Nash, P Wadsworth, and P Gruen.



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 the refusal of inspection of documents.



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:-





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.



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)



There were no late items of business identified.



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. 


There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests made at the meeting.


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)


There were no apologies for absence.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 27th June 2019.



(Copy attached)


The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 27th June 2019 were submitted for comment/ approval.


With reference to Minute No. 19, Members requested a minor amendment deleting the word “some” from the third bullet point in the Members questions, section.


Members also sought an amendment to Minute No. 21, the final bullet point of Members feedback to read “The provision of car parking for school staff together with disabled parking facilities, the provision of a pick-up and drop off area and how to address the noise from the nearby glass factory were fundamental issues”.


RESOLVED – That, with the inclusion of the above amendments, the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 27th June 2019 be agreed as a true and correct record.



Matters Arising from the Minutes

To consider any Matters Arising from the minutes.


PREAPP/16/00453 – Pre-application proposal for Reserved Matters for 2 part six, part 8 storey office buildings and phases 1a & 1b of the City Centre Park at the former Tetley Brewery site, Hunslet Road, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 1JQ (Minute No.20 referred) – Referring to the City Centre Park, Councillor Nash reported that she had had satisfactory discussions with officers and the applicant about the landscaping proposals, particularly relating to the tree species envisaged as part of the proposals. She had been informed that a significant amount of top soil would be used on site to assist tree growth, and the species of tree to be used would include: a variety of Birch trees, Hawthorn, Rowan, Horse Chestnut and Lime trees, there was also a suggestion that a number of Giant Sequoia trees may be planted.


Commenting on the David Oluwale Memorial Garden, Councillor Nash said this would be a subtle feature, located in a suitable location.


The Chair referred to a recent meeting of the Joint Plans Panel when provision of future training for Members on landscaping / tree planting was considered.


The Chief Planning Officer said preparations were currently being drawn up for a Members Workshop. Members would be notified once the arrangements were finalised.



Application No. 18/04404/OT - Outline Application for Residential Development of up to 701 Dwellings and Associated Landscaping, Infrastructure and Public Open Space at Land off Pontefract, Lane, Richmond Hill, Leeds pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an outline application for residential development of up to 701 dwellings and associated landscaping, infrastructure and public open space at Land off Pontefract, Lane, Richmond Hill, Leeds.



(Report attached)


The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which set out details of an outline application for residential development of up to 701 dwellings and associated landscaping, infrastructure and public open space at Land off Pontefract, Lane, Richmond Hill, Leeds.


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 addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:


·  Site / location/ context

·  The is an allocated housing site in the Aire Valley

·  The application site is located on a plateau

·  Key green infrastructure is located around the site

·  This application is for Phase 2 of the development

·  The proposal is for 701 dwellings with associated landscaping, infrastructure and public open space

·  Dwellings to be two storey in height around the edge of the site, some three storey dwellings within the centre of the site

·  The access points are not yet fixed

·  Indicative layout at this stage, further details would be provided at the Reserved Matters stage

·  Good access to amenity space in the north of the site

·  Good pedestrian and cycling routes

·  Some activity still ongoing on the restored landfill site

·  Further exploration of Core Strategy Policy EN4 – Connection to District Heating Network

·  Site is located nearby to the proposed HS2 depot 

·  Off-site highway improvement works required on the Bullerthorpe Lane junction (Section 106 Obligation)

·  Flood risk assessment

·  Update provided on the position regarding the Environment Agency’s earlier Holding Direction with regard to the application

·  Site Allocation Plan (SAP) now adopted at Full Council on Wednesday 10th July 2019, such that the authority now has a 5.5 year housing land supply


Members raised the following questions:


·  Clarification regarding when activities on the neighbouring landfill site were likely to be completed, including the movement of waste internally on-site (not simply delivery of the same from external locations)

·  The site is located on a raised plateau, would residential dwellings be seen on the skyline

·  Members queried the use of the phrase “tilted balance” in paragraph 11.5 of the submitted report and the overall wording used in the Officer’s concluding remarks in the report

·  From the centre of the Phase 2 site, what was the walking distance to the Park and Ride facility

·  The report title gave the impression that part of the site was located in the Richmond Hill Ward, could clarification be provided

·  Members noted that as part of the Section 106 Agreement a shuttle bus service would be provided, Members queried if any discussions had taken place with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to provide a regular bus route

·  The phasing of the developments and guarantee that the site as a whole would actually be successfully completed, including whether it could be possible for phase 2 to be completed before phase 1

·  Likely time-frame envisaged for the Reserved Matters application coming forward

·  Reference was made to the SAP, Members sought clarification that the authority now had a five  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 8th August 2019 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.


To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 8th August 2019 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.


The Chief Planning Officer


The Chair announced that this would be the final meeting for Tim Hill, the Chief Planning Officer before he left the employ of the City Council.


The Chair thanked Tim for the work he’d overseen in recent years, commenting that he’s been an excellent Chief Planning Officer and his services and contributions would be greatly missed.


Members joined the Chair in wishing Tim best wishes in his further endeavours.