Agenda and draft minutes

City Plans Panel
Thursday, 21st May, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting via Skype

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

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Items
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141.

Chair's Opening Remarks

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The Chair welcomed everyone to this first “remote meeting” of City Plans Panel which was being broadcast live via webcast.

 

The Chair explained that internet connectivity may be an issue for some participants and suggested it may be appropriate to appoint a Vice Chair who could assume the Chair should the Chair loose connectivity.

 

The Chair proposed that Councillor Caroline Gruen be nominated as the Vice Chair, the proposal was seconded, upon been put to the vote the motion was passed.

 

 

142.

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)

 

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There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.

 

143.

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:-

 

 

 

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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.

 

144.

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)

 

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There were no late items of business identified.

145.

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. 

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

146.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)

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There were no apologies for absence.

147.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 290 KB

To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th March 2020.

 

 

(Copy attached)

 

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The minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th March 2020 were submitted for comment/ approval.

 

Commenting on Minute No. 137 - Application No.19/01666/FU – Mixed use development to land at Kirkstall Hill, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3BH – Referring to the Members comments section, Members expressed the view that the highway network within the area was already at full capacity and could the issue of highway infrastructure be looked at further.

 

RESOLVED – That, with the inclusion of the above, the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th March 2020 be accepted as a true and correct record.

 

148.

Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting

To consider any matters arising from the previous meeting.

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There were no issues raised under Matters Arising.

149.

Application No.17/08262/OT - Outline planning application for a residential development with all matters reserved save for the two principle accesses off Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road, (but not to include access within the site), three points of access at Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane, associated works, public open space provision and accessibility and qualitative improvements to local greenspace at land off Haigh Moor Road and Westerton Road, West Ardsley, Leeds, WF3. pdf icon PDF 7 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an outline application for a residential development with all matters reserved save for the two principle accesses off Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road, (but not to include access within the site), three points of access at Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane, associated works, public open space provision and accessibility and qualitative improvements to local greenspace at land off Haigh Moor Road and Westerton Road, West Ardsley, Leeds, WF3.

 

 

(Report attached)

 

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With reference to the meeting of 30th January 2020 and the decision to defer determination of the applicationto allow the Chief Planning Officer to prepare and bring back to Panel detailed reasons for refusal based on the following:

 

·  The narrowness and nature of the access roads leading to the entrances to the sites

·  The lack of information on the mitigation that is required to address the impact on the local highway junctions

·  The failure of the site to meet the Core Strategy accessibility standards for housing development

 

Site photographs and plans were displayed and referred to throughout the meeting.

 

The Chief Planning Officer now submitted a report which set out the detailed reasons for refusal based on the issues raised by Panel. The report explained that Members were not supportive of the original Officer recommendation of approval and in line with paragraph 6.3 of the Council’s Planning Code and Good Practice, where a decision by Members differs from the Planning Officer’s recommendation, the Chief Planning Officer should provide provisional reasons for refusal, with an explanation of the implications of such action, Sections, 3, 4 and 5 of the submitted report refer.

 

The Planning Case Officer also explained that since the last Panel meeting representations had been received from the applicant’s agent which raised various matters relating to material considerations; which are summarised as follows:

 

·  It is regarded that the resolution is unreasonable and of significant concern given the implications such a decision has on the implementation of the recently adopted Development Plan;

·  The decision sends a wrong signal to those within the development industry and undermines several years of working with the Council to adopt a sustainable strategy for this site;

·  Contact with the housebuilding industry is ongoing and serious concerns over investment in Leeds is raised due to this application disregarding the clear aims of the Development Plan;

·  The matters motioned to form the basis of the refusal have all been clearly identified at the Examination in Public of the SAP

 

The Planning Case Officer also referred to additional comments received since the agenda was published particularly from local members, and reiterated that new comments,  including those from West Ardsley Access Group, who had raised concerns about the  lack of opportunity to address the Panel at this meeting,  did not raise any new material considerations.

 

In addition, Officers reported that further information had been received from the applicant, which sought to address concerns raised by Members regarding the accessibility of the site in regards to Policy T2 of the Core Strategy. The additional information had included 2 technical notes responding to the three points referenced in paragraph 1.7 of the submitted report.

 

The information received included agreement for the applicant to make further contributions, secured through the proposed Section 106 agreement, for improvements to the local bus services. The applicant had discussed the existing bus services within the area with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) which has outlined potential improvements that could be made to the local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 149.

150.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The date and time of next meeting to be announced at a later date.

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RESOLVED – To note that the date and time of the next meeting would be announced in due course.