Agenda and draft minutes

City Plans Panel - Thursday, 8th April, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting - Zoom

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Items
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112.

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.

 

113.

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.

 

114.

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.

115.

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 Disclosable Pecuniary Interest made at the meeting.

116.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)

Minutes:

Apologies of absence were received from Councillor R Finnigan.

117.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 352 KB

To consider and approve the Minute of the previous meeting held on 11th March 2021.

 

 

(Copy attached)

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 11th March 2021 were submitted for comment/ approval.

 

Councillor Campbell sought a number of amendments to Minute No.107 - Leeds Bradford Airport Application, to read as follows:

 

6th bullet point (page 9)

 

Members were generally satisfied with the extent of landscaping and mature/semi mature tree planting, there was however, a desire to see more trees planted locally. Members also sought details for off-site planting, the inclusion of a Management plan for the proposed environmental areas together with arrangements for public access

 

7th Bullet point (page 9)

 

A number of Members expressed concern that the cycle path should not pass through the car park and requested further discussions take place regarding cycle path implementation. Proposed improvements to the cycle links within the vicinity of the airport including funding cycle links from Victoria Road along the western part of Whitehouse Lane, were accepted.

 

Changes to Resolution A… (iii) of Minute No.107 - Leeds Bradford Airport Application to read “that further negotiations take place regarding the extent of demolition of the existing terminal building and following the completion of the Section 106 Agreement with the Head of Terms as detailed within paragraph 41 of the submitted report and presented verbally to Members for off-site planting and cycle path implementation

 

RESOLVED – That with the inclusion of the above, the minutes of the previous meeting held on 11th March 2021 be accepted as a true and correct record.

 

118.

Matters Arising from the Minutes

To consider any matters arising from the minutes.

Minutes:

(A)With reference to resolution (B) of Minute No.107 - Leeds Bradford Airport Application “That the application be referred to the Secretary of State in relation to inappropriate development within the Green Belt”. Members sought clarification on recent media reports which suggested the Secretary of State had put an indefinite hold on the application.

 

In responding the Planning Case Officer confirmed that the application had been called in by the Secretary of State who had subsequently informed the City Council that more time was necessary to consider the application. Members were informed there was no suggestion of an “indefinite hold” within the letter received from the Secretary of State.

 

(B)As previously discussed on a number of occasions, Members referred to the length of time taken for Section 106 Agreements to be completed. Members were of the view that it was not right for developers to finalise the agreement long after a resolution to grant planning permission had been made. Members suggested the introductions of sanctions if the outstanding issues could not be satisfactorily addressed and agreement reached on Section 106 Agreements within an appropriate period. Particular reference was made to the Northern Quadrant planning obligations, in light of the significant period of time that the Agreement relating to the site has been under negotiation. 

 

It was agreed that an update report on the Section 106 Agreement for Northern Quadrant would be prepared for the next meeting of City Plans Panel.  Consideration of sanctions against developers in respect of planning obligation agreements not concluded within the allotted period of time could be considered at Joint Plans Panel.

 

 

119.

Application No.19/05272/FU - Full application for 152 dwellings, Horsforth Campus, Calverley Lane, Horsforth pdf icon PDF 9 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an application which seeks full consent for the development of 152 dwellings on the former Horsforth Campus site, Calverley Lane, Horsforth.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

With reference to the meeting of 25th February 2021 and the decision to defer determination of the application to facilitate the provision of further information regarding House Types (C, E2, & F) along with the design and massing of the apartment block and also information on the following:

 

·  Details on how compliance with Core Strategy Policies EN1 & EN2 would be achieved

·  Potential costs to and obligations on residents with regard to Green Space maintenance

·  The issue of pavement parking

·  Potential lighting of the cycle routes

 

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report indicating that following discussions with officers, the developer had made changes to the design of the individual house types with properties now being more bespoke to the site as well as to their local environment, taking on board elements from properties within the Horsforth area. The applicant had also provided further information on specific elements of the proposal as requested by Members.

 

Members were informed that officers remained satisfied that the proposal was compliant with policy and guidance in relation to the specific elements in light of the further detail provided and continue to consider that the development  is acceptable as proposed.

 

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

 

The Planning Group Manager reminded Panel of the concerns raised previously and the proposed revisions to the scheme:

 

·  Site / location / context

·  The design of certain house types (C, E2, & F) was a concern

·  The design and massing of the apartment block gave the appearance of two buildings

 

Members raised the following questions to officers/ applicants representatives:

 

·  Members queried if all the homes were affordable

 

In responding to the issues raised, officers confirmed that all 152 houses were affordable dwellings

 

In offering comments Members raised the following issues:

 

·  Members were of the view that the development was much improved

·  Referring to the semi-detached properties, one Members suggested that by locating the two front doors next to each other, this could cause individual privacy issues. Another Member conversely suggested that locating the two front doors adjacent meant that main living spaces were separated and potential noise problems reduced.

·  One Member suggested that it was important to get a quality scheme at an early stage.

 

The Chair suggested that Members appeared to be supportive of the revised proposals.

 

It was moved and seconded that the application be approved subject to the conditions specified in the submitted report and following the completion of a Section 106 Agreement.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was passed 11 votes in favour with 2

Abstentions.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)  That the application be deferred and delegated to the Chief Planning officer for approval subject to referral of the application to the Secretary of State as a Departure from the Development Plan and subject to the Secretary of State not wishing to call in the application for his own determination and subject to the conditions specified in the submitted report (and any others which he  ...  view the full minutes text for item 119.

120.

Pre-Application Presentation (PREAPP/21/00099) - Residential development of 380 dwellings on land at Red Hall Lane, Red Hall, Leeds pdf icon PDF 24 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a pre-application presentation for proposed residential development of 380 dwellings on land at Red Hall Lane, Red Hall, Leeds.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a pre-application presentation for proposed residential development of 380 dwellings on land at Red Hall Lane, Red Hall, 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

·  The site is located immediately to the north of the existing main urban areas and spans between the existing Ring Road (A6120) and Wetherby Road (A58)

·  The development is a key component of the East Leeds Extension

·  This application is sited on the former LCC Horticultural Nursery which existed at the western side of the site.

·  The proposal is for a residential development of 380 dwellings on the Red Hall site, excluding Red Hall House

·  Concept Masterplan

·  Green infrastructure opportunities plan – Buffer planting, wild flower planting, biodiversity strategy, communal orchard, equipment area for play and fitness trails

·  Landscaping and public realm through the site

·  Public consultation – 1500 leaflets circulated, engagement with local Parish Council and details of the development are included on the developers website

·  Street scene/ house types

 

Members raised the following questions to officers/ applicant’s representatives:

 

·  The proposed house types, would these be taken from the developers existing pattern books or had they been designed bespoke for the site.

·  The proposed garages, were these large enough to accommodate a standard family sized vehicle.

·  How do you prevent residents from parking on the pavement

·  Could acoustic fencing be installed along the boundary with the ELOR

·  The proposed scheme suggested there would be through routes throughout the site, were there any proposals to prevent ‘rat running’. 

·  The public right of way through the site, where did that lead to

·  Could consideration be given to safe walking and cycling routes, particularly ensuring cyclists and pedestrians were kept separate from the vehicular traffic.

 

In responding to the issues raised, the applicant’s advised as follows:

 

·  Members were informed that the developers had a wide range of house types within their catalogue, but house types could be adapted to fit the local area. It was also reported that the proposed design of the apartments would be unique to this site.

·  The applicant’s representative confirmed that the garages were large enough to fit a standard family sized vehicle

·  Members were informed that there was sufficient space on the driveway to accommodate parking, all of which was in the curtilage of the property.  However, whether residents do utilise the parking facilities within the curtilage of their own properties was not something the developer could fully control.

·  Members were informed that acoustic modelling report was being prepared as part of the application proposal which may identify that acoustic fencing or similar noise mitigation measures are required.

·  The Applicant’s representative said consultation with LCC highways was ongoing, a through road would be beneficial for the purposes of accessibility but there was awareness of the potential for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 120.

121.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 13th May 2021 at 1.30pm, venue to be confirmed.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED - To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 13th May 2021 at 1.30pm, venue to be confirmed.

122.

Chair's Closing Remarks

Minutes:

Members joined the Chair in expressing their thanks and appreciation to Councillor Peter Gruen who was not seeking re-election in the forthcoming Local Elections.

 

In paying tribute, Members from all parties acknowledged the contribution made by Councillor Gruen over the years, commenting that his knowledge, passion and commitment would be greatly missed.