Agenda and minutes

City Plans Panel - Thursday, 19th May, 2022 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

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

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Items
No. Item

1.

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.

 

 

2.

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.

 

 

3.

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.

 

 

4.

Minutes - 21 April 2022 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 16 April 2022.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

 

5.

Application - 20-08521-OT - Land at Capitol Park, Topcliffe Lane, Morley, Leeds pdf icon PDF 2 MB

 

 

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for a Hybrid Planning application including detailed application comprising the demolition of existing buildings and structures; earthworks to form development platforms, drainage features, embankments and bunds; strategic landscaping, alteration of existing access road, including works to existing Topcliffe Lane and junction with A653 and construction of new access road, to serve employment development. The outline application comprises the construction of employment floorspace (Use Classes B2 and

B8 with ancillary office) and associated servicing and infrastructure including car parking, vehicle, pedestrian and cycle circulation, landscaping and ecology works, noise mitigation, drainage features and all associated infrastructure.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a hybrid planning application which comprised of the demolition of existing buildings and structures; earthworks to form development platforms, drainage features, embankments and bunds; strategic landscaping, alteration of existing access road, including works to existing Topcliffe Lane and junction with A653 and construction of new access road, to serve employment development.  The outline application comprises the construction of employment floorspace (Use Classes B2 and B8 with ancillary office) and associated servicing and infrastructure including car parking, vehicle, pedestrian and cycle circulation, landscaping and ecology works, noise mitigation, drainage features and all associated infrastructure at land at Capitol Park, Topcliffe Lane, Morley.

 

The application had previously been considered by City Plans Panel at the meeting held in November 2021 when it had been deferred for further information and details.  Members had visited the site prior to that meeting.

 

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 allocated for employment land within the Site Allocation Plan.

·  There were no full details for the layout and siting of buildings at this stage of the application.  Full details included the proposed earthworks to form the platforms and bunds, drainage and landscaping.

·  The site was considered to be of strategic importance for the provision of logistics floorspace to meet both local and national demand and had good access to the motorway network.

·  Concern had been expressed with regard to the drainage works for the site as they fell within adjacent greenbelt land.  It was reported that these works would be policy compliant as they did not harm or conflict the openness of the greenbelt land.

·  Indicative plans were displayed showing different examples of siting the buildings.

·  There was some concern regarding the visual impact of buildings on residential properties at Topcliffe Lane.  These concerns had been considered during the development of alternative indicative options for the siting of buildings.

·  CGI images were displayed showing how the site would be screened by tree planting and how this would mitigate the visual impact of the development.

·  It was felt that the separation distances between the proposed buildings along with the landscaping would prevent any significant impact on living conditions for residents. 

·  There had been concerns regarding the proposed 24-hour operation of the site.  This kind of operation was essential for the site and it was felt that due to distances and access arrangements there would not be a significant impact on residents.  A condition with regard to hours of work during the construction phase could be imposed.

·  Mitigating measures could be used to prevent light pollution from the site.

·  There would be improvements to the existing footpath network including links to Morley town centre.  There would also be enhancements to the cycle network.

·  There had been an increase in proposed tree planting with 7,500 trees to be planted.  The landscaping would connect to existing residential areas and provide a 12.5%  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Applications 21-08693-FU & 21-08694-LI - 24-28 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a Planning Application and Listed Building Application for a change of use to provide student accommodation, flexible commercial (Class E) and drinking establishment (Sui Generis) use; the partial demolition of existing buildings; erection of a rear extension to Nos. 24-26 Great George Street to provide student accommodation; external alterations; hard and soft landscaping works; and associated works.

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a planning application and a listed buildings application for a change of use to provide student accommodation, flexible commercial (Class E) and drinking establishment (Sui Generis) use; the partial demolition of existing buildings; erection of a rear extension to Nos 24-26 Great George Street to provide student accommodation; external alterations; hard and soft landscaping works; and associated works at 24-28 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL.

 

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

 

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

 

·  There would be student accommodation at first floor level of the Victoria Hotel building with the ground floor to remain as a public house.  The building which was used for Shenanigans would be available for commercial use.

·  It was proposed to alter the frontage of the Shenanigans building which would be more in line with the original appearance.

·  Following the publication of the report there had been a response from Leeds Civic Trust and further information regarding improved cooking facilities in the student accommodation.

·  The buildings were Grade II and considered to be of heritage importance.

·  There would be some demolition work to the rear of the building to allow for the building of the extension.

·  Floor plans were displayed.  There would be a total of 67 student apartments.

·  Arrangements for student arrival and departure were explained.  There would be loading bays and facility for on street parking.

·  The extension would be seven storeys and CGI images were displayed showing the design and materials to be used.

·  Landscaping – opportunities were limited but there would be some in the courtyards to the rear.  The trees to the side of the Shenanigans building would be replaced.

·  The economic, social and environmental benefits of the re-use of a listed building.

·  The application was recommended for approval.

 

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

 

·  The existing trees at the side of the buildings would have to be removed to facilitate the building of the extension.  They would be replaced with trees of a similar canopy spread.

·  The signage on the front of the Victoria Hotel would largely be decided by the operator.  It could be retained and restored and example of similar instances were reported.

·  The height of the extension was decided on following discussions with officers and Historic England.  It was originally planned to be higher.  Substantial investment was required to bring the building back into use.

·  The division of the room space in the Shenanigans building would be decided on by any incoming tenant but would require listed building consent.

·  There were some constraints on room sizes and layouts due to listed building requirements.  It had been aimed to achieve at least the minimum room size standard.

·  Concern had been raised regarding the blank finish to the gable end of the Shenanigans building.  There would be new detailing around  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Pre-application 20/00446 - Land at Sweet Street, Marshall Street, Holbeck, Leeds pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a pre-application presentation for a mixed-use development of 1235 residential units, two

office blocks, a clubhouse and a retained public house use, street-level commercial units, car parking and landscaped public realm at land at Sweet Street, Marshall Street, Holbeck, Leeds.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a pre-application presentation for a mixed-use development of 1235 residential units, two office blocks, a clubhouse and a retained public house use, street level commercial units, car parking and landscaped public realm.

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel.

 

An initial presentation had been brought to Panel in January 2022.  There had been a number of design changes since that meeting following Members comments and further public consultation.

 

The following was highlighted:

 

·  The massing and layout remained largely the same and comments previously made with regard to the office building and library had been taken on board.

·  The north east corner would focus on commercial activity with a public square, retention of the Commercial public house and a multi functional pavilion.

·  Office accommodation would front on to Marshall Street.

·  Following comments at the meeting in January, there would be the provision of 10% three-bedroomed units.

·  Public open space had been increased from 23% to 30%.

·  There had been further public consultation events that had been largely positive.

·  Supermarket provision in Holbeck was poor and there would be provision for retail space.

·  Landscaping – there was a need for green open space in this part of the city.  Details of the landscaping masterplan were displayed which including the use of roof terraces and also showed pedestrian connectivity throughout the site.  There would be different character areas within the site and these would be developed following further public consultation.  There would be seating and play features in the central area.  There would also be a green route through the centre of the site.

·  Details of the residential blocks and the materials to be used.

 

In response, members welcomed the changes to the plans and the design for a cohesive neighbourhood with provision of greenspace.

 

One member queried the assertion that supermarket provision locally was poor as there was one quite close to the site.

 

In response to questions outlined in the report, Members supported the progress made on the design and landscaping of the development.

 

RESOLVED – That the report and presentation be noted.

 

 

8.

Pre-application -21-00491 - West Bank, Water Lane, Holbeck Leeds, LS98 3HX pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a pre-application presentation for one nine and one eleven storey office building with ground floor retail/leisure units and basement car parking; a 19 storey hotel building providing 210 bedrooms; one eleven and one twelve storey office building with ground floor retail/leisure units and basement car parking.

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer informed Members of a pre-application presentation for one nine and one eleven storey office building with ground floor retail/leisure units and basement car parking; a 19 storey hotel building providing 210 bedrooms; one eleven and one twelve storey office building with ground floor retail/leisure units and basement car parking.

 

Members visited the site prior to the meeting.

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel.  The following was highlighted:

 

·  Examples of the applicant’s developments elsewhere were displayed.

·  The scheme would be occupier led and had a sustainable agenda.

·  There would be five buildings on site with four office blocks and a hotel.  The office buildings would have other uses at ground floor level and the buildings would centre onto a public open space.

·  Connectivity in and around the site including arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists.

·  Retail and leisure facilities at ground floor level would promote the use of the public open space.

·  Servicing arrangements to keep the open space free of vehicles.

·  An initial wind assessment had been carried out and had indicated that there would not be any detrimental effects, and potentially a mitigation of the existing  wind speeds around Bridgewater Place.

·  There would be roof terraces on the office block buildings.

·  There would be landscaping around the perimeter of the site and 60 new trees.

·  The design would reflect the industrial heritage of the area.

·  Materials to be used.

 

In response to questions and comments the following was discussed:

 

·  The central square would have active frontages with cafes and bars.

·  There had been comments from the conservation officer but not a full view on the design at this stage.

·  Members welcomed the introduction of green space to the site.

 

In response to questions outlined in the report Members considered that the use of the site for offices and a hotel was appropriate; the emerging scale and layout was supported; the emerging pedestrian routes and landscaping was supported and the level of car parking was supported.

 

RESOLVED – That the report and discussion be noted.

 

 

9.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 1.30 p.m.

Minutes:

Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 1.30 p.m.