Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel - Thursday, 27th May, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Debbie Oldham  Email:

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Chairs Opening Comments

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. She said that it was a great honour for her to be the new Chair of this committee and she looked forward to the work and getting to know all the Members of North and East Plans Panel. However, she acknowledged Cllr Ritchie, the previous Chair was an exceptional Chair and that she had big shoes to fit into, so requested Members patience.


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 refusal of inspections of documents.


Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the 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 exempt items.


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.


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.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs B Anderson and R Stephenson.


Cllrs D Collins and T Smith attended the meeting as their substitutes.


Minutes - 15th April 2021 pdf icon PDF 274 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 15th April 2021, for approval as a correct record.


RESOLVED – The minutes of the meeting held on 15th April 2021, were approved as a correct record.


Matters arising


Minute 83 – Matters arising. – Members were advised in relation to the application for the development at Mount St Mary’s and the steps which had been raised as a concern by the Panel. It was reported that the title to  the steps is unregistered. In those circumstances the Public Rights of Way team advised that a Public Path Creation Order under the Highways Act 1980 (s26) can be created. This is subject to public consultation and would be triggered if the development were to proceed as at the present time the path is closed off. Following creation, the public right of way would be registered on the Definitive Maps and would be publically maintainable thereafter.


Minute 84 - 19/07608/RM - Reserved Matters application for residential development (C3) for 129 dwellings at land at Leeds Road, Collingham, Wetherby, Leeds.


Members were advised that discussions were still ongoing in relation to concerns raised, with regards to flooding issues.


18/06114/FU - One new agricultural dwelling with attached garage at Land to the North of Trip Lane, Linton, Wetherby. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of Chief Planning Officer requests Members consideration on an application for one new agricultural dwelling with attached garage at Land to the North of Trip Lane, Linton, Wetherby.


Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for consideration in relation to one new agricultural dwelling with attached garage at land to the North of Trip Lane, Linton, Wetherby.


Members were shown slides and photographs throughout the presentation.


Members were informed of the following points:

  • Since the publication of the agenda another objection had been received. It was noted that the issues raised, such as harm to the Green Belt, had already been included within the report from representations already received;
  • An agricultural viability statement  had been submitted;
  • The proposal was for a new 4 bedroom detached property to be used by a rural worker. The proposed construction is of natural stone with a pan tile roof, solar panels, attached garage, on land that is owned by the applicant. The property would be set back from Trip Lane;
  • The application site is approximately 250 metres from the village of Linton set in a surrounding of fields which are arable in nature;
  • The applicant currently resides as a tenant at Lilac Farm which is around 200 acres plus the land owned by the applicant. It is approximately a five minute car journey to the proposed site.
  • The proposed application site is located on Trip Lane which is a country lane within the Green Belt. At the far end of the Lane is Woodhall Hotel and Spa, there is already passing traffic using this lane.
  • The site is situated in land defined as Green Belt which means that any development is to be considered inappropriate, unless a recognised exception applies. Where no exception applies, development in these locations cannot proceed unless very special circumstances can be evidenced in line with current national and local policy. This proposal is considered inappropriate development (no exception applies) and it would urbanise this open piece of countryside intruding on the view across the landscape, and as such is classed as being harmful to the character of the landscaped area. The proposal does not meet with guidance outlined within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
  • It was noted that the proposal sets out the dwelling is for use of a rural worker. Paragraph 79a of the NPPF sets out guidance for the essential need for a rural worker to live at or close by to their place of work. However, due to the type of agriculture it was not considered as having very special circumstances, as there is no livestock or perishable crops requiring 24hour attention;
  • The applicants currently have an existing farmhouse in Collingham and there is no evidence the farmhouse would be lost in the near future. It was also noted that the current farmhouse at Collingham was better placed geographically to the farm holdings;
  • It was noted that the proposals were contradictory to policies N33 and N37 of the UDP and guidance in the NPPF.


In attendance at the meeting was Julian Holmes from the Collingham with Linton Parish Council, he informed the Panel of the following points:


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on 24th June 2021, at 1:30pm.


The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 24th June 2021 at 1:30pm.


Meeting concluded at 14:50