Agenda and draft minutes

North and East Plans Panel - Thursday, 18th March, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Debbie Oldham  Email: debbie.oldham@leeds.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

Chairs Opening Comments

The Chair welcomed everyone to the remote meeting of the North and East Plans Panel.

 

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

 

The Chair proposed that Councillor Elizabeth Nash be nominated as the Deputy Chair, the proposal was seconded, upon being put to the vote the motion was passed.

66.

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.

67.

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:-

 

Minutes:

There were no exempt items.

68.

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.

69.

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 interests. However, the following declarations of other interests were noted:

 

20/05669/RM – Application for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale) for 163 dwellings pursuant to planning permission 15/05484/OT at Land off Church Lane, Mickelfield, Leeds.

Cllr Trish Smith declared that her son was a Co-Director of Avant Homes, but with no involvement in this region.  Further, she had not discussed this application with him and came to the meeting with an open mind.

 

Also in relation to the above mentioned application Cllr Midgley informed the meeting that she was one of the local ward councillors for Kippax and Methley. Her ward colleagues were representing the residents, so she was looking at this application with an open mind.

70.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

71.

Minutes - 18th February 2021 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 18th February 2021, to approve as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th February 2021, be approved as a correct record with the following amendment to include:

 

Minute 63 - 20/03519/FU and 20/03520/LI - Demolition of the Nave and Aisles of the church, replaced with a six story extension; the Chancel, Transept and Altar areas will be retained and restored to contain 62 no. apartments. The Presbytery will also be demolished and replaced with a 5 storey apartment block of 113 no. apartments (total residential development comprising of 175 units); Other works including new access, proposed EVCP parking, cycle storage and landscaping works at Mount St Marys Church, Church Road,

Richmond Hill, Leeds, LS9 8LA.

 

Members raised concerns about whether any potential wind tunnel effect would arise due to the fact that the proposed apartment block would be five storeys high and set on a hill. It was felt some clarity was required on this issue in light of the minutes for the meeting held on 18th February 2021.  Members asked if a wind survey had been undertaken, but were advised that the height of the apartment block as proposed is not such that it is deemed to be a ‘tall building’ under Council policy or supplementary planning guidance. As such, this specific site did not hit the triggers for a wind survey to be undertaken.

72.

Matters arising

Minutes:

In relation to Minute 63 - 20/03519/FU and 20/03520/LI - Demolition of the Nave and Aisles of the church, replaced with a six story extension; the Chancel, Transept and Altar areas will be retained and restored to contain 62 no. apartments. The Presbytery will also be demolished and replaced with a 5 storey apartment block of 113 no. apartments (total residential development comprising of 175 units); Other works including new access, proposed EVCP parking, cycle storage and landscaping works at Mount St Marys Church, Church Road, Richmond Hill, Leeds, LS9 8LA.

 

Members requested feedback in relation to the maintenance of the public rights of way steps and clarification on ownership of the wall between the development site and properties on Richmond Hill Close.

 

Members were advised that they would be emailed with the progress on both these issues.

73.

20/05669/RM – Application for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale) for 163 dwellings pursuant to planning permission 15/05484/OT at Land off Church Lane, Micklefield, Leeds. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer sets out an application for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale) for 163 dwellings pursuant to planning permission 15/05484/OT at Land off Church Lane, Mickelfield, Leeds.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out an application for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale) for 163 dwellings pursuant to planning permission 15/05484/OT at Land off Church Lane, Micklefield Leeds

 

Members were advised that the presentation for all the items was slightly different to that in their agenda pack. It had been noted that the quality of the slides was not good and additional slides had also been added.

 

Members were advised of the following updates:

·  Clarification on Condition 2 was need to secure both landscaping details and also the long term maintenance;

·  Another Condition was suggested in relation to access control measures to the public rights of way with details to be agreed with Public Rights of Way officers;

·  Additional comments had been received from the Parish Council in relation to the 1.5 metre wide footpath to the Southern public right of way. It was noted that this should be 2 metres in accordance with the section 106 agreement, this had now been addressed;

·  The Parish Council welcomed the opportunity for consultation on proposals for planting on the Southern boundary;

·  The Parish Council accepted that a number of their concerns had been dealt with in the revised plans. However, there were still issues in relation to density, materials and the quantity and quality of the new play facility;

·  3 additional comments had been received, 2 were from residents who had previously commented. Their concerns related to the attenuation basin and whether it would be safe and how it would look, the relationship between the new houses and the bungalow, and proposed pedestrian link on Church Lane;

·  New comments had been received in relation to hedgehogs in the area which regularly visit residents’ gardens. They raised concerns about the boundary treatments and that appropriate holes should be provided for the hedgehogs to gain access. It was noted that this would be picked up as part of Condition 11 and had been referenced in the submitted report;

·  It was noted there was a proposal for 2 additional pedestrian access links to the East and North of the site. These would be formalised.

 

Members were informed of the following points:

  • This site proposed 163 units which had been reduced from 172 units;
  • The applicant had agreed to move some garden boundaries further into the site so that existing track could be made  wider to retain access;
  • Proposal for two Public Open Spaces, one would have play equipment on it, with the other having a dual use as an open area and for use as part of the drainage system;
  • Condition 2 proposed buffer planting along the boundary;
  • Proposed play equipment was for a log cabin and trim trail to be picked up as part of Condition 11;
  • The proposal for drainage would include underground tanks, with a basin used for severe flooding issues. It was noted that the total depth would be 1.3 metres with the bankings to the side being 1:3, which Members were advised is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

20/07883/FU- Change of Use from dwelling to 5 bed House in Multiple Occupation (C4) at 41 Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 4DQ pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of the Chief Officer presents an application for the change of use from dwelling to 5 bed House in Multiple Occupation (C4) at 41 Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 4DQ

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out an application for the change of use from a dwelling to a 5 bed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (C4) at 41 Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 4DQ.

 

Members were advised of a correction to Paragraph 20 which should read ‘This is an emerging SPD, which has been published for initial consultation between 18 January and 1 March 2021’, not 2020.

 

Members were informed of the following points:

  • This application was brought to Plans Panel at the request of local Ward Councillors who had sent in a representation. The Ward Councillors were concerned that the area features high levels of HMO’s, which are putting pressure on local infrastructure including on street parking. The Ward Councillors were of the view that this site should remain as a family home. The Councillors also highlighted that this area of Leeds benefits from an Article 4 Direction;
  • Members were reminded that the effect of an Article 4 Direction is not that it prevents a property ever being used as an HMO rather than a dwelling house, but simply that it dis-applies an automatic permitted development right for such a change of use.  Hence, why an application needed to be made and the matter was one that could come before Panel for determination.
  • The property is an end Victorian terrace. There is no off street parking with residents parking on the street. Highways had made no objections to the HMO as they were of the view that this would make no difference to parking in the area;
  • This application meets space standards and in some cases exceeds them. It was noted that as part of the recommendations a condition in relation to space standards had been included that space standards must be retained;
  • The property has a dormer extension which would form part of the HMO.

 

Local Ward Councillors had raised concerns about the high concentration of HMO’s in the area. Members were shown a map of the area which set out the spread of HMO’s in this area.

 

There were no speakers for, or against, this application.

 

In response to questions from Members, officers provided the following information:

  • The basement flat would remain independent from the HMO, this application was for the ground floor upwards only;
  • Although the property benefits from a large front garden, this had not been considered for use of parking, as Highways were of the opinion that there would be no impact to on street parking.  In addition, there would be the risk that use of the front garden for off-street parking could in turn adversely impact on the streetscene and subsequent amenity of the property
  • It was noted that all the bedrooms would have use of a bathroom most did have en-suite, although one bedroom had a separate bathroom for exclusive use.

 

Members’ discussions included:

  • Shortage of family homes in the City;
  • Insufficient parking;
  • Bedroom sizes and living standards in general within HMOs;
  • Recognition that young people wished to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.

75.

20/07613/FU– Single storey front extension and single storey rear extension with patio area at 141 Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7PG pdf icon PDF 818 KB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer requests Members consideration on an application for a single storey front extension and single storey rear extension with patio area at 141 Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7PG 

 

(Report attached)

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for a single storey front extension and single storey rear extension with patio area at 141 Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7PG.

 

Members were advised of the following points:

·  This application was brought to Plans Panel at the request of Cllr Buckley who raised concerns that the proposal was an overdevelopment of the site, that it was not in keeping with the street-scene and that there would be a potential loss of vegetation;

·  The front extension would infill a gap between two front projecting gables. The extension would be a flat roof structure that would project out a maximum of 2.8m from the front elevation of the dwelling. The proposed single storey rear extension would be a flat roof structure that would have a maximum depth of 5.3m. The side elevations of the extension, which run parallel to the common boundaries with the dwellings on either side of the site, will measure approximately 4.4m in depth. The extension was shown to be sited approximately 3m from the common boundary with No.139 Alwoodley Lane and 2m from the common boundary with No. 165 Alwoodley Lane;

·  Letters of objection had been received from the occupants of the dwellings on either side of the site, the concerns raised were set out at Paragraph 15 of the submitted report;

·  It was noted that the occupants of No. 165 Alwoodley Lane were unable to attend the Plans Panel. They had significant concerns with regards to the impact of the development on the vegetation located along the common boundary between the properties. The submitted plans indicated that it was proposed to retain the most substantial trees located along this common boundary. This included a number of Leyland Cypress trees.

 

No speakers in objection to the application were in attendance at the meeting. Mr Matthew Shepherd and Mr Stuart Newby, on behalf of the applicant, were in attendance at the meeting to answer questions from Members, if necessary.

 

Members’ discussions included:

·  Relevance of the quoted paragraphs from the Neighbourhood Plan and appropriate level of weight that should be attributed to these;

·  The size of the plot and size of the proposed extension;

·  Impact on the neighbouring properties including the boundary vegetation. Members were of the view that the boundary vegetation should be protected during construction;

·  Consideration of the tree report which had been submitted. Concerns were raised in the retention of the Leyland Cypress trees, as it was noted these can become over dominant if not well maintained;

·  Character and street scene of the area.

 

 

RESOLVED – To grant planning permission subject to the conditions set out in the submitted report.

 

76.

Date and Time of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 13 MB

The Next meeting of North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 15th April 2021, at 1:30pm.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel to be held on Thursday 15th April 2021, at 1:30pm.

 

 

The meeting concluded at 16:15