Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel
Thursday, 11th October, 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

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

Items
No. Item

Site Visit

The site visits were attended by Councillors: Walshaw, Collins, Grahame, Jenkins, Nash, Ritchie, Seary, Wenham and Wilkinson.

48.

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 refusal of inspection of documents.

49.

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 late items.

50.

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.

51.

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:

No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made.

52.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

53.

Minutes - 6th September 2018 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To approve the minutes of the North and East Plans Panel held on 6th September 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That minutes of the meeting held on 6th September 2018 were approved as a correct record.

54.

Application 17/07970/OT - Land off Walton Road, Walton, Wetherby pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an outline application for residential development.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an outline planning application for a residential development comprising up to 119 dwellings at land off Walton Road, Walton, Wetherby.

 

Members were advised of an additional condition: Scheme for delivery of renewable energy to be submitted and approved.

 

Members were also advised of additional representations:

Additional objection from a Wetherby resident on the grounds that:

  • Need for development not justified;
  • Fails to meet accessibility standards;
  • Impact on public services and public transport;
  • Increased traffic and queues over the bridge at Boston Spa and at roundabout on edge of Wetherby;
  • Wetherby congested and polluted at peak periods;
  • S106 payments and benefits from Travel Plan questionable;
  • Will encourage further infill development;
  • Change from rural to urban character;
  • Justification is flawed and should be refused.

 

Representation from the Wetherby Liberal Democrats:

  • Provision of 35% affordable housing is welcomed;
  • Does not offer the best site for a new community hall;
  • Concerns noted about school provision;
  • Support residents only parking scheme on Bridge Road;
  • Concerned over traffic in Boston Spa and discussions should continue;
  • Support comments made by Sport England, and oppose the conclusion that the pitch is surplus to requirements, and pitch should remain with a new pavilion for community use.

 

Members had visited the site earlier in the day, photographs and plans were shown at the meeting.

 

The application was brought before the North and East Plans Panel as this is a major and sensitive development.

 

The application was in outline with all matters reserved, save for access which includes two vehicular access points. Members were informed that the site was currently partly undesignated within the development (UDPR) however, part of the application site was allocated as a protected playing pitch under save policy N6 of the (UDPR). It was noted that the pitch had formed part of HMP Wealstun but had become surplus and had been transferred to Homes England in January 2015.

 

Members were advised that the overall site was being put forward as a housing allocation within the advanced Site Allocation Plan (SAP). The SAP put forward a target of 142 dwellings on this site alongside an area of land within the allocation which is already subject to a positive resolution to grant permission for 23 dwellings and if combined with the 119 proposed dwellings would meet the 142 dwelling allocation target.

 

The proposed layout would split the site into two component parts, with the southern most portion comprising of 32 dwellings which would be served by Grange Avenue and the remaining 87 dwellings would be served by a new access onto Street 5 within Thorp Arch Trading Estate. Members were advised that there would also be pedestrian links between the two sites and that there would be bus stops for travel towards Wetherby and Boston Spa.

 

Members were advised that provision for land to the south eastern boundary be designated as Site of Ecological Interest (SEGI) and that this area should not be transferred to private ownership. It was noted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

Application 18/00907/FU - 374 Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7DN pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for partial demolition to existing house and erection of five flats.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer requested Members consideration for the partial demolition of existing house and erection of 5 flats at 374 Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds.

 

Members were advised of additional conditions:

·  Construction management plan

·  Maximum gradients as part of condition 14

·  Vehicle spaces to be laid out

 

The proposal sought to erect a building that would contain five flats with underground car parking for 11 vehicles in a basement building. Members were informed that the ground and first floor of the building would contain 2 flats each with the fifth flat located on the second floor. It was proposed that the building would be sited on the side garden of 374 Alwoodley Lane.

 

The Panel were advised that the proposal was for the side extension to 374 Alwoodley Lane to be demolished, therefore the distance proposed between the retained part of 374 Alwoodley Lane and the proposed flats would be 2.75 metres.

 

Members were informed that currently the site has two access points. However, the proposal would divide the site so that the access closest to Harrogate Road junction would provide the access / egress for the proposed development whilst the access further along Alwoodley Lane would provide the access/ egress for the current dwelling.

 

Members acknowledged the fact that there was a small brook between the east boundary of 374 Alwoodley Lane and the adjoining property.

 

Members had attended a site visit earlier in the day. Photographs and plans were shown throughout the presentation.

 

Members acknowledged that the Alwoodley Neighbourhood Plan had been adopted and should be given full weight.

 

In attendance at the meeting were Mrs Adcock who lived in the neighbouring property and Cllr. Dan Cohen, both raised concerns informing the Panel of the following points:

·  The houses along Alwoodley Lane are large family houses with large gardens. Mrs Adcock said that this was the reason that they had extended their property to be their forever home. However the properties on either side of Mrs Adcock were looking to demolish the houses and build flats. She said that her family were facing the prospect of an over dominant monstrosity being shoe horned into the space between her house and that of next door on an undersized plot;

·  Mrs Adcock said that she realised that family homes were needed but did not feel that flats were family orientated or that these were affordable homes;

·  The scale and bulk of the proposed flats made for over development of the site;

·  Mrs Adcock was of the view that this application was garden grabbing and not in the spirit of the Neighbourhood Plan;

·  Mrs Adcock explained that her family would suffer loss of privacy due to the height of the proposed balconies facing her bedroom and that of her daughter’s room would give direct view into their bedrooms. She said that the front and side proposed balconies served no purpose other than maintenance access according the submitted report and requested that they be removed;

·  Impact of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

Preapp/17/00631 - Scarcroft Cottage, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds pdf icon PDF 411 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a pre-application for the change of use to a C2 Care Community with 152 units of accommodation and 9 dwellings

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out a pre-application enquiry submitted by Gaunt Francis Architects on behalf of Audley Court Ltd for the demolition of buildings and redevelopment of site for a community care village including conversion of a Grade ll listed building at Scarcroft Lodge, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft.

 

Attending the meeting to present the pre-application enquiry were Gavin Birt of Audley Court Ltd and Ben Krauze of Gaunt Francis Architects.

 

Members noted that the application was for the development of a brownfield site. Mr Birt informed the Panel that there were 19 of these community villages around the country. He said that the company had started out offering care homes, however, it was felt that care homes institutionalised people and they had realised that people enjoyed pleasant surroundings such as park land. Mr Birt explained that the communities provided care for people with an average age of 79-81 years of age but the community was open to all ages with 77% of people from the local area.

 

Members heard that the community village would have communal facilities which included: swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, salon and treatment rooms, lounge, library, hobbies room, restaurant, and bistro and meeting rooms. Mr Birt informed Members that it was important that residents stayed part of the local community therefore they had an open door policy with residents of the local area welcome to use the communal facilities. It was hoped that the local Parish Council would consider holding events in the meeting rooms and that there would be interaction with the local schools.

 

Members were informed that the proposal was for 172 units of which 148 would be apartments and 24 would be cottages. These would be located across 9 blocks within the site. The proposal included 172 parking spaces for the village residents plus 13 spaces for staff and visitors, 1 minibus space, 9 private parking spaces, 2 single private garages serving the private residential dwellings and 48 spaces were to be allocated to the cricket club. It was noted spaces would also be available for scooters.

 

Members heard that 75 permanent jobs would be made available with training provided. They had their own care training academy.

 

Members were advised that the grade ll listed building would be used to house the wellbeing spa for residents and that all listed elements of the building would be retained. The 1950’s elements of the building was to be demolished.

 

It was noted that this would not be a gated community and that all the spaces would be interlinked with the street running through the heart of the development.

 

Members were informed that the materials to be used were stone, render and slate. Members heard that a combined heating and water system which was gas fired was proposed to feed all the site.

 

Responding to Members questions and comments the Panel were informed of the following points:

·  There was to be a 10 metre tree buffer with the addition of more  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.

57.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 1.30 p.m.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on 8th November 2018, at 1:30pm.