Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel - Thursday, 21st January, 2021 1.30 pm

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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 inspection 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 Cllr Almass and Cllr Collins. Cllr Heselwood and Cllr Shemilt attended the meeting as their substitutes.


Minutes - 3rd December 2020 pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To receive the minutes of 3rd December 2020, and approve as a correct record.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd December 2020, be approved as a correct record.


Matters arising

To raise any matters arising.


There were no matters arising, though Cllr Jenkins did note for the benefit and interest of Members that Item No. 45 of the previous meeting (the application relating to the site at ‘Land off The Rowans’) had been identified by the Environment Agency in its map showing areas at risk of flood during Storm Christophe.  Planning Officers confirmed that there was a small area of the site identified as falling in Flood Zone 2, but this was not actually part of the site which was intended to be developed.  However, the Chair thanked Cllr Jenkins for bringing this to Members’ attention.



To receive the report of the Chief Planning Officer which requests Members consideration for the demolition of existing building and construction of a new two storey dwelling at, 33 Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7DF.


(Report attached)

Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Planning Officer requested Members consideration on an application seeking full planning permission for demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a new two storey residential dwelling at 33 Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, LS17 7DF.


Slides and photographs were shown throughout the presentation.


The Plans Panel were informed of the following points:

·  The proposal mainly sits within the current footprint of the dwelling already on the site;

·  Proposal requires the removal of three trees but this is subject to the requirement that there will be replacement of trees on a 3:1 basis in accordance with Council policy requirements.

·  The Tree officer had been informed, and was of the view that the trees had no amenity value. Officers had sought to protect as many trees as possible including the protection of the roots; Members noted that the site is screened by a small coppice of trees to the front and side of the site;

·  A brief history of the site in relation to previous planning applications was provided. It was noted that a previous application for three apartments had been refused by Members, but had subsequently been approved by the Planning Inspector. Members noted that the proposed dwelling would have slightly more bulk and massing than the previous application for the apartments;

·  The proposal was for a gabled frontage and rooms to be located within the roof space, which is not unusual in this location;

·  Further the design and materials proposed are such that the dwelling would not unduly impact on the existing street-scene or be in any way in ‘conflict’ in design terms with existing, established dwellings in the vicinity;

·  A little more glazing to the rear of the dwelling was proposed than the level of glazing incorporated into the existing dwelling.


In response to questions from Members the Plans Panel were informed of the following:

·  This application had been brought to Plans Panel at the request of the local ward member Cllr Buckley. Concerns raised by Cllr Buckley were highlighted on page 16 of the agenda pack. It was noted that officers and the Member had not met to discuss the Member’s concerns; 

·  The proposal is of a modern design, while a number of those properties surrounding the proposed dwelling are in the arts and crafts style but officers are not of the view that the modernity of the design here would adversely impact the overall street-scene;

·  The Neighbourhood Plan and its relevant policies are a material consideration that needs to be taken into account in the decision-making.  The Plan’s relevant policies seek to maintain the character of the area. In this part of Alwoodley, that has largely related to the context of a number of plots in the location having changed from single dwellings to multiple dwellings. So there is a concern regarding intensification of use, but this does not arise here.

·  In addition, apartment conversions often result in a very different design approach compared to single dwellings.  Officers therefore consider fenestrations, windows and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel is scheduled for Thursday 18th February 2021, at 1:30pm.


The next meeting of North and East Plans Panel will be Thursday 18th February 2021, at 1:30pm.


The meeting concluded at 14:30