Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel - Thursday, 11th November, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Debbie Oldham  Email:

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No. Item

Site Visit

Councillors Gruen, Anderson, Flint, Midgley and Sharpe went on the site visit earlier in the day.


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 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.


Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


No declarations of interests were made at the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr G Almass. Cllr S Burke attended the meeting as his substitute.


Minutes- 14th October 2021 pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2021, for approval as a correct record.




RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 14th October, be approved as a correct record.


Application 21/03027/FU - Alteration to form front and rear dormer windows at 71 Mexborough Drive, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3EL. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the report of the Chief Planning Officer which sets out an application for alteration to the front and rear dormer windows at 71 Mexborough Drive, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3EL.


(Report attached)

Additional documents:


The submitted report of the Chief Planning Officer set out a proposal for the alteration to form front and rear dormer windows at 71 Mexborough Drive, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3EL.


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


Members were informed of the following points:

·  This application was brought to plans panel at the request of Cllr Rafique the local ward member, on the grounds that there are already a number of similar dormers in the area and that there will be no impact on the neighbours or on the character of the area.

·  The proposal site is an end terrace sitting at the junction of Mexborough Drive and Mexborough Place. The property forms one of a long line of terraced properties in an area characterised by such terraces.

·  The property is a former terraced house that, along with the immediate neighbouring property at number 69 Mexborough Drive, has been granted planning permission for conversion into an Islamic Education and Prayer Centre.

·  Attention was drawn to number 69 which has a rear and front facing dormer window extensions that appear to have been constructed some time ago and prior to the integration of that part of the centre into 71 Mexborough Drive. Members were asked to note that this dormer and others in the area had been built prior to planning policy 2012, if such an application were to be brought now they would not have received planning permission.

·  It was noted that guidelines rarely allow for front dormers and it was rarely acceptable on long rows of terraces houses where the original roof form is retained, which are a character of this area. However, in some cases rear dormers would be acceptable where they are in proportion to existing roof, having regard to the character of the area and of appropriate design.

·  Members were advised that generally officers were supportive to applications for uses for the community. However, this application was contrary to design guide and policy. It was noted that users of the centre lived within the vicinity.


In response to Members questions the Panel were provided with the following information:

·  There was no record of when the dormers to number 69 had been built but it was presumed to be either 1970’s or 1980’s probably under permitted developed.

·  The roof space in 71 is used currently as an overflow prayer area. The application was for this area to be increased.

·  Highways Officers did not believe that an increase in the dwelling would increase parking issues as most of the users of the centre lived in the vicinity, with 70% of people walking to use the facility.

·  It was noted that discussions had taken place with the applicant and Cllr Rafique the local ward councillor, who was supportive of the application. The applicant had been told that if they removed the front dormer and made the rear dormer smaller the officers would be supportive. However, the applicant wished to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 9th December 2021, at 1:30pm, in Civic Hall, Leeds.


RESOLVED – That the next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 9th December 2021, at 1:30pm in Civic Hall.


The meeting concluded at 13:55