Agenda and minutes

South and West Plans Panel - Thursday, 1st September, 2022 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Tasha Prosser  Email:

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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 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:-


  No exempt items or information have been identified on the agenda



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 formal late items.



Declarations 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 raised at the meeting.



Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies.


Minutes - 4 August 22 pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, 4th August 2022.



RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, 4th August 2022 be approved as an accurate record.



22/01376/FU – former South Leeds Golf Course, Gipsy Lane, Beeston pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for a proposed New 3G pitch and tennis courts and associated fencing up to 4.5m high at former South Leeds Golf Course, Gipsy Lane, Beeston.


Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Planning Officer proposed a new 3G pitch and tennis courts and associated fencing up to 4.5metres high at former South Leeds Golf Course, Gipsy Lane, Beeston.


Photographs and slides were shown throughout the presentation, with Members provided with the following information:

·  The proposal was for 5% of the former South Leeds golf course to be used for a 3G pitch and tennis courts. The use would be primarily by Cockburn Academy but also for community use.

·  The planning submission also showed the proposed diversion of public footpath 207 Leeds and Leeds links Permissive Bridleway which would be re-routed to the south of its current alignment. The proposal was also for soft landscaping to the south and west of the site to mitigate against tree/habitat loss due to the proposal.

·  The proposal was for a pitch of artificial grass which would allow football and rugby to played on it all year round. The artificial grass would have rubber crumb and sand spread on it.  The sub-base would act as a water attenuation tank under the pitch.

·  Surrounding the pitch and courts the proposal has a 4.5m high visually porous fence so that the surrounding landscape can be seen through it.

·  It was noted that 38 trees close to the proposed pitch would need to be removed to allow for a full-size pitch. 45 heavy standard trees 75 feathered trees would be planted to replace the trees. Members were advised that smaller trees were known to be better at establishing than the more mature trees. Members were advised that 130 trees to be planted was compliant with current Council policy.

·  This application had first been presented to the Panel as a position statement on 7th July 2022 for information and comment. Comments were summarised in paragraph 17 of the submitted report.

·  The application had been submitted by the Council but would be run by Cockburn Academy Trust and used by its students but also be available for community use outside of school hours. The requirement for the additional formal play space was a result of the school increasing from 1,050 to 1,261pupils on roll. To accommodate the extra pupils, a three-storey modular classroom had been built on the school’s tennis courts. It was noted that the school currently has a deficit of 35% play space and would be unable to meet the education curriculum. 

·  Members were advised that the school had 10 years ago applied for a smaller 3G pitch which abutted residential properties to the North of the grass playing pitches. However, due to representations from the residents the location of the pitch had been moved to the Southern boundary. In part this was one of the reasons this location had been chosen as well as drainage issues which in themselves created further ‘knock on effects’. Other locations for this proposal had been considered but would mean the loss of car parking, with cars having to be parked on the road or the loss of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.


Date and Time of the Next Meeting

Thursday, 29th September 2022 at 1.30pm.



The date and time of the next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 29th September 2022 at 1.30pm.