Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds
Contact: Tasha Prosser Email: Natasha.Prosser@leeds.gov.uk
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Councillors McKenna, Campbell, Hamilton, Smith, Garvani and Walshaw attended the site visits earlier in the day.
Election of Chair
Councillor E Taylor submitted her apologies for the meeting, so a nomination was sought for the Chair of the meeting. A nomination was made on behalf of Councillor J McKenna and subsequently seconded and voted upon.
RESOLVED – That Councillor J McKenna be elected as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
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.
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.
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’.
Although no interests were raised at the meeting, Councillor Walshaw confirmed he would not participate in voting on Agenda Item 7 – Headingley Community Centre, North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3HW as he had submitted comments in support of the application and therefore excused himself from voting on this application.
Additionally, Councillor Campbell made the Panel aware that in relation to Agenda Item 8 – Stable Block, Mall Lane, Off Carlton Lane, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 9PE, he had submitted comments as part of the application process. He was of the opinion that he was able to determine the application with an open mind and proceed on that basis.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies of absence were received on behalf of Councillors B Anderson, D Ragan, and E Taylor.
Councillor J McKenna attended as a substitute on behalf of Councillor E Taylor and Councillor S Burke attended as a substitute on behalf of Councillor D Ragan.
To receive and consider the attached minutes of the meeting held Thursday, 22nd October 2022.
RESOLVED – That subject to a minor amendment to Minute No. 55 (22/04149/FU – Guiseley School) to remove reference to the word ‘Late’ regarding an objection received from Cllrs Alderson and Wadsworth, the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, 27th October 2022, be approved as an accurate record.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a change of use application for the former community centre into a 5-bed aparthotel (Use Class C1), including an extension over the existing boiler room, fenestration changes, insertion of skylights, reconfiguration and subdivision of the service yard area, bin store and bike storage at Headingley Community Centre, North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3HW.
The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a change of use application of the former community centre into a 5-bed aparthotel (Use Class C1), including an extension over the existing boiler room, fenestration changes, insertion of skylights, reconfiguration and sub-division of a service yard area, bin store and bike storage at Headingley Community Centre, North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3HW.
The application was previously considered at the South and West Plans Panel on Thursday, 9th June 22. Panel members sought further information regarding design elements with having regard to the Conservation Area, an internal redesign to move ground floor bedrooms to the other side of the building and noise levels in regard to bedrooms being close to the footpath and pedestrian crossing.
The applicant has since revised proposals in line with comments received from officers and Panel members.
Photographs and slides were shown throughout the presentation, and the officer in attendance provided Panel members with the following information:
· The building sits in a prominent location on the corner of the North Lane and Bennett Road and situated within the Headingley Conservation Area.
· The Headingley Taps and Manahatta is situated nearby.
· The former use of the building was a community centre and overtime the building has been vandalised and used for graffiti.
· The dormers have been removed as part of the proposals and the overall number of rooms has been reduced to 5. The windows also have more of a vertical emphasis, and changes to the window design have been made.
· There has been a revision to the ground layout, and there is now only 1 bedroom near the pelican crossing.
· Additional information received from the noise assessment has evidenced that noise can be mitigated by high spec acoustic glazing and a ventilation system.
· With proposals removing the dormer windows, the design represents a sympathetic conversion of the existing building in the Conservation Area.
· There is a benefit in bringing a long term heritage building back into use, and it was considered that the proposals will not have a negative impact on the buildings opposite.
· The Conservation and Environmental Health Officers are now happy with the revised proposals.
Councillor J Pryor attended the meeting in support of the application and explained ward members are keen the building is utilised again and are supportive of the proposals as revised. Councillor Pryor reiterated the anti-social behaviour associated with the building in terms of graffiti and vandalism and was of the opinion that the proposed use of the building will work well in the local area.
In response to a question from a member, it was confirmed that the condition applied to the aparthotel regarding occupancy, is a standard condition and ensures people cannot stay longer than 3 months, and will have to move out for 3 months before they are able to move back in.
Panel members collectively supported the proposals put before them and were pleased that the revisions were more sympathetic of the local area and thanked officers for bringing ... view the full minutes text for item 64.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application to demolish stable block and office and erect one dwelling house including alterations to form vehicle access at Stable Block, Mall Lane, Off Carlton Lane, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 9PE.
The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application to demolish a stable block and office and erect a one dwelling house including alterations to form vehicle access at Stable Block, Mall Lane, Off Carlton Lane, Guiseley Leeds, LS20 9PE.
Members visited the site prior to the meeting and site plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application
The Planning Officer presented the application and provided Panel Members with the following information:
· The site is located on the South side of Otley Chevin within the Green Belt. Yeadon and Guiseley town centres are located approximately 2 kilometres to the South and Otley town centre 2 kilometres to the North.
· The access road is substandard.
· The immediate surroundings are a group of residential properties.
· Stable block deemed to be previously developed land in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
· Has increased in height but still a similar scale. The roof increases the height of what is existing.
· The proposal is for a 3 bedroom single storey property with an L shape gable projecting from the dwelling. The building will have large south facing windows.
· Access off Moor Lane, using the existing access with a gravel driveway.
· The original proposals included a simple block building rendered in stone. Officers felt a better approach was to break up the building, with a narrower slimmer building and pitched roof.
In response to questions from Panel members, the following was confirmed:
· The use of air source heat pump has been discussed with the applicant, as well as exploring no use of gas on site.
· It will be up to the developers to make improvements to the access road. The applicants have agreed in principle to incorporate a condition relating to materials.
· The revised access route does not go on to third party land.
· The barn will be retained and is the applicants ownership.
· The applicant hasn’t indicated they will be bringing forward a proposal for a new stable block. It was noted that a new stable requires planning permission. A member raised concern that although there is no indication of a new stable, should an application come forward, this will be another incursion into the Green Belt.
· There is no statutory definition of what is deemed an ‘isolated’ dwelling, and officers have taken the view that the dwelling is not isolated from other properties nearby and isn’t impractical. It was also confirmed that there are areas for service vehicles to turnaround and access the site.
· The applicant has legal permission to use the lane.
· Officers do not envisage a time when the road will be up for adoption. Whilst a request can be made for the road to be adopted, it was not considered it was likely to be accepted.
Whilst the majority of members supported the proposals before them, a number of members commented that they felt the proposal was not sympathetic of the Green Belt and considered the location to be isolated. Other Panel members felt it ... view the full minutes text for item 65.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a position statement change of use applicationof former library and the erection of a six storey extension to create a co-living scheme (sui generis) with associated communal facilities, a work hub to ground floor and basement parking, Former Burley Library, 230 Cardigan Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 1QL.
The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a position statement on a change of use application for a former library and the erection of a six storey extension to create a 78 bed co-living scheme (sui generis) with associated communal facilities, a work hub to ground floor and basement parking at Former Burley Library, 230 Cardigan Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 1QL.
Members visited the site prior to the meeting and site plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.
The Planning Officer presented the application and provided Panel Members with the following information:
· The application site is located on Cardigan Road, and the site is in a mixed residential area surrounded largely by residential housing. The surrounding area also had a variety of non-residential uses including retail and petrol station, cafes, community centres, shops, and places of worship. It was also noted that Glassworks is to the north of the site and the Embankment to the south.
· There was previous approval for planning permission for a six storey extension to form 60 flats, with work hub to ground floor and basement car parking.
· The library is proposed to be retained and refurbished, with a 6 storey building set to the rear of the building so that it is not prominent with the street. The library will form a co-living space for residents and the general public.
· There is existing access off Cardigan Road with provision for 19 car parking spaces in a shared parking area; this will be shared with Glassworks. There will also be additional parking that can be accessed through the parking area adjacent to the Embankment building.
· There is 15 co-living units on the first floor, all 30 square metres in size, each floor also has a terraced balcony area.
· The communal spaces included kitchen and sitting areas across 2 floors.
· The application previously sought 98 units, all with 22 square metres in size. However, since then, this has been revised to provide larger space standards for residents.
· The proposal is a new housing concept for residents in Leeds and it is not subject to specific policy; there was a draft Houses in Multiple Occupation, Purpose-Built Student Accommodation and Co-Living Amenity Standards draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) being progressed, but following discussions with Development Plan Panel Members, the Co-Living section of the SPD was removed. Hence there being no specific policy.
The applicants attended the meeting and addressed the Panel. They informed Panel of the following points:
· This was the first co-living scheme to form part of a live planning application.
· The Park Lane Group have operated for 46 years in Leeds and have significant experience of managing residents in student and aparthotel developments.
· The scheme is a natural progression for students and young professionals moving forward, and Park Lane Group have received requests from students to remain in similar sites after graduating.
· The scheme exceeds Core Strategy Policy H9, and the library will additionally provide residents with more amenity ... view the full minutes text for item 66.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
The date and time of the next meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday, 22nd December 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as Thursday, 22nd December 2022 at 1.30 p.m.
(The meeting concluded at 15:45)