Agenda and minutes

South and West Plans Panel - Thursday, 8th June, 2023 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Tasha Prosser  Email:

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Site Visits

Councillors C Campbell, T Smith, J Garvani, H Bithell, L Buckley and A Rontree attended 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.



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 interests were raised.



Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies.



Minutes - 11 May 2023 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To consider and approved the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, 11th May 2023.




RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, 11th May 2023 be approved as an accurate record.



21/09266/RM - Former Airedale Mills, Moss Bridge Works, Town Street, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1HP pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a Reserved Matters Application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping for the erection of 67 dwellings pursuant to outline approval 18/01501/OT, Former Airedale Mills, Moss Bridge Works, Town Street, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1HP.


Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented a Reserved Matters application for layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping for the erection of 67 dwellings pursuant to outline approval 18/01501/OT, Former Airedale Mills, Moss Bridge Works, Town Street, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1HP. The application was presented before Members on 16th February 2023.


Issues presented at the previous Panel meeting included pavement parking, improved accessibility to greenspace, design, and environmental considerations.


The Legal Adviser to the Panel set out the procedure to be followed and outlined some preliminary matters.


Photographs and slides were shown throughout the officer presentation, and Panel members were provided with the following information:

·  Airedale Mills formerly occupied the site, and it is positioned in a triangular form between the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to the south/south-west and the River Aire to the east/south-east. The northern boundary is the access road to the Rodley Nature Reserve which lies to the east.

·  The surrounding area is mixed, with Mill Bridge Works on the opposite side of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and to the south-east of the site lies Airedale Wharf, a residential cul-de-sac. The access over the bridge also serves Rodley Cricket Club and Rodley Nature Reserve.

·  Pictures presented showed the change in levels where the adopted road will be as well as existing mature trees. The development seeks to retain trees, as well as the installation of a new 3m ecology buffer. The ecology buffer will provide an 8m separation buffer from the development to River Aire. Additional mitigation measures are proposed including a cat mesh fencing to the gardens of the dwellings.

·  The proposed development consists of mixed units (2, 3 and 4 bed dwellings), including attached, semi-detached and an apartment block (1 and 2 bed units). 51 dwellings in total, and a 16 unit apartment block. Minor design elements have been proposed to the units to incorporate stone heads and cills to provide consistency to the surrounding area, as well as general landscaping arrangements and tree planting in the street scene and to the front of a number of properties.

·  The site layout has been amended, at the request of members, to reorientate plots 7-16 in order to provide frontages facing the River Aire along with changes to plot 33 to create a dual aspect, again facing the River Aire. Options to change the proposed townhouse properties were explored but were not amended due to the change in levels. Officers consider the current layout of these properties an appropriate design. Additionally, changes to these properties would leave insufficient space in the rear gardens.

·  Central dwellings and the bungalow comply with accessibility standards.

·  The greenspace to the rear of the apartment block will be made available for all residents in the proposed development. A 50,000 contribution is also proposed for on and off-site greenspace contribution.

·  10 affordable units have been proposed.


Members were informed that further representations have been received from a local ward councillor and Rodley Nature Reserve. Comments referred to the ecology buffer creating a space  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Date and Time of the Next Meeting

Thursday, 6th July 2023 at 1.30pm.



To note the date and time of the next meeting as Thursday, 6th July 2023 at 1.30 p.m.


The meeting concluded at 14.45.