Agenda and minutes

South and West Plans Panel - Thursday, 23rd June, 2016 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

No. Item

A Members site visit was held in the morning in connection with the proposals (planning application 16/01105/FU) at Gallagher Leisure Park, Dick Lane and this was attended by Councillors C Gruen, Congreve, Towler, Bentley, Wood, Flynn and Hamilton.



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



The agenda contained no exempt information.



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 of business.



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 Councillors B Anderson, Coulson, Nash and Smart.


Councillors Flynn, Hamilton and P Gruen attended the meeting as substitutes.



Minutes - 17 May 2016 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 17 May 2016



RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held 17th May 2016 be agreed as a correct record.



Application 15/05904/FU - Former White Bear, Dewsbury Road, Tingley, WF3 1JX pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for the demolition of public house and erection of two storey restaurant with drive through and associated car parking and landscaping


It was reported that the application had been withdrawn in its entirety by the applicant and therefore was no longer before the Council for determination.


The Panel noted the planning history of the application and the comments made in respect of the status of public health matters in the consideration of planning applications. Additionally, it was reported that a White Paper seeking support for the establishment of a related Fast Food and Planning Policy was proposed to be considered by full Council on Wednesday 29th June 2016.


In response, officers reiterated the approach taken through the adoption of the Core Strategy, in that other policies could be utilised to control the proliferation of hot food take-aways, the creation of specific policy would require evidence to be collected and tested to show a causal link between such outlets and public health.


Finally, the Panel recognised the role of local residents throughout the planning process in respect of this application.




Application 16/01105/FU - Gallagher Leisure Park, Dick Lane, BD3 7AT pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for two drive through restaurants.




The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application seeking permission for two detached drive-through food/beverage outlets (KFC/Costa coffee) to be located on an area of car-parking serving Gallagher Leisure Park, Dick Lane BD3 7AT. The application also contained proposals for servicing arrangements, parking, access and landscaping.


Members attended a site visit prior to the meeting and site plans, photographs and plans showing proposed elevations of the buildings were displayed and referred to throughout the discussions on the application.


Further issues highlighted in relation to the application included:

·  Receipt of one further letter of objection was noted which raised no new issues

·  Bin storage arrangements had been amended to provide a brick built structure with roof and secure gates further to the east of the site – a revised plan was included within the presentation. An additional condition was suggested to ensure details of the bin storage

·  Confirmation of the proposed opening hours had been received

·  Details of landscaping to the access route had been provided which showed the removal of existing trees. An additional condition to secure a landscaping plan was suggested.


Officers addressed the comments made in representations received from the public in relation to:

·  Car park arrangements – currently, 30% usage of this specific car park area had been recorded

·  Noise – the units were 420m away from residential properties within the Leeds boundary and approximately 500m from properties within the Bradford boundary

·  Odour – to be controlled through environmental health regulations however a condition was suggested to cover the timing and regularity of waste collections

·  Noise and disturbance – the retail park currently attracted low level anti-social behaviour however it was anticipated that increased usage would reduce such incidents as these types of drive-through food/beverage outlets monitored their sites very well. Additionally, delivery hours had been confirmed as 09:00 to 18:00 hours


In conclusion, officers reported that the proposals were in general compliance with current policies and the two units would complement the leisure and retail offer on site.


A local resident and the agent for the applicant addressed the Panel. Issues raised included the following matters:

-  The stance of Bradford planning authority in objection to the proposals

-  The perceived proliferation of take-away food units in the area

-  Existing congestion on the road system in the locality and the projected additional car movements and concern over the timing and noise attributed to deliveries/servicing

-  The impact on health, particularly on children, due to the proximity of the site to local primary schools

-  The perceived lack of investment in the remainder of the retail park

-  The additional employment to be created

-  The owners’ intention for these proposals to form the first phase for regeneration of the whole retail park

-  An offer to accept conditions to restrict the number and timings of the delivery and waste collection movements for both premises

-  Further details of the bin storage along with information on customer  bins and litter picking undertaken by staff  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday, 21 July 2106 at 1.30 p.m.



RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as Thursday 21st July 2016 at 1.30pm