Site visits were attended by Cllr Coulson, Cllr C Gruen, Cllr Anderson and Cllr Wood.
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 was no exempt information.
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.
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.
However Cllr. Coulson in relation to Item 7 – Application 14/03052/FU – Former Musgrave Court Residential Home, Crawshaw Road, Pudsey, LS28 7UB, informed the Panel that he had been in correspondence with the Planning Officer.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor P Davey and Cllr. R Finnigan.
Cllr. T Leadley was present at the meeting as substitute for Cllr. Finnigan.
It was noted that Cllr. J Bentley had informed the Chair that he would be late to the meeting.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2017 as a correct record.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 7 December 2017 be approved as a correct record with the following amendment:-
Minute 66 last paragraph second bullet point to read;-
Concern regarding the loss of greenbelt land during the examination of the UDP.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding a new build residential care home.
Prior to the start of this application Cllr. Coulson informed the Panel that the nursery on Ratcliffe Lane was private and not in Council ownership and indicated in the report.
The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for a new build care home on the site of the former Musgrave Court care home.
Members noted updates to the conditions as follows:
· Condition 13 Travel Plan implementation to include a monitoring fee;
· Condition 23 Reinstatement of redundant footpath crossings also to include the need for vehicle crossings
Members were also asked to note further representations from Stuart Andrew MP who raised concerns in regard to the proposed number of patients to be cared for at the home and of the scale of the proposals.
Cllr. Richard Lewis had also raised concerns in regard to the mass of the proposed building and access issues along Ratcliffe Lane.
Members were informed that the previous care home of 36 beds had been demolished in 2014 as it was deemed not economically viable for the Council to run and the land had been sold.
Members had visited the site earlier in the day. Plans and photographs were shown throughout the presentation.
Members were requested to note the change in levels in the area and the mature trees in the area and on the site.
10.10 of the submitted report was brought to the Panel’s attention which set out the measurements of the proposed building with the boundaries of neighbouring properties.
The Panel was informed of the following points:-
· The build was to be part 2.5 storey, and part 3 storey comprising of 86 bed spaces;
· Floors to be reached via 2 staircases or 2 lifts, the housing for the lifts would be in the loft space;
· The loft space would be used for staff area and laundry;
· The build would be stone with a slate style roof;
· 5 trees would have to be removed to allow access to parking area, the trees are not protected;
· Car parking for 27 cars which would include 2 disabled bays 1 car share space,1 electric vehicle space, bay for ambulance and space for moteorcycles and bicycles;
· Access to parking taken off Crawshaw Road;
· Refuse vehicle would need to reverse into site.
Members were informed that car parking did fall 2 spaces short however, it was similar to other care homes in Leeds.
Members were also informed that the applicant had worked with officers on the design of the building to break up the roof line to alleviate the dominance over neighbouring buildings.
Graham Oak, Professor Mike Stein and Emma Firbank were at the meeting speaking against the recommendation they informed the Panel of the following points:-
· The proposal contravened guidelines set out in the Supplementary Planning Design Guide for this type of building;
· No conservation officer report although it had been requested and reassurance that there would be one;
· Only two storey buildings in the area;
· Loft space unnecessary so could reduce height;
· Laundry services could ... view the full minutes text for item 76.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for the variation of Condition 3 (Opening Hours) of approval 16/03208/FU to allow opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10:00 to 01:00; Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 02:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 00:00
The report of the Chief Planning Officer asked Members to consider a retrospective application for a variation of condition 3 (opening hours) of approval to allow opening hours on Monday to Thursday 10:00 to 01:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 02:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 00:00 at unit 2 Ledgard Way, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2ND.
Members were provided with an update on the marquee currently erected on the site was being used as a smoking area. The applicant had been advised that planning permission would be required. It was noted that the applicant was going to remove the marquee.
Members were informed that since November concerns had been raised that users of the club had been using nearby residential streets for parking. This had raised concerns of highways safety issues. This issue had been checked but were unable to determine that those parking in the area were using the club. It was noted that highways safety would only be compromised if the cars were parked dangerously, such as close to junctions.
Members were asked to note a further email from Rachael Reeves MP who made further comments objecting still on the following grounds:
· Too close to residential area;
· Close to busy centre;
· Not discreet in advertising;
· Current times restrict activity when children are less likely to be around;
· Early morning opening increased disturbance to residents;
· That the club advertises group bookings for up to 250 people and that the car park not adequate for these numbers; and
· Close to Armley Primary School.
Members had visited the site earlier in the day. Photographs and plans were shown throughout the presentation.
Members were advised that the signage outside the club was under investigation. However it was not under consideration at this meeting.
Members were informed that Pandora was a private members club which had been given approval in 2016.
Recently, Steam Complex whose premise had been burnt down, had been using the facilities at Pandora for their clientele. Members were informed that this was the reason for the application to vary the opening hours. The original hours approved were:
· 19:00 to 00:00 Monday to Thursday and Sunday
· 19:00 to 02:00 Friday and Saturday
Members heard that the application before them was for an extension to the operating hours. The hours requested were:
· 10:00 to 01:00 Monday to Thursday
· 10:00 to 02:00 Friday and Saturday
· 10:00 to 00:00 Sunday
Members were advised the use of the premises was lawful and that the business were operating within current planning permission.
Members were informed that the main issue of concern was whether the increase in hours would impact on the number of people visiting the premises and whether this would have an impact on noise and disturbance in the area.
The Panel heard that no complaints had been received in relation to noise and disturbance.
Members noted the advice of the Architectural Liaison Officer who works with the Police that this type of premises are generally self-policing as they operate discreetly and do not ... view the full minutes text for item 77.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 1.30 p.m.
The next meeting of South and West Plans Panel will be Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 1.30 p.m.