Agenda and minutes

South and West Plans Panel - Thursday, 1st July, 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall

Contact: Andy Booth  Email:


No. Item


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)


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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


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There was 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)


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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. 


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Councillor P Wray informed the Panel that the application site fell within his Ward but he would be treating the application with an open mind and without pre-determination.




Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor R Finnigan.




Application 20/07516/FU - Leeds Valley Park, Savannah Way, Rothwell, Leeds, LS10 1AB pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an application for phased erection of industrial/warehouse buildings with ancillary office space with associated access, car parkling, servicing pedestrian infrastructure, drainage infrastructure, landscaping and associated works.


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The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for the phased erection of industrial/warehouse buildings with ancillary office space with associated access, car parking, servicing, pedestrian infrastructure, drainage infrastructure, landscaping and associated works at Leeds Valley Park, Savannah Way, Rothwell, Leeds.


Site plans and photographs were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.


The following was highlighted:


·  The site had an undeveloped area of land and was adjacent to the M621.  There was a public right of way to the side of the site.

·  There were areas of green infrastructure to the boundaries of the site.

·  Details of the public rights of way and proposed revisions.

·  Access to the site would be from Savannah Way.  Each unit would have serving areas and car parking.

·  There would be a number of highways works as part of the Section 106 contribution.

·  Proposed landscaping.  There would be the loss of 40 trees but these would be rplaced at a ratio of 1:9.

·  Biodiversity contribution – there would be a contribution of £244,750 to be delivered in the Hunslet & Riverside Ward.

·  CGI images of the proposals were shown.

·  There would be a clause in the Section 106 agreement to seek local employment opportunities.

·  It was recommended that the application be deferred and delegated to the Chief Planning Officer for approval.


The Panel heard from an objector to the application on behalf of the owner of the  office block adjacent to the site.  The following was raised:


·  The introduction of warehouse and distribution would significantly change the use of the park which had focused on high quality office accommodation.

·  Road safety – there would be a high volume of HGV and LGV vehicles and this would compromise the safety of other users of the park including cyclists and pedestrians.

·  There was concern regarding the extent and efficiency of the landscaping.


The applicant’s representative addressed the Panel.  The following was highlighted:


·  This would be a high quality industrial logistics development and be of economical benefit to the city. It would provide a high quality visual and environmental benchmark.

·  Road safety – the applicant owned the road.  It was designed for HGV vehicles and was wider than a standard road and could accommodate cyclists.

·  The proposals would create up to 500 jobs.

·  It was expected that the development would be fully occupied within twelve months of completion.

·  There was enhanced pedestrian and public transport connections to and through the site.

·  Provision of cycle storage and electric vehicle charging.

·  In response to questions, the following was discussed:

o  The road was designed for HGV traffic and speed reduction measures were in place.

o  There were specified cycle lanes.

o  It was proposed to plant 40 mature trees with 4,000 square metres of woodland scrubland mix.

o  Existing trees had been assessed as low value.  Hedgerows would be retained and enhanced and there would be new hedgerows.  There would be a significant benefit.


In response to questions and comments from the Panel, the following  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday, 29 July 2021 at 1.30 p.m.

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 at 1.30 p.m.