Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Debbie Oldham  Email: debbie.oldham@leeds.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Site Visits

The following Members attended the two site visits: Councillors Walshaw, R Grahame, Ritchie, Wenham, Seary, Collins.

82.

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)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.

83.

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:-

 

Minutes:

There were no exempt items.

84.

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)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items.

85.

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. 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.

 

However Cllr. R Grahame brought it to the attention of the Panel that the application at item 9 – 18/06249/RM Reserved matters application for the construction of 23 flats and associated car parking (an increase of 5 flats from permission Ref: 17/07114/RM) at the former Stanks Fire Station, Sherburn Road, Swarcliffe Leeds, LS14, was located within Crossgates and Whinmoor ward of which his wife Cllr. Pauleen Grahame was a ward member.

86.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr. Wilkinson, Cllr. B Anderson attended the meeting as his substitute.

87.

Minutes - 7th February 2019 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To approve the minutes of the North and East Plans Panel meeting held on 7th February 2019.

Minutes:

 

 

RESOLVED – The minutes of the meeting held on 7th February 2019 were approved as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:

 

Minute 77 – Apologies for absence

Apologies had been received from Cllr. Wilkinson. Cllr. Wadsworth attended the meeting as his substitute.

88.

Matters arising

Minutes:

Under Minute 79 page 5 - 18/01973/FU – Detached classroom building and new decking area to the rear, at Leeds Montessori School and Day Nursery Wetherby Road, Roundhay, Cllr Grahame requested information in relation to the use of the private pathway in front of the row of houses which parents had been using to access the Montessori School. It had been suggested that the resident should seek legal advice in regard to this issue. Cllr. Grahame was of the view that the Council should look to assisting the resident so that this issue could be resolved.

 

The Chair informed the Panel that he would look into this matter and ascertain what legal and planning officers could suggest to assist.

89.

18/07852/OT - OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS (USE CLASSES B1/B2/D1), WITH ALL MATTERS RESERVED EXCEPT FOR ACCESS.LAND AT GATEWAY 45 NORTH AIRE VALLEY DRIVE CROSS GREEN LEEDS LS9 0PS pdf icon PDF 418 KB

 

 

The report of the Chief Planning Officer outlined a planning application for the development of a new engineering and technology campus (use classes B1/B2/D1), with all matters reserved except for access. Application is for land at Gateway 45 North, Aire Valley Drive, Cross Green, Leeds LS9 0PS.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out an outline application for the development of a new engineering and technology campus (Use B1, B2, D1), with all matters reserved except for access of land at Gateway 45 North, Aire Valley Drive, Cross Green, Leeds  LS9 0PS.

 

Members had visited the site earlier in the day. Photographs and plans were shown throughout the presentation. Apologies were given in relation to the fact that the layout plan had been omitted from the submitted report.

 

Members were advised that the application had been brought to Panel in light of strategic significance of the proposed development as it involves a new campus facility for the University of Leeds in which world-class research and development and the testing of high speed railway infrastructure and vehicles would be carried out.

 

The application site is to be developed by the University of Leeds as the Leeds Technology Campus (LETeC). The applicant had provided background and contextual information at 1.2 of the submitted report.

 

Members were informed of the following points:

·  All matters are reserved for future consideration with the exception of access, which was to be achieved off Aire valley Drive and Aire Valley Road;

·  The proposed facility would include two important components of an Infrastructure Test Facility and a Vehicle Test Facility;

·  The proposal for LETeC comprises of a range of buildings and structures to accommodate research and testing facilities as well as ancillary offices and teaching spaces. The development would also include associated internal access roads, car parking, service yards, rail sidings and landscaping;

·  The identified site lies adjacent to the proposed HS2 rolling stock depot, announced by the Government in July 2018. The site forms part of a wider development site, Gateway 45, formerly the Temple Green development site and lies within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

 

Members were advised that the Environment Agency had no objection to the proposed scheme. It was noted that advice had been offered and was set out at 10.17 of the submitted report. It was suggested that CEMP and BEMP conditions be added.

 

Members discussed the proposals and were supportive of the scheme.

 

In response to questions and comments from the Members the following information was provided:

·  The park and ride was successful with all 1000 spaces being used. Provision had been built into the scheme for another 300/400 spaces on land which had been set aside and did not include the land to be used for the campus;

·  Parking would be available for staff. However, it would not operate as a traditional campus site with srudents only attending for special events, such as testing. It was therefore anticipated that students who would most likely be based in the city centre could utilise the park and ride;

·  Grant funding for this application had been successful.

 

RESOLVED – To grant planning permission in accordance with the recommendation.

 

Additional conditions to address:

·  Submission for approval of an environmental management plan during construction; and

·  Submission for approval  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

18/07190/FU - DEMOLITION OF FORMER PUMP HOUSE; CONSTRUCTION OF ONE RESIDENTIAL DWELLING (CLASS USE C3) OLD PUMP HOUSE WIKE LANE BARDSEY LS17 9DE pdf icon PDF 773 KB

 

The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an application for the demolition of former pump house; construction of one residential dwelling (Class use C3) at Old Pump House, Wike Lane, Bardsey, LS17 9DE.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer requested Members consideration on an application for the demolition of former Pump House; construction of one residential dwelling (class use C3) at Old Pump House, Wike Lane, Bardsey, LS17 9DE.

 

Members had visited the site earlier in the day, photographs and plans were shown throughout the presentation.

 

Harewood Ward Members had requested that the application be brought to Plans Panel due to local concerns over the impact on the openness of the Green Belt and conflict with the Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Members were advised that it was acknowledged that this dwelling constituted inappropriate development within the Green Belt and causes some limited harm to the openness of the Green Belt. However, it was considered that there were very special circumstances, which were detailed within the submitted report.

 

The Panel were informed of the following points:

·  The site is brownfield comprising of a redundant and dilapidated former Yorkshire Water Pump House building with associated ancillary structures;

·  There is an established access track from Wike Lane to the site;

·  It is proposed that the existing access track will have passing places, there will be some re-alignment of hedges to provide the required visibility and the access will be gated;

·  The proposal is for a two storey dwelling of traditional design;

·  10 letters of objection had been received with concerns set out at point 6.3 of the submitted report;

·  An objection had been received from CPRE;

·  Bardsey Parish Council had submitted two letters of objection set out at point 6.6 of the report and East Keswick Parish Council had also objected as properties located nearest the site fall within East Keswick;

·  8 letters of support had been received with comments set out at 6.5 of the submitted report.

 

Members were advised of a number of typos and corrections to the report as follows:

·  Para. 5.2 and para.10.15: Visibility splay should be 90m not 101m and private driveway width should be 3.3m not 3.0m.

·  Condition 3: Should include Class E instead of F (also referenced at para. 10.8).

·  Additional condition: Submission of details of materials

·  Correction to heights of existing building and proposed dwelling (paras. 2.2 and 10.6)

o  Highest part of existing building is 7.1 (not 5.0m)

o  Eaves height of proposed dwelling is 4.4m (not 3.2m)

o  Ridge height is 5.6m )not4m) and gable is 5.3m (not 3.8m)

·  Typos at para 6.2: Should be 2019

·  Para 8.5 Policy BE1 (high quality design) from NP should be referenced

·  Typo Para. 10.5: penultimate sentence – should be para. 145 of NPPF (not 14g)

 

Members were also advised that two further letters of representation had been received and highlighted the following concerns:

·  Poor positioning of the site notices;

·  There will also be a larger area of landscape lost to the increased road size and to allow for hard landscaping around the dwelling;

·  The way in which the objections are summarised undermines the planning process as it does not do justice to the details submitted by multiple objectors;

·  The applicants  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.

91.

18/06249/RM - RESERVED MATTERS APPLICATION TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF APARTMENTS FROM 18 TO 23 FORMER SITE OF STANKS FIRE STATION SHERBURN ROAD SWARCLIFFE LEEDS LS14 5DW pdf icon PDF 3 MB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer requests Members consideration of a reserved matters application to increase the number of apartments from 18 to 23 at former site of Stanks Fire Station Sherburn Road, Swarcliffe, Leeds,

LS14  5DW.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer for a reserved matters application to increase the number of apartments from 18 to 23 at the former site of Stanks Fire Station, Sherburn Road, Swarcliffe, was presented to the Plans Panel as Members had previously resolved to grant permission on the 7th June 2018 for the construction of 18 flats with associated car parking. (Ref: 17/17114RM) Minute 10 refers.

 

The proposal for the laying out of 23 flats was set out at point 2.0 of the submitted report.

 

Representations had been received from 3 ward councillors who are not supportive of the proposals their objections were set out at point 6.2 of the report. 1 letter of objection had also been received, the objectors concerns were set out at point 6.4 of the report.

 

7 letters expressing support for the proposals had been received and were summarised at point 6.3 of the submitted report.

 

Members were advised of the following points:

·  2017 permission work had started but has stopped in November 2018 pending the outcome of this meeting;

·  TPO trees are still in situ;

·  The 5 extra flats to be located within the roof space of the development already approved;

·  An additional condition recommended for the reinstatement of redundant crossings and works to the  new access to be agreed;

·  Parking spaces to increase to 30 spaces.

 

Members were shown photographs, plans, comparison plans and floor layouts for proposed additional flats.

 

Cllr. Gruen addressed the Panel informing them of the following points:

·  A previous application for 13 houses had been refused and had also been refused at appeal;

·  Approval was given for 18 flats which in his view was over development of the site but he was prepared to give the benefit of doubt;

·  An additional 5 flats would be a 30% increase of flats on this site;

·  Proposed parking currently has spaces for 3 electric vehicles and 2 disabled parking bays, Cllr Gruen suggested that 33 spaces were required, as the adjoining roads were not wide enough for on street parking;

·  The 3 ward members were not supportive of the proposal;

·  The design and quality of flats should be the same across the city and the development should be sustainable;

·  Additional bin storage was needed.

 

Mr Hurst the applicant attended the meeting and provided the Panel with the following information:

·  All policy tests had been met for the 5 extra flats;

·  No objections had been received from Highways in relation to parking;

·  There is a demand for housing in this area;

·  Negotiations had taken place with officers and the density was within policy;

·  The development provided opportunities to make money and also provided homes for the people of the area;

·  No dormers would be placed at the front of the buildings;

·  Parking spaces have met Highways Policy tests;

·  The extra flats were an after-thought to use space that would otherwise be wasted.

 

Members discussed at length the following points;

·  Space standards;

·  Quality of life of those residents in the flats;  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

17/05137/FU - ERECTION OF NINE HOUSES, LAYING OUT OF ACCESS ROAD WITH ANCILLARY CAR PARKING AND LANDSCAPING; DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUNGALOW AND OUTBUILDINGS WELBURN COTTAGE DEIGHTON ROAD WETHERBY LS22 7QF pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer outlined an application for the erection of nine houses, laying out of access road with ancillary acar parking and landscaping; demolition of existing bungalow and outbuildings at Welburn Cottage, Deighton Road, Wetherby, LS22 7QF.

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out an application for the erection of nine houses, laying out of access road with ancillary car parking and landscaping; demolition of existing bungalow and outbuildings at, Welburn Cottage, Deighton Road, Wetherby, LS22 7QF.

 

This application was originally reported to Plans Panel on the 6th September 2018. Minute 44 refers. The application was deferred for further discussions in relation to the spatial layout of the houses to the rear of the development and also bin storage for the whole scheme.

 

After the September meeting discussions took place between the applicant and local residents in the form of two public meetings, one of which was attended by officers. This application is a result of those meetings, although recent objection letters received seem to indicate that residents’ concerns had not been overcome.

 

Members had visited the site previously. Plans and photographs were shown throughout the presentation.

 

The revised plan proposed:

·  A pair of semi-detached houses and a detached house instead of 3 detached dwellings;

·  The visitor car parking spaces had been deleted and located to the rear of the development;

·  Paths were now proposed for easy accessibility of bin storage;

·  No changes to the terraced properties;

·  Front wall to be retained; and

·  Semi-detached properties to have integral garages to the side.

 

Two further letters of representation received from two people who had previously given representation, one of the two also represents other residents. Issues raised:

·  Over development of the site;

·  Terrace properties adds to sense of enclosure;

·  Out of character with the area;

·  Does not conform with Core Strategy;

·  Bin collections;

·  Wish all of the front wall to be retained, with gaps cut into it to provide access points to the terrace houses;

·  Substandard footway should be retained;

·  Loss of vegetation;

·  Access and parking problems;

·  Lack of clarity on the TRO and impact on surrounding properties;

·  Commercial vans will have difficulty accessing site;

·  Development is not meeting the needs of the local community;

·  Terrace should be replaced by 4 semi-detached orientated inwardly with their rear gardens abutting the Deighton Road frontage.

 

Member’s discussions included:

·  Site still too cramped;

·  The land at the side of the development required for visibility;

·  Speed of traffic on Deighton Road, need for signs and cameras;

·  Space within the terraced houses;

·  Security locks to be compliant with standard;

·  Front wall;

·  Bin storage and access;

·  Collection of refuse and access;

·  Parking spaces.

 

Advice was provided by officers and included:

·  Speed Indication Devices (SID’s) had been installed along Deighton Road, this was separate to this application;

·  Parking within the site;

·  5.5m carriageway, wide enough;

·  Designated visitor spaces;

·  Primary schools, bus stops, doctors, and Aldi within acceptable walking distance; and

·  Front wall would have gated entrances.

 

RESOLVED – Planning permission granted in accordance with the officer recommendation.

 

 

Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 10.5, Councillors B Anderson, D Collins and S Seary required it to be recorded that they had abstained during the vote and Councillor Dobson voted against the decision  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92.

93.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 1:30pm.

Minutes:

The next meeting of North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 1:30pm.