Agenda and draft minutes

City Plans Panel
Thursday, 30th January, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: John Grieve , 0113 3788662  Email: john.grieve@leeds.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

A Members site visit was held in connection with the following applications:

PREAPP/20/00018 – New terminal and changes to the day time flight regime at Leeds/ Bradford Airport, Application No.17/08262/OT – Residential development at West Ardsley, WF3 and PREAPP/19/00511 – Highway works and new entrance to Leeds Train Station, Leeds 1 and was attended by the following Councillors: K Brooks, P Carlill, C Campbell, R Finnigan,

D Jenkins, G Latty, J McKenna, E Nash, P Wadsworth and N Walshaw. 

 

 

101.

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 the refusal of inspection of documents.

 

102.

Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of 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 items identified where it was considered necessary to exclude the press or public from the meeting due to the confidential nature of the business to be considered.

 

103.

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:

Although there were no late items the Chair did accept the inclusion of Supplementary Information in respect of Agenda Item No. 8 (Application No. 17/08262/OT – Outline Application for Residential Development to land off Haigh Moor Road, West Ardsley (Minute No.109 referred) and additional representation in respect of Agenda Item No. 14 (PREAPP/20/00018 – New Terminal Building and change in daytime flight regime at Leeds/Bradford International Airport (Minute No.108 referred)

104.

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 made at the meeting.

 

105.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: D Blackburn, C Gruen and A Khan

 

Councillors: K Brooks, R Finnigan and D Jenkins were in attendance as substitute Members.

 

106.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To consider the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6th January 2020.

 

 

(Copy attached)

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 6th January 2020 were submitted for comment/ approval.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6th January 2020 be accepted as a true and correct record.

 

107.

Matters Arising from the Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider any Matters Arising from the minutes.

Minutes:

Former Marsh Lane Railway Station (Minute No. 95 referred) – With reference to the previous meeting when this issue was discussed the Chief Planning Officer now reported the receipt of a letter from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The letter suggested that whilst Marsh Lane can be looked at again, previous studies have indicated that stopping trains so close to Leeds centre creates dis-benefit for existing passengers. Furthermore the track and signalling constraints in this area affect feasibility which would make it difficult to build a business case.

 

RESOLVED – That the issue be referred to the Development Plans Panel for further consideration.

 

 

108.

PREAPP/20/00018 - New Terminal Building and Change In Daytime Flight Regime at Leeds Bradford International Airport pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a pre-application proposal which seeks a new Terminal Building and Change In

Daytime Flight Regime at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which sets out details of a

Pre-application proposal which sought the provision of a new terminal building and a change in the daytime flight regime at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

 

Members visited the site prior to the meeting. Site photographs and plans were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site / location / context

·  At the current time Leeds Bradford Airport was not looking to construct the approved extension (Application No. 18/06788/FU approved December 2018) but intends to upgrade the airport’s facilities by building a new passenger terminal.

·  The new terminal would be environmentally sustainable, high quality, modern (fit for purpose) and would improve passenger experience, satisfy future demands and enable the airport to deliver on a highly ambitious sustainability agenda.

·  The new building will be located to the eastern area of the airport on the existing runway apron.

·  The building is likely to be three floors (including a mezzanine level) and will be 34,100 sqm

·  Lower ground floor will provide surface access to the forecourt and access to the main terminal by lifts and escalators

·  Ground floor (main terminal) will provide the check in hall and the arrivals halls along with baggage reclaim, customs and baggage make up

·  First floor mezzanine (main terminal) will include immigration and associated facilities linked to the western walkway

·  Second floor (main terminal) – this includes central search and departure lounge with associated retail, food and beverage, duty free and premium lounges. It provides direct access

·  A western walkway will be provided alongside the new terminal building and will provide contact stands for approximately 12 aircraft.

·  The new terminal building will be targeted as an ‘excellent’ accredited rating under the BREEAM standard which will be designed to maximise energy efficiency and incorporate energy generation on site.

·  The proposal will involve a new and modified vehicular (and pedestrian/cycle) access from Whitehouse Lane. The existing car park will be reconfigured to provide new internal service roads, bus parking and pick up and drop off points. A new forecourt will be provided to the east of the terminal building.

·  The proposal will also involve the relocation of the existing fuel tanks and reconfiguration of the existing car parking. The intention is to maintain the same level of parking, and if additional car parking is required this can be provided at Viking Car Park, which is owned by the airport.

·  The proposal also involves changes to the day time flight regime which was originally approved in 1993. The current daytime period for the airport is 0700 to 2300, with the night time period 2300 to 0700. The proposal is to change the daytime period so it will be 0600 to 2330 and shorten the night time period to 2330 to 0600.

 

Members raised the following questions:

 

·  Why was it crucial that the flight regime is changed

·  Had local community groups  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.

109.

Application No. 17/08262/OT - Outline application for a residential development with all matters reserved save for the two principle accesses off Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road, (but not to include access within the site), three points of access at Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane, associated works, public open space provision and accessibility and qualitative improvements to local greenspace to land off Haigh Moor Road and Westerton Road, West Ardsley, Leeds WF3. pdf icon PDF 6 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an outline application for a residential development with all matters reserved save for the two principle accesses off Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road, (but not to include access within the site), three points of access at Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane, associated works, public open space provision and accessibility and qualitative improvements to local greenspace to land off Haigh Moor Road and Westerton Road, West Ardsley, Leeds WF3.

 

 

(Report attached)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which sets out details of an outline application for a residential development with all matters reserved save for the two principle accesses off Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road, (but not to include access within the site), three points of access at Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane, associated works, public open space provision and accessibility and qualitative improvements to local greenspace to land off Haigh Moor Road and Westerton Road, West Ardsley, Leeds WF3.

 

Members visited the site prior to the meeting.  Site photographs and plans were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

Planning Officers addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site/ location/context

·  The proposal is to develop 299 dwellings within two sites that are allocated under the Council’s recently-adopted SAP, with associated works

·  Creation of public open spaces, a nature reserve and wider accessibility and qualitative improvements.

·  The developable parts of the two SAP sites are separated into four plots.

·  The collective development of the four plots will facilitate the creation of various public open spaces and the enhancement and improvement to Haigh Wood and surrounding public rights of way.

·  Accesses into the four parcels of housing land including two principle accesses from Westerton Road and Haigh Moor Road; and three points of access from Upper Green Avenue, Sandringham Drive and Hill Top Lane.

·  House types to range in size, type and tenure.

·  15% Affordable housing is proposed.

·  The areas surrounding the site comprise of residential properties, interspersed by local facilities, including small shops, schools, public houses and other local community facilities.

·  The areas of residential properties are interspersed with public open spaces and wider agricultural fields that are defined as Green Belt land.

·  To the east of Haigh Moor Road there is Ardsley Reservoir, whilst to the west – within the middle of this site – there is Baghill Beck and Haigh Woods.

·  Various public footpaths cross the application site and link the residential streets with the wider public green spaces.

·  There are some historic Grade II Listed buildings within the wider area, however, none are sited within the proposed development site.

·  The site is policy compliant and in accordance with the Site Allocation Plan (SAP)

·  The site is considered to be sustainable and meets National/ Local Plan requirements

The Planning Case Officer reported the receipt of further representations following publication of the application on the 22nd January 2020.

 

·  Recent housing developments had increased traffic in the area and this would make things considerably worse;

·  The road infrastructure is at capacity and junction 28 of the M62 and

·  sections of the A653 and the A650 are particularly bad;

·  Insufficient doctors and schools for additional families

The applicant has a responsibility to improve ecological networks such as Haigh Woods and achieve biodiversity net gains;

·  The development is unsustainable;

·  The development will adversely affect Haigh Woods;

·  The area has had its fair share of housing

 

Officers  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.

110.

Application reference 19/01010/FU - Major planning application for demolition of existing buildings, construction of two residential (Use Class C3) buildings including communal areas for residential use, servicing, basement car parking, landscaping, public open space and highway works at land off Marsh Lane, Saxton Lane and Flax Place, Leeds, LS9 8HE pdf icon PDF 866 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an application which seeks the for demolition of existing buildings, construction of two residential (Use Class C3) buildings including communal areas for residential use, servicing, basement car parking, landscaping, public open space and highway works at land off Marsh Lane, Saxton Lane and Flax Place, Leeds, LS9 8HE

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

With reference to the meeting of 19th October 2019 and the decision to defer and delegate the application to the Chief Planning Officer for approval subject to the draft conditions and the completion of a Section 106 Agreement.

 

The Chief Planning Officer now submitted a report which explained that one of the obligations to be included within the agreement was to provide 15 No. affordable housing units on site. This figure was the result of the independent review, undertaken by the District Valuer’s Office, of a Development Viability Appraisal submitted by the applicant. The report concluded that although the applicant could not afford the full policy compliant position of 7% of the total units as affordable housing the applicant could afford to provide 4.23% (15) of the total units as affordable housing in addition to the other Section 106 and CIL obligations. The units would be provided at the Council’s adopted affordable benchmark rents and proportionally reflect the mix of accommodation type and unit sizes proposed within the overall development.

 

It was reported that following lengthy discussions with the developer and funders of the development and due to the difficulties of providing on-site affordable housing in this case, and taking into account the flexibility provided for affordable housing on Build to Rent (BtR) schemes by the Council’s adopted policy, it had been concluded that the commuted sum option was now the preferred route. The applicant had also stated that the timetable for the commencement of construction was to be on site in Q2 of this year, and so the requirement to receive planning permission was now urgent.

 

Members raised the following questions to officers:

 

·  The affordable housing was not able to be provided on-site and the proposal was now to provide a commuted sum which would be spent in the vicinity of the site.

·  Members queried if the commuted sum would be spent within the same Ward 

·  In agreeing to an off-site commuted sum, were we not setting a precedent

 

In responding to the issues raised, Planning Officers said:

 

·  Officers confirmed that under the revised adopted Core Strategy policy (H5) a commuted sum in lieu of on-site provision was policy compliant for BtR development

·   Members were informed that there was a proposal to potentially use the commuted sum on a neighbouring development

·  Members were informed that a revised policy had already been adopted and an off-site commuted sum was policy compliant 

 

In offering comments Members raised the following matters:

 

·  If this was a different type of residential development, on-site affordable housing would be required

 

 

Referring to the revised adopted policy the Chair said that an off-site commuted sum for affordable housing provision was now policy compliant and in this particular case would move the project forward.

 

RESOLVED – To approve a revision to the obligations agreed at City Plans Panel on 10th October 2019 in respect of affordable housing provision i.e. from 15 affordable units to be provided on site to an off-site commuted sum of £1,084,881.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.

111.

Application No. 19/06325/FU - Part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS and Listed Building Consent Application 19/06326/LI for the part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which seeks the part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS and Listed Building Consent (Application 19/06326/LI) for the part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which sought the part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS and Listed Building Consent (Application 19/06326/LI) for the part demolition of the existing buildings, a change of use to and the construction of an Apart-Hotel (C1), leisure (A4) and commercial uses (B1) at 161 - 167 The Headrow, 19 - 21 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2QS

 

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

 

Planning Officers addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site/ Location/ Context

·  Proposal – New 5 storey building at 19 – 21 East Parade and to convert existing the adjacent Grade II Listed former Jubilee Hotel to create a 43 unit apart-hotel (C1)

·  Commercial space at ground floor to be used either for office proposals (B1) or a bar use (A4).

·  To the rear a raised, enclosed, private deck area will be created for use by guests in the aparthotel.

·  Materials; red brick and slate roofing

·  Corbeling detailing around the windows

·  Green walls to frontage and courtyard area

 

Members raised the following questions to officers/ applicant’s representatives

 

·  In the future, if this building was to convert to flats, would it be permitted development

·  Would it be possible to include a brick feature to the corner of the roof of the new building

·  Would there be any public realm benefits from this development

·  Would it be possible to secure a public transport contribution

·  Where would taxis pick up and drop off

·  Would a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contribution be required

 

In responding to the issues raised, Planning Officers/ the applicant’s representatives said:

 

·  Members were informed that planning permission would be required for any such conversion

·  Officers confirmed that the issue would be discussed with the applicants architect

·  It was reported that an extra section of the footpath had already been secured but neither the potential  impact of the development nor adopted planning policy required further obligations to be provided for public realm and public transport improvements

·  The LCC Highways Officer confirmed that pick up and drop off would be located down the side of the building (Park Cross Street)

·  Members were advised that the amount of CIL contribution would be £7314.55 in this case

 

In offering comments Members raised the following matters:

 

·  The majority of Members welcomed the design of the building

·  Members welcomed the proposals for the green walls

·  One Member wished to see a brick feature to the top corner of the new building

·  One Member suggested that the finials were unnecessary

·  Welcome active street scene

·  Welcome opportunity to view sample materials at condition discharge stage

 

The Chair thanked the developers for their attendance and presentation, commenting that Members appeared to be supportive of the application

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)  That Application No. 19/06325/FU be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.

112.

Application No. 19/06529/FU - Part 15 storey, part 2 storey hotel building (Use Class C1), with ancillary restaurant and bar, conference and meeting facilities, gym, associated landscaping, access and servicing arrangements and other associated works. Advertisement Application 19/06528/ADV for a digital advertisement screen to the side elevation of the new hotel building both at land between the Eastgate Roundabout, Dyer Street and the A61 to the east of the Victoria Gate multi storey car park, Leeds, LS2 7JL. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an application for part 15 storey, part 2 storey hotel building (Use Class C1), with ancillary restaurant and bar, conference and meeting facilities, gym, associated landscaping, access and servicing arrangements and other associated works. Advertisement Application 19/06528/ADV for a digital advertisement screen to the side elevation of the new hotel building both at land between the Eastgate Roundabout, Dyer Street and the A61 to the east of the Victoria Gate multi storey car park, Leeds, LS2 7JL.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which sets out details of an application for part 15 storey, part 2 storey hotel building (Use Class C1), with ancillary restaurant and bar, conference and meeting facilities, gym, associated landscaping, access and servicing arrangements and other associated works. Advertisement Application 19/06528/ADV for a digital advertisement screen to the side elevation of the new hotel building both at land between the Eastgate Roundabout, Dyer Street and the A61 to the east of the Victoria Gate multi storey car park, Leeds, LS2 7JL.

 

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

 

Planning Officers addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site/ location/context

·  The proposal is to create a new part 15, part 2 storey hotel development (205 bedrooms) - Use Class C1

·  Conference space would be provided at first floor level, with associated meeting rooms.

·  Restaurant space, an entrance lobby and bar lounge (Use Class A3 and A4) at ground floor level

·  A digital screen (advertisement display) located on the north facing façade of the building.

 

Members raised the following questions to officers/ applicant’s representatives

 

·  The digital screen, was it on all the time (24/7) and what was located behind the screen

·  The cycle store, would it be secure

 

In responding to the issues raised, Planning Officers/ the applicant’s representatives said:

 

·  Officers confirmed that the screen would be switched off at night (Conditioned). The screen is integrated into the façade of the building with hotel rooms located behind.

·  Members were informed that the cycle store would be a secure facility

 

In offering comments Members raised the following matters:

 

·  The majority of Members welcomed the design of the building commenting that it was: attractive, of a high quality, an innovative design and would make a positive economic impact to the area

·  One Member suggested the design was ugly and that a stunning design was required in this location

·  Some Members expressed the view that they would like to see some green walls

 

The Chair thanked the developers for their attendance and presentation, commenting that the majority of Members appeared to be supportive of the application.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)  That Application No.19/06529/FU be deferred and delegated to the Chief Planning Officer for approval, subject to the conditions specified in  Appendix 1 of the submitted report and any others which the Chief Planning Officer considers appropriate and subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement to secure the following obligations:

 

·  Employment and training of local people

·  The provision of publicly accessible areas

·  Provision of a Travel Plan Review fee of £3,630.00

 

(ii)  In the event of the Section 106 Agreement having not been completed within 3 months of the resolution to grant planning permission, the final determination of the application shall be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer.

 

(iii)  That Application No. 19/06528/ADV be deferred and delegated to the Chief Planning Officer for approval, subject to the conditions specified in Appendix 1 of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 112.

113.

Application No. 17/02594/OT - Outline application with all matters reserved except for access, for the creation of a new community comprising up to 800 dwellings, a food store (A1) (up to 372 sq.m), primary school and public open spaces at Land off Racecourse Approach, Wetherby, LS22. pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of an outline application with all matters reserved except for access, for the creation of a new community comprising up to 800 dwellings, a food store (A1) (up to 372 sq.m), primary school and public open spaces at Land off Racecourse Approach, Wetherby, LS22.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

With reference to the meeting held on 29th August 2019 and the decision to

“ defer and delegate to the Chief Planning Officer for approval subject to the submission of an amended Masterplan and Access Parameter Plan and following the delivery of a vehicular access into the site from York Road to meet the SAP Site Requirements (mechanism by which the vehicular access can be delivered by the applicant and how this is controlled be through the Section 106 Agreement or by condition (whichever is most appropriate) and subject to the conditions specified in the submitted report (and any other conditions which the Chief Planning Officer may consider appropriate) and the completion of a section 106 Agreement to cover the obligations set out in the report dated 29th August 2019”.

 

The Chief Planning Officer now submitted a report indicating that it had not been possible for the applicant to secure a vehicular access across the third party land in the south western corner of the allocation as the landowner shows no signs of wishing to develop their part of the allocation at the present time, although improvements for cyclists and pedestrians can still be delivered. Alternatives had been discussed and the applicant could deliver a bus gate into the site from York Road which would enable development of the site to proceed.

 

The Planning Case Officer reported the receipt of further representation from: the Wetherby Civic Society who expressed concern about the lack of a safe route for students attending Wetherby High School and the avenue of protected trees along York Road should be retained. Better Wetherby were also of the view that the avenue of trees be retained.

 

The Panel heard from Councillor A Lamb and Mr P Catton (Better Wetherby) who were objecting to the application

 

Councillor Lamb said the SAP allocation was subject to a number of conditions: the avenue of trees must be retained and full vehicular access to the site is required that meets accessibility standards. It is understood the land owner in question is unwilling to sell, therefore full vehicular access cannot be achieved. This application does not need to be rushed, time needs to be taken to find a proper solution.

 

Mr P Catton supported the comments made by Councillor Lamb and added that it was all too easy to give into developers on highway matters, the conditions of the SAP must be adhered to. He also expressed concern about the lack of a safe route for students attending Wetherby High School.

 

There were no questions to Councillor Lamb or Mr Catton

 

The Panel heard from Mr M Johnson (Applicant’s Agent) who spoke in support of the application.

 

Referring to the meeting of 29th August 2019 Mr M Johnson said that strong conditions had been drafted and there was also the obligations within the Section 106 Agreement, however there remained a mild problematic issue in terms of access to the bottom corner of the site. An alternative access arrangement had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 113.

114.

PREAPP/19/00511 - Alterations and improvements including a new entrance onto New Station Street, the pedestrianisation of New Station Street, the provision of cycle hub, the upgrading of pedestrian routes from Bishopgate Street onto Neville Street and Dark Neville Street and the provision of segregated cycle routes and associated works.
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To consider a report by the Chief Planning Officer which sets out details of a pre-allocation proposal for alterations and improvements including

a new entrance onto New Station Street, the pedestrianisation of New Station Street, the provision of cycle hub, the upgrading of pedestrian routes from Bishopgate Street onto Neville Street and Dark Neville Street and the provision of segregated cycle routes and associated works.

 

 

(Report attached)

Minutes:

The Chief Planning Officer submitted a report which sets out details of a

Pre-allocation proposal for alterations and improvements including

a new entrance onto New Station Street, the pedestrianisation of New Station Street, the provision of cycle hub, the upgrading of pedestrian routes from Bishopgate Street onto Neville Street and Dark Neville Street and the provision of segregated cycle routes and associated works.

 

Members visited the site prior to the meeting. Site photographs and plans were displayed and referred to throughout the discussion of the application.

 

The applicant’s representatives addressed the Panel, speaking in detail about the proposal and highlighted the following:

 

·  Site / location / context

·  Development of a multi-modal transport interchange.

·  Pedestrianisation of New Station Street from the junction with Boar Lane to the point where it meets City Square, with only service vehicles and British Transport Police vehicles allowed access

·  Major improvements to the main entrance, enhancing the image of the station and creating a gateway to the city.

·  Complete re-design and re-building of the station entrance connecting

  Bishopgate and key pedestrian access routes to the east and south of   the city centre.

·  Accessibility improvements through the installation of new pedestrian lifts connecting Bishopgate and the station entrance.

·  Enhanced pedestrian and cycle friendly routes through Neville Street, Dark Neville Street and Victoria Road to actively promote sustainable forms of transport.

·  Improving connectivity across the city centre by installing high quality cycle lanes on key strategic gaps in the city centre.

·  Installation of the 700 storage cycle hub at the junction of Bishopgate Street with the Neville Street Bridge providing connectivity from the Station to the cycle routes around Leeds centre and wider district. The cycle hub will include space for electric bikes and is expected to offer maintenance and repair services in addition to storage facilities.

·  Infrastructure improvements will help support the Climate Emergency agenda by encouraging uptake of sustainable forms of transport.

 

Members raised the following questions:

 

·  Solutions were needed for pick-up and drop-off area at the Aire Street entrance

·  The proposal is to reduce traffic on Neville Street, where will the traffic be redirected to

·  The creation of a 700 space cycle hub appeared too large, was it necessary to be so big

·  Taxis waiting on Concordia Street may become problematic

·  The proposed cycle lane within the dark arches, could it be repositioned down one side and not down the centre of the street as currently proposed

 

In responding to the issues raised, the applicant’s representatives said:

 

·  It was reported that this was the first stage of a bigger plan. New Bus Schemes, new highway layout and revised taxi and private hire arrangements all required addressing but work would only be carried out as funds became available. Traffic flow around City Square has its own programme but the presented proposals were part of a more holistic solution

·  Members were informed that other similar cycle hub schemes in Sheffield and Exeter were well used

·  Members were advised that Taxis queuing on Concordia Street was just  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – To note that the next meeting will take place on Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds