Agenda and draft minutes

Development Plan Panel
Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Natasha Prosser 0113 3788021 

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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 are no appeals against refusal.



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:


There was no exempt information.



Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration.


(The special circumstance shall be specified in the minutes).


There were no late items.



Declaration 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 Anderson, Campbell, C Gruen and Finnigan.


Councillor Stephenson acted as a substitute for Councillor Anderson and Councillor Wray acted as a substitute for Councillor Gruen.



Minutes - 12th November 2019 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held 12th November 2019.



RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Development Plan Panel meeting held on 12th November 2019, be approved as an accurate record.


Matters Arising


Minute 35 – Members were updated on the position of the Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum Challenge to the SAP. Members were informed that the judge of the oral hearing had resolved to hear representations on the 5th and 6th February 2020 in court, in regard to the claim to request permission for the challenge; subject to permission being granted, this determined whether a further hearing would be needed, and should permission be refused the application would come to a close.


Minute 36 – Climate Emergency and Planning. An update on the White Rose Forest Project would be provided to Panel Members, including elements of engagement between elected members and residents.


Minute 37 – Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). A Member sought clarity on re-including garages as counting towards parking spaces, in the Climate Emergency SPD. Members heard an update would be provided at a later date.


Minute 38 – Implementation of Core Strategy Policy H4. Members were informed that an update on the Authority Monitoring Report (AMR), would be provided at a future DPP meeting.


The Head of Strategic Planning informed Members that the role of Group Manager, Policy and Plans, had successfully been appointed to Adam Harvatt.



Local Development Scheme (Local Plan Work Programme) Update 2020 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

The report of the Chief Planning Officer provides the Panel with an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) work programme for the period 2020 to 2023. The report notes the contents of the Statutory Development Plan for Leeds and the non-statutory documents that are also relevant to decision making.


Appendix 1sets out the draft latest revised version of the LDS.


(Report attached)


Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Planning Officer provided the Panel with an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) work programme for the period 2020 to 2030, setting out the administrative context for the review of the Site Allocations Plan (SAP) and update of the Local Plan.


Appended to the report included the latest draft version of the LDS.


The Head of Strategic Planning introduced the report, and explained that the Council intended to update specific parts of the Local Plan, beginning with Housing Policies of the SAP to align with the Core Strategy and other polices in regard to the climate emergency. It was highlighted that progress has been made with:

·  Adoption of the SAP

·  Adoption of the Core Strategy Selective Review (CSSR)

·  8 made Neighbourhood Plans

·  A Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)


The submitted report (at 9.2) set out the Neighbourhood Areas that had been designated. Members were informed that good progress had been made on the Neighbourhood Plans (NPs), particularly those in the Inner Areas.


In responding to a query regarding Policy H10 Minimum Space Standards of the Core Strategy, Members were informed of the intention to provide the Panel with an update at the DPP to be held in March 2020.


A suggestion to reflect policies regarding tree planting and biodiversity within the CSSR was discussed. Officers agreed that a focus on implementing climate emergency policies in the context of a climate declaration could be added to the Local Development Scheme.


Clarity was sought on Neighbourhood Areas being in two wards, and Members noted that this was due to ward boundaries falling within different Housing Market Characteristic Areas (HMCAs).


The Article 4 Direction Plan was discussed in regard to policy compliant schemes. Officers explained that Article 4 did not form part of the Local Development Plan, and would be taken into consideration as part of a wider work programme, including requests to extend its geographical scope.


A suggestion for a minor amendment was made to the timescales of the review due date to be changed to March 2020, and received support from Members of the Panel.


The report was welcomed by Members.


RESOLVED – To note the contents of the updated LDS, with the inclusion of the suggestions as set out above, prior to the LDS being placed on the Council’s web-site.



Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the date and time of the next meeting as Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 13:30.



RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as 18th February 2020 at 1.30 p.m.


(The meeting concluded at 13:55)