Decisions

Details of officer decisions relating to planning applications.

Decisions published

12/06/2024 - Amendment to the Constitution ref: 57502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: City Solicitor

Decision published: 12/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

Set out in the attached report.

Lead officer: Kate Sadler


12/06/2024 - Objection Report – Otley Old Road, Bramhope – 40mph Speed Limit ref: 57500    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 12/06/2024

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Decision:

The Chief Officer (Highways & Transportation) was asked to:

a) Note the contents of this report and the objections detailed in Appendix A.

b) Consider and taking into account the comments made, overrule the objections received to Leeds City Council Leeds City Council (Speed Limit Order) (No.42) Order 2023.

c) Request the City Solicitor to write to the objector informing them of the decision taken and to then make and seal the above Order.

Wards affected: Adel and Wharfedale;

Lead officer: Jonathan Waters


20/06/2024 - Leeds School Calendar - academic year 2025-2026 ref: 57503    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To agree the school calendar for community and voluntary controlled schools and SILCs for the academic year 2025 – 2026.

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/06/2024

Effective from: 28/06/2024

Decision:

See attached report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Laura Collier


20/06/2024 - Capacity for Educational Psychology / SENSAP to meet statutory responsibilities - Additional Provision ref: 57501    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The Council, like many Local Authorities, faces unprecedented demand in relation to the consideration of requests for support for additional Education, Health and Care needs of young people and subsequent issuing of Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP). EHCPs have, by statute, to be issued within set timescales and must include advice from Education Psychologists. Given the current demand for EHCPs there is a significant recruitment and retention issue for local authorities seeking to recruit and retain Educational Psychologists. The Council is currently not fulfilling its responsibility in terms of timelines with a considerable number of EHCPs which need to be either reviewed or issued. Despite the best endeavours of the existing staff, additional capacity is required to address this backlog and improve the performance on timeliness of the end-to-end EHCP process. The EHCP process is a significant undertaking for young people and families, the timely issuing of plans will ensure an improved experience for children and families and improved outcomes for children. Accordingly, the Directorate proposes to enter into contractual arrangements for the purchase of interim support from specialised recruitment agencies for appropriate Educational Psychologists to be engaged to work on and reduce the EHCP assessments and reviews that are currently delayed.

 

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/06/2024

Effective from: 28/06/2024

Decision:

Please see attached report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Phil Evans


11/06/2024 - Changes to Leaders Executive Arrangements ref: 57498    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Leader of Council

Decision published: 11/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

The leader has approved changes to his Executive Arrangements to take effect immediately.

At the Annual Meeting of Council on the 23rd May 2024 the Leader presented his Executive Arrangements.

The Leader wishes to amend the arrangements as set out in Appendix A attached with immediate effect.

Lead officer: Paul Simpson


11/06/2024 - Appointments to Committees, Boards & Panels during the period between the Annual Council Meeting (23rd May 2024) and the first Ordinary Meeting of Council (10th July 2024) ref: 57497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: City Solicitor

Decision published: 11/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

That following consultation with the relevant Group Whip, the Head of Democratic Services approved the following amendment to the membership of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee under the provisions of para 4b) ii) of the City Solicitor’s (Council (non-executive) functions) Officer Delegation Scheme:
• Councillor A Rontree to replace Councillor J Bowden.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Helen Gray


11/06/2024 - Railings at Woodhouse Lane car park - Phase 1 ref: 57496    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Decision published: 11/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

a) The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment approved the procurement of contractors through an open competitive procedure to carry out the installation of security railings at Woodhouse Lane Car Park for Phase 1 of the works.

b) The Chief Officer Financial services approved the injection of £475,000 into the capital programme from the Capital Contingencies budget for Phase 1 of the works.

Wards affected: Little London and Woodhouse;

Lead officer: Mark Jefford


19/06/2024 - Approval for purchase of plant and equipment to support maintenance and service delivery operations within the Climate Energy and Green Spaces service. ref: 57499    For consultation

The Chief Officer Climate Energy and Green Spaces will approve the purchase via the capital programme of a range of plant and equipment that will support ongoing maintenance and service delivery across the Green Spaces operation. This will include maintenance of parks and open spaces, visitor attractions, and bereavement services.

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Decision published: 11/06/2024

Effective from: 27/06/2024

Decision:

The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment gave approval for the establishment of a 3-year capital programme and injection and authority to spend approval for the first year in the sum of £1055k to replace a range of machinery, plant and equipment within the Climate Energy and Green Spaces service. This will replace existing items that have reached the end of economical and safe operating life.

 

 

Lead officer: Simon Frosdick


10/06/2024 - Re-roofing Works at Aireborough Leisure Centre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 9BT ref: 57495    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Strategy and Resources

Decision published: 10/06/2024

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Decision:

The Chief Officer Civic Enterprise Leeds approved authority to procure and contract award to Aspect Building Solutions for £362,552.44 following confirmation of funding from the client.

Wards affected: Guiseley and Rawdon;

Lead officer: Craig Simpson


07/06/2024 - Meadow Lane, Holbeck – Deed of Assignment ref: 57494    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 07/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

The decision maker has approved the recommendations set out in the report attached.


Wards affected: Hunslet and Riverside;

Lead officer: Edward Rowland


06/06/2024 - Commercial Transfer Agreement – St Peter’s Church of England Primary School to The Leeds Diocesan Learning Trust ref: 57493    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 06/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

The Director of Children and Families agreed to:
a) Notes the negotiations held with Solicitors acting on behalf of the governing body of St Peter’s C of E Primary School and The Leeds Diocesan Learning Trust;

b) Gives authority for the CTA between Leeds City Council (LCC), the governing body of St Peter’s C of E Primary School, and The Leeds Diocesan Learning Trust to be executed and completed to enable St Peter’s C of E Primary School to open as an academy on 1st July 2024 or such later date advised by the DfE; and

c) Gives authority for any other necessary action to be taken to effect the transfer.

Wards affected: Burmantofts and Richmond Hill;

Lead officer: Janet Carter


03/06/2024 - Changes to the Council’s Constitution to update Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) and the Scrutiny Board Procedure Rules. ref: 57492    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: City Solicitor

Decision published: 03/06/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

Pursuant to Article 15.2.3 , and as a result of legislative changes, amend the Council’s Constitution in relation to Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) and the Scrutiny Board Procedure Rules to reflect the following:
?Amendments made to the local authority scrutiny function following the introduction of the Health and Care Act 2022 and the subsequent publication of The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) (Amendment and Saving Provision) Regulations 2024 and new guidance: “Local Authority Health Scrutiny: Guidance to support local authorities and their partners to deliver effective health scrutiny” (DHSC, 2024).
•Amend the Council’s Constitution in relation to Annex 2 of Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) to give effect to the revised alignment of Officer Delegated Functions agreed by Full Council on 23rd May 2024.
•Amend the Council’s Constitution in relation to Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) and the Scrutiny Board Procedure Rules to include further points of clarification and grammatical and formatting updates.
Powers for the Secretary of State to intervene in reconfiguration of NHS services were introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022. However, the new provisions only came into force on 31 January 2024 with the publication of ‘The National Health Service (Notifiable Reconfigurations and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2024. Linked to this, local authorities’ powers of referral to the Secretary of State has now been removed, which is reflected in The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) (Amendment and Saving Provision) Regulations 2024 and new guidance: “Local Authority Health Scrutiny: Guidance to support local authorities and their partners to deliver effective health scrutiny” (DHSC, 2024). Annex 3 of Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) and the Scrutiny Board Procedure Rules have therefore been updated to reflect the new changes.
Annex 2 of Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) has been updated to give effect to the revised alignment of Officer Delegated Functions agreed by Full Council on 23rd May 2024.
Other amendments to Article 6 (Scrutiny Boards) and the Scrutiny Board Procedure Rules include further points of clarification and grammatical and formatting updates.

Lead officer: Andy Hodson


29/05/2024 - CITY OF LEEDS TREE PRESERVATION ORDER (NO.52) 2023 (CHURCH STREET, BOSTON SPA, WETHERBY LS23 6DW) ref: 57491    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Planning Officer

Decision published: 29/05/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Planning Officer agreed that the Order be confirmed as originally served.

Wards affected: Wetherby;

Lead officer: Sarah Wilson


29/05/2024 - Tender evaluation report for approval to award the Lotherton Hall adventure playground design and build contract (ref 79856) ref: 57490    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Decision published: 29/05/2024

Effective from: 29/05/2024

Decision:

The Director of Communities Housing and Environment approved the award of a Joint Contracts Tribunal (“JCT”) Pre-Construction Services Agreement (“PCSA”) (stage 1 contract) for the design activity of a new adventure playground at Lotherton Hall to Greenspan Projects Ltd. The contract is for a period of 6 months from 17th June 2024 until 16th December 2024 at a value of £7,475K.

This will allow the Council to work with the Contractor to develop the design and tender sum for the full works leading to the proposed award of a contract referred to at c below.

Appendix 1 should be designated exempt from publications in accordance with Access to Information Procedure Rule 10.4(3).

A subsequent report seeking approval to award the stage 2 construction contract for the playground is expected requiring a decision in late autumn/winter 2024.

Lead officer: Emma Trickett


05/06/2024 - Use of Affordable Housing Commuted Sums to support delivery of 50 affordable homes at the site of the former Tower Works in the Armley Ward ref: 57488    

To approve the use of Affordable Housing Commuted Sums Grant Funding to support the delivery of 50 affordable homes at the site of the former Tower Works in the Armley ward.

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 28/05/2024

Effective from: 13/06/2024

Decision:

The Chief Officer Asset Management & Regeneration has approved and granted authority to:

a)  The spend of affordable housing commuted sums grant funding up to £750,000 to support the delivery of a 100% affordable scheme by Yorkshire Housing’s of 50 new affordable homes for social and affordable rent at the former Tower Works site in Armley and;

 

b)  For the Council to enter into a grant agreement and nominations agreement with Yorkshire Housing on the terms set out in this report.

Wards affected: Armley;

Lead officer: Clare Wiggins


04/06/2024 - Leeds parks tennis court improvements ref: 57481    

The decision is to invest in tennis courts at 8 public parks across Leeds, with the majority of funding being provided by national sporting body, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The courts proposed for the scheme are in the following parks: Beckett, Burley, Chapel Allerton, Grove Road, Harehills, Roundhay, Springhead and The Hollies.

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Decision published: 24/05/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024

Decision:

  • The Chief Officer, Financial Services has approved the injection into the Green Space’s capital programme of £513,326.65 for the refurbishment of 42 tennis courts in 8 Leeds parks.
  • The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment authorises the spend of £513,326.65 for the provision of the above.
  • The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment gives authority to undertake the proposed procurement strategy for the refurbishment works in accordance with the Council’s Contracts Procedure Rule (CPR) 9.1.
  • The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment grants authority to directly award a contract for £627,536.04 to Fosse Contracts Limited by calling-off from the LTA, Parks Improvement Programme Contractors Framework, to refurbish 42 tennis courts at 8 of the Council’s parks and for £26,550.00 to directly award a contract to CIA Fire & Security Limited by calling-off from the LTA “Gate Locks Framework” to install a new gated system at the same tennis courts. The contracts will commence on 12 June 2024 and will terminate on 2 September 2024.
  • The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment approves entering into the individual Grant Funding Agreement with LTA Tennis Foundation for the sum of £513,326.65 towards the renovation of the park tennis courts. The Grant Funding Agreement shall commence on 12 June 2024 and shall terminate on 2 September 2024.

·  The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment grants the use of the General Exception rule (section 2.5 of the Executive and Decision-Making Procedure Rules) in order to meet the time scales of the external funder (the Lawn Tennis Association), so that the project can go ahead.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Emma Trickett


31/05/2024 - Installation of new Heating Interface Units to three High Rise Blocks in Ebor Gardens ref: 57470    

To replace the Heat Interface Units in each flat of the identified blocks, update radiator valves and insulation which will all run off the commercial boiler in each block.

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Decision published: 22/05/2024

Effective from: 08/06/2024

Decision:

The Director of Communities, Housing & Environment gave approval to :

a)  In accordance with CPR 3.1.7, undertaking a procurement exercise to appoint a contractor via a mini-competition procedure using Lot 6 of the Heating, Renewables, and Electrical from the Fusion 21 Framework. The scheme of works is proposed to start in November 2024 with view to be completed by 30th June 2025. The estimated construction value of the works is £1.68 million.

b)  Grant authority to spend £1.68 million to deliver these works.

c)  Approve the injection of £826,400 of grant funding from the HNES to the Housing Revenue Account in order to aid the procurement of a contractor to undertake the works outlined in this report.

d)  Note that approval to evaluate tenders using the quality-price separated approach in accordance with CPR 15.2(a) will be sought as required under CPR 15.1.

 

Wards affected: Burmantofts and Richmond Hill;

Lead officer: Michael Field


06/06/2024 - ABCD Community Pathfinder Grant Award and UK Shared Prosperity Fund Report: To seek approval from the Director of Adults and Health to award ABCD Community Pathfinder Grants and UKSPF grants for a combined value of £385,000 ref: 57101    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Health

Decision published: 25/01/2024

Effective from: 06/06/2024

Decision:

The Director of Adults and Health has approved grant funding of three new ABCD community pathfinder sites and approved the continuation funding for the second- and third-year delivery of three asset-based approach focused UKSPF funded projects. · The three ABCD Pathfinder sites will be awarded to organisations that apply though an open grants application process. · The three ABCD Pathfinder Grants are 24-month awards of £50,000. The grants shall commence from the 1st of April 2024, with the last grant expiring on the 31st of March 2025. · The total grant fund is £150,000. Service Transformation, Adults and Health will be responsible for implementing the ABCD pathfinder scheme. The Director of Adults and Health has approved the continuation of the three-asset based UKSPF grants to continue project delivery for 24 months, overall total £235,00. The three grants are: · One grant award of £60,000 to Hey Neighbour project, delivered by Leeds Older People Forum. · One grant award of £125,000 to The Neighbourhood Matching Scheme, delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds. · One grant award of £50,000 to Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO)

Wards affected: Alwoodley; Bramley and Stanningley; Gipton and Harehills; Kirkstall; Little London and Woodhouse;

Lead officer: Amy Page