I have been sent the following information about a Plans Panel meeting that is taking place to discuss NGT, the details of which are as follows:
The Council is writing to you following the previous comments you have made in relation to the proposed New Generation Transport (NGT) project and various related consultation events. I am writing to let you know that on the 25th June 2013, as part of the consultation process on NGT, the Council, through its City Plans Panel, will be considering the planning issues related to the project at this stage in order to inform a Full City Council meeting on the 1st July 2013, which will decide whether the City Council (together with Metro) should make an application to the Secretary of State for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWA Order), giving them the powers to construct and operate NGT. If the Full City Council decides to proceed, the application is likely to be made in September this year.
If a TWA Order is applied for, it will be considered by the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide whether permission should be granted. After the application, there will be a period for the public to make representations, and the Secretary of State is likely to hold a public inquiry into the TWA Order. This is anticipated in Spring 2014.
As the TWA Order application is made to the Secretary of State, it will not be the role of Plans Panel to decide whether permission should be granted for NGT. However, if the TWA Order is made, any permission granted will be similar to an outline planning permission, and will be subject to planning conditions, where the City Council will be responsible for their discharge. The proposed draft conditions at this stage will be among the matters being considered by Council Members of City Plans Panel on the 25th June, alongside a draft design guide.
The scheme to be discussed at the City Plans Panel meeting will provide an opportunity for Panel Members to help understand the NGT proposals and impacts and provide an opportunity for them to respond to any further issues / concerns which may arise from the public or interest groups as part of the process. The views of the public will help form the City Plans Panels response to the NGT proposals.
To aid members of the public further, draft engineering drawings will also be available for inspection covering key characteristic areas of the route. These drawings will be available from the 12th June 2013 by accessing the following web link www.ngtmetro.com However, the full suite of application documents will not be available until the TWA Order is made.
The Panel will meet at the Civic Hall, Leeds and this meeting will be held in the Council Chamber and will start at 9.30AM.
Due to the complexity of the scheme and its geographical coverage, it is considered that the best way to deal with this is to discuss updates section by section in the following order:-
1. Bodington and Otley Old Road – Otley Road/Otley Old Road junction to Holt Park
2. Lawnswood and West Park – Ancaster Road to Otley Road/Otley Old Road junction, including Lawnswood Roundabout
3. Otley Road – Shaw Lane to Ancaster Road
4. Headingley – Hyde Park Corner junction to Shaw Lane including Headingley Hill and section behind the Arndale Centre
5. Woodhouse Moor – Clarendon Road to Hyde Park Corner junction
6. Universities area – Beyond top of Cookridge St to Clarendon Road
7. City Centre – Clarence Dock inclusive to top of Cookridge Street
8. Southern Section – Stourton to Clarence Dock
A week before the meeting an itinerary for the day will be issued to provide indicative times for each section of the route and a programme for the day. Again, this can be viewed by accessing the following web link www.ngtmetro.com. The meeting will be held in public and there will be an opportunity for public speaking. The issues under consideration will solely relate to matters concerning planning issues, for example, the impact the route may have upon the character of a particular area, tree loss, the impact on buildings and walls and the siting of proposed sub-stations or the details of the proposed draft conditions (e.g. fixtures to listed buildings). Other matters, for example, the choice of route / technology, trolley bus & over headline electrification / value for money / funding, will not be discussed at this meeting but could be considered at the potential public inquiry into the TWA Order application. As noted above, members of the public will have opportunities to make representations about the scheme and participate in the Inquiry. The Panel is open to members of the public to attend. At Panel there will be an opportunity for objectors or supporters to speak providing this is on planning grounds only. The NGT project team, as applicants, will be responsible for presenting their proposals.
Speaking is for up to 6 minutes for each section of the route. If more than one person wishes to speak for either side, a spokesperson should be nominated where possible. Given there is a limited amount of speaking time available for each section of the route, once we have received an idea of the numbers of people wishing to speak we intend to put these individuals in contact with each other with a view to nominating a spokesperson.
If you wish to speak you should tell us as soon as possible and not later than 5pm on the Wednesday (19th June) before the Panel. You can write, email Stephen.McArthur@leeds.gov.uk or telephone us with your details together with the section of the route which is of interest and a summary of the issue you would wish to speak about. A member of staff will be inside the room for you to register with before the panel meeting begins.
If you are attending and have any specific access requirements, please contact us as soon as possible. If you do not wish to attend, any representations you have made will be carefully considered at the Panel and you do not need to reply to this letter or make any further representations.
Please note that the handing out of written representations or other material, such as photographs, will not normally be allowed at the Panel meeting. This is even in the circumstances where the hand out relates to an address that you wish to make to the Panel meeting. The reason for this is simply because the Members of the Panel will not have time to read and digest such material at the meeting itself.