Leeds today: minster, irony, photography, beer, arts, planning and poisoning.

Morning, Leeds (& everybody else)! September is here, the start of a new school year, with what looks like a late burst of summer on the cards. Time to settle down, get out the new pencils and notebooks (the best thing about this time of year is the new stationery), and find out what’s what in this corner of the world.

LCC is looking at the way planning meetings involve the community, says the YEP. Amongst other proposals for dealing with the estimated population growth of over 100,000 people over the next 15 years in Leeds is looking at ways of speeding up the planning process. Although, when things like the new Faversham extension (approved, despite looking like a “utilitarian public lavatory“) get passed one wonders how things will look in the future.

Leeds Parish Church has become a Minster, reports the BBC. The Parish church of St Peter’s is now known as Leeds Minster after a dedication ceremony on Sunday.

In what must be an outstanding definition of irony, an unlicensed, uninsured driver crashed into an accident repairs firm in Harehills back in July. The incident happened at the end of a high-speed police chase through the area but thankfully it seems nobody was badly injured.

It looks like the City One development on Sweet Street has taken a further step towards something actually happening in the so-called “doughnut of despair”. A mixed-use development has been given outline planning permission for the (current) car park and flattened bowling alley.

The Virtual Newsroom notes that Red Chilli on Gt George St was closed last year for breaching environmental heath regulations that caused illness in staff and customers, was fined on Friday for the breaches and still only has a one star rating in the food hygiene rating system.

Also from LCC is a warning that traffic will be disrupted at the junction of Harehills lane and the A64 (which means the A64 will be worse than usual) from the 10th September for up to four months as a bridge is repainted. Might be worth finding alternate routes/methods of travel from next week.

The fallout from Johnson Press’s rejigging of the YEP & YP continues as Peter Lazenby announces his departure from Wellington St. Mr Lazenby, internet famous for his anti-blogging stance and real-life famous for his environmental and antiracism campaigns, is moving to the Northern Star and freelancing for other titles, following an illustrious career at the Post spanning 40 years.

Photography group Exposure Leeds is moving to a new home this week; starting on Wednesday the group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the (brilliant) White Cloth Gallery. The first talk is Oliver Wright’s nature photography; Exposure Leeds is not your normal photo group, don’t expect a dull slide show and endless f-numbers and shutter speeds.

Also coming up this week is the first Leeds International Beer Festival, which we’re seriously excited about here at BGL Towers. Tasty beer! Great food! City centre!

Finally today, did you go to the Chapel Allerton festival at the weekend? Would you like to write about your experiences for us? Please get in touch; we’d love to hear from you.

Elly will be with you tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

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