Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: The Fountain Conference Centre, Howbery Park, Benson Lane, Wallingford, OX10 8BA

Contact: Ron Schrieber  email  ron.schrieber@southandvale.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

190.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

As Anthony Dearlove had not yet arrived, a motion moved and seconded, to nominate David Nimmo-Smith to chair the meeting in his absence was declared carried on being put to the vote.

191.

Chairman's announcements

To receive any announcements from the chairman and general housekeeping matters.

Minutes:

The chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, outlined the procedure to be followed and advised on emergency evacuation arrangements.

 

192.

Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

193.

Urgent business

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent and to receive any notification of any applications deferred or withdrawn.

Minutes:

Consideration of Application P18/S0002/O - Shirburn Road, Watlington, had been deferred pending a site visit and Application P18/S3705/FUL – Land North of Beckley Court, Beckley, had been withdrawn.

194.

Proposals for site visits

Minutes:

There were no proposals for site visits.

195.

Public participation

To receive any statements from members of the public that have registered to speak on planning applications which are being presented to this committee meeting. 

Minutes:

The list showing members of the public who had registered to speak was tabled at the meeting.

196.

P18/S3069/FUL - Cabora Bassa, Church Road, Sandford-On-Thames OX4 4XZ pdf icon PDF 267 KB

The demolition of an existing one and a half storey detached property and the erection of eight one bedroom flats.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

David Nimmo-Smith was in the chair for this item.

 

The committee considered application P18/S3069/FUL for the demolition of an existing one and a half storey detached property and the erection of eight one bedroom flats at Cabora Bassa, Church Road, Sandford-on-Thames.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

The planning officer reported that, following the publication of the report, the applicants had agreed to the inclusion of two additional conditions regarding providing details of electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking. 

 

Hilda Bailey, a representative of Sandford-on-Thames Parish Council, spoke objecting to the application. 

 

Martin Hubbard, on behalf of a local resident, and Thomas Fox, a local resident, spoke objecting to the application. 

 

Tom Kennedy, the applicant and Nicky Brock, the applicant’s agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

In response to members’ questions, the planning officer reported that:

·         The applicant could be requested to install solar panels but could not be required to do so.

·         The Highway Authority had no objection to the application, subject to the proposed condition requiring vision splays shown on the plan to be provided prior to the development being occupied and thereafter retained.

 

A motion, moved and seconded, to approve the application, subject to the inclusion of the two additional conditions agreed with the applicant, was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: to grant planning permission for application P18/S3069/FUL subject to:

 

1.     Commencement within three years - full planning permission.

2.     Approved plans.

3.     Schedule of materials.

4.     Contaminated land (preliminary risk assessment).

5.     Contaminated land - remediation strategy.

6.     Rooflights (specified cill level).

7.     Prevention of overlooking – privacy screen.

8.     Landscaping scheme (trees and shrubs only).

9.     Vehicular access to Oxfordshire County Council specification.

10.  Vision splay protection.

11.  Parking and manoeuvring areas retained.

12.  Levels to be agreed.

13.  Electrical charging points.

14.  Cycle parking facilities.

197.

P18/S3143/O - DAF Trucks Ltd, Eastern Bypass, Thame OX9 3FB pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Outline planning permission (all matters reserved except for access) sought for demolition of existing buildings and development of 1511 sqm (gross) of offices and up to 129 dwellings and associated works.

 

Full planning permission sought for erection of a 68 bed care home and associated access, vehicular parking, landscaping, ancillary infrastructure and other works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Anthony Dearlove was in the chair for the rest of the meeting.

 

Jeannette Matelot, one of the local ward councillors, stepped down from the committee and took no part in the debate or voting for this item.

 

The committee considered application P18/S3143/O for:

a)     outline planning permission (all matters reserved except for access) for demolition of existing buildings and development of 1511sqm. (gross) of offices and up to 129 dwellings and associated works; and

b)     full planning permission for the erection of a 68 bed care home and associated access, vehicular parking, landscaping, ancillary infrastructure and other works;

at DAF Trucks Ltd, Eastern Bypass, Thame.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

Mike Dyer and Graeme Markland, representatives of Thame Town Council, spoke objecting to the application. 

 

James Good, the applicant’s agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Jeannette Matelot and David Dodds, two of the local ward councillors, spoke objecting to the application

 

In response to issues raised by the speakers and members’ questions, the planning officer reported that:

·         The proposed development was contrary to the Thame Neighbourhood Plan which forms part of the Development Plan.  However, in this case, there were material considerations that indicated that the application should not be refused.

·         The site had been subject to a continuous marketing campaign over an 18 month period which has concluded that there is no demand for its allocated use.  The council’s Economic Development Team had reviewed the marketing of the site and, whilst concerned about the loss of valuable employment land, accepts that the new development would create jobs, albeit in a different sector.  The main concern is that the whole site has not been marketed.

·         Although the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group had objected to the application on the grounds that the development would put extra pressure on already stretched services, it had subsequently requested and accepted a payment of £25,000 from the applicant towards the cost of local health care infrastructure.

 

Members expressed concern about the fact that the proposal was contrary to the Thame Neighbourhood Plan and were not satisfied that an appropriate marketing exercise had been carried out, covering the whole of the site, before alternative uses were considered. Accordingly, contrary to the officer recommendation, a motion, moved and seconded, to refuse the application was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: to refuse planning permission for application P18/S3143/O for the following reasons:

 

1.     The proposed development would result in the loss of an existing employment site and it has not been demonstrated that the site is no longer economically viable as the marketing exercise undertaken is considered to be inadequate and fails to cover the whole of the site. As such the proposed development conflicts with Policy E6 of the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and Policy WS12 of the Thame Neighbourhood Plan.

 

2.     In the absence of a completed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 197.

198.

P18/S0002/O - Shirburn Road, Watlington OX49 5BZ pdf icon PDF 887 KB

Outline application for up to 37 assisted living units, provision of a care home and four staff accommodation units.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration of this application had been deferred, pending a site visit.

199.

P18/S2664/FUL - St Lawrence House, St Lawrence Close, Warborough, Wallingford OX10 7EY pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Demolish 15 flats/bedsits and erect 12 flats with associated parking and landscaping.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Sue Cooper, one of the local ward councillors, stepped down from the committee and took no part in the debate or voting for this item.

 

The committee considered application P18/S2664/FUL for the demolition of 15 flats/bedsits and and the erection of twelve flats with associated parking and landscaping at St Lawrence House, St Lawrence Close, Warborough, Wallingford.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

Pat Elder, a representative of Warborough Parish Council, spoke objecting to the application. 

 

Ken Dijksman, the applicant’s agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Sue Cooper, one of the local ward councillors, spoke objecting to the application

 

A motion, moved and seconded, to approve the application was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: to grant planning permission for application P18/S2664/FUL subject to the following conditions:

 

1.     Planning permission – three years to implement.

2.     Development in accordance with approved plans.

3.     Materials schedule.

4.     Obscure glazing.

5.     Cycle parking facilities.

6.     Existing vehicular access.

7.     Car parking provision.

8.     Construction method statement.

9.     Drainage.

10.  Travel Information pack.

11.  Tree protection.

12.  Hard and soft landscaping.

13.  Details of boundary treatments.

 

Informative – No development to overhang or obstruct highway

200.

P18/S3705/FUL - Land North of Beckley Court, Beckley, Oxfordshire pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Proposed new three bed dwelling.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application had been withdrawn.