Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 14 December 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE

Contact: Darius Zarazel, Democratic Services Officer  07917 088376

Items
No. Item

102.

Chair's announcements

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

Minutes:

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

 

103.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ken Arlett, who was substituted with Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, and Councillor Sam Casey-Rerhaye.

104.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 302 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Planning Committee minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2022. 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2022 as a correct record and agree that the Chair sign these as such.

 

105.

Declarations of interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests, other registrable interests and non-registrable interests or any conflicts of interest in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

106.

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circumstances which have made the matters urgent and to receive any notification of any applications deferred or withdrawn.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:

There was no urgent business.

107.

Proposals for site visits

Minutes:

Members proposed a site visit for application P19/S4319/FUL at Gillotts School as they believed going to the site would provide a clearer understanding of the visual impacts of the application on the surrounding area.

 

A motion, moved and seconded, to defer consideration of application P19/S4319/FUL until a site visit was held was carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: to defer consideration of planning application P19/S4319/FUL until a site visit had occurred.

108.

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.

109.

P19/S4319/FUL - Gillotts School Gillotts Lane Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PS pdf icon PDF 433 KB

Boundary fence to enclose school together with vehicular and pedestrian accesses (as amended and amplified by information received 27 June 2022).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee deferred consideration of planning application P19/S4319/FUL as a site visit was requested.

110.

P22/S2870/FUL - 2A Wilson Avenue, Henley on Thames, RG9 1ET pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Construction of a one-bedroom self-build dwelling.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered planning application P22/S2870/FUL for the construction of a one-bedroom self-build dwelling, on land at 2A Wilson Avenue, Henley-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 the meeting. 

 

The planning officer introduced the report and highlighted that the application was called into the committee by a local ward member, Councillor Ken Arlett. The planning officer informed the committee that the principle of development was acceptable when assessed against local plan and neighbourhood plan due to its location within the built-up area of Henley.

 

Although the planning officer believed the building was of an innovative design, the officer felt that it would be at odds with the established pattern of surrounding developments, likely to harm the adjacent tree, not provide space for new planting, and that the increased built form near the boundary would result in neighbouring amenity harm.

 

In addition, Oxfordshire County Council highways objected to the application due to the lack of achievable visibility splays and that the development’s location would not be appropriate for a car free development. For these reasons, the planning officer recommended planning permission be refused.

 

 

Councillor Ken Arlett spoke on behalf of Henley-on-Thames Parish Council, supporting the application. 

 

Dr Michael Tristem and Mandy Huggins spoke objecting to the application. 

 

Vivienne Wheeler, the applicant, and Ian Giuliani, the agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Councillor Ken Arlett and Stefan Gawrysiak, a local ward councillor, spoke in support of the application. 

 

 

The committee then asked the planning officer about the lamppost near the wall and whether this would prohibit the onsite parking space and the officer confirmed that the lamppost would need to be re-sited in order to allow for the onsite parking shown in the plans. However, it was also noted that this was not one of the reasons highways had registered an objection. In addition, when asked about the size of the onsite parking and if this would be sufficient to open the doors of a large vehicle, the planning officer informed the committee that the space did meet the size requirements and that this was also not a factor in highways’ objection.

 

Members then asked about the need for a parking space on site at all as the proposal was for a one-bedroom property with good public transport links on the nearby Reading Road. In response, the planning officer presented the highways reasons for their requirement as they believed that the development was not in a central enough development to be a car free development, and due to the existing parking issues on Wilson Avenue (such as parking on the pavement and on the double yellow lines leading to Reading Road). However, members believed that the proposals location and public transport links would mean that it could have been considered car free and that on street parking would not be an issue. It was also noted that traffic offenses such as double yellow  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.

111.

P22/S3942/HH - 49 Bishops Orchard East Hagbourne, OX11 9JS pdf icon PDF 357 KB

Conversion of existing garage to home office and store.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered planning application P22/S3942/HH for the conversion of an existing garage to home office and store, on land at 49 Bishops Orchard, East Hagbourne.  

 

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 the meeting. 

 

The planning officer introduced the report and highlighted that the application was brought to the committee as the applicants worked for the planning service. The planning officer informed the committee that the application was for converting the integral garage into an office and that parking for two cars would be available on the frontage of the site. As there were no neighbour or technical objections, the planning officer recommend the application be approved.

 

 

The committee was satisfied with the officer’s report and saw no material planning reasons for refusal.

 

 

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

 

RESOLVED: to approve planning application P22/S3942/HH, subject to the following conditions:

 

1. Commencement 3 years - Full Planning Permission

2. Approved plans

3. Materials as on plan

 

Informative - East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan policies