Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber
Contact: Democratic Services
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2022 were approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Councillor Dan Levy substituted for Councillor Alaric Smith who sent his apologies.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting.
Declarations of Interest were received as follows:
· Councillor Nick Leverton knew the applicant for 21/01924/S73 - Right Side Unit B The Old Foundry and stated he would leave the room whilst the application was heard.
· Councillor Nick Leverton knew the applicant for 21/03834/FUL - 10 Burford Road Carterton and stated he would leave the room whilst the application was heard.
To consider applications for development, details of which are set out in the attached schedule.
That the applications be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the Business Manager – Development Management.
The Chair, Councillor Langridge changed the order in which the applications would be heard, to:
1 - 22/00723/FUL Land West Of Ferndale New Yatt Road
2 - 21/01924/S73 Right Side Unit B The Old Foundry
3 - 21/03834/FUL 10 Burford Road Carterton
4 - 22/00947/FUL Brooklyn Nurseries 65 Shilton Road
22/00723/FUL Land West Of Ferndale New Yatt Road
The Planning Officer Esther Hill introduced the application for the erection of 2 detached and 3 terraced houses together with associated garaging, car parking and landscaping works. Alterations to existing accesses.
Councillor St John addressed the committee, stating the main issue was surface water drainage, which is via a water pipe beside Green Lane. Since the Bellway development, water rushes down Green Lane. This has become a main concern, as Green Lane is a popular route used by villagers. Section 278 would assist the issue with sewage and blockages and request the County Council to address this. There were no clarifications.
The Chair asked planning officers if the surface water could be addressed.
The Planning Officer confirmed that in 2018 the application was approved, drainage was assessed and consulted upon. As for the blocked drain in Green Lane the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) officer did say that he would pass on the concerns raised to the relevant teams to be investigated.
The Chair requested that this information be noted so it would not be lost.
Councillor Leverton noted Thames Water had no comments to make, he was concerned that they had no comment to make as councillors were genuinely concerned about drainage issues, could we not make a condition to address the drainage issue.
The Planning Officer suggested Informatives would be the best way to address the issue, there were no changes to the application that had been approved before, but lapsed in time. Bellway application was dealt with separately and again all third parties were consulted on and were discharged on completion.
The Chair agreed with Councillor Leverton and noted that third parties don’t always give the Council full details of assessments. This application was a previously approved application with no changes.
Councillor Fenton asked when the application was first approved was it delegated approval?
The Planning Officer confirmed that the original approval was a delegated decision. The Parish Council had raised issues and these were addressed and therefore it went to delegated decision.
Councillor Fenton raised that in point 5.25 of the report, section 278 could be negotiated by OCC with the applicant. Could we strengthen that condition with a should be rather than a could be?
The Planning Officer stated that section 278 is not part of the planning application, it’s a separate agreement between OCC and the applicant.
The Senior Planning Officer David Ditchett added that section 278 is a legal agreement with the highways authority OCC and the applicant. We have to rely on Thames Water as the experts, to give us information, and they have not given any comment, we have gone back to them and ... view the full minutes text for item 70.
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers and any appeal decisions.
That the reports be noted.
The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received, questions were asked about the following items:
Item 18 - Councillor Prosser asked when this application came forward the Parish Council requested more information on car parking. The Senior Planning Officer confirmed the extra information request was relayed to the agent, information was provided, reported back to the Parish Council, they then were satisfied and had no further objections and therefore application was approved.
Item 28 – Councillor Levy asked if change of use is a planning application, the planning officer confirmed that yes change of use typically requires planning consent.
Item 36 – Councillor Fenton queried the code, The Senior Planner was able to confirm that it means an environmental impact assessment. It’s a significant piece of work for larger developments.
The Chair asked where planning were on latest appeals, the Senior Planning Officer was able to confirm that there were a couple of public enquiries going on at the moment which the appeals team were very busy on. Appeals team have not yet pulled a report together but members can go on-line appeal planning inspectorate website, you can filter appeal decisions by WODC and a list will appear. However by the next committee a report will be published.