Agenda and minutes
Venue: Committee Room 1
Contact: Democratic Services
Apologies for Absence
To receive any Apologies for Absence from Members of the Committee.
There were no Apologies for Absence received from Members of the Committee.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any Declarations of Interest from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting.
There were no Declarations of Interest received from Members of the Committee.
To approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting, held on Monday 19 June 2023.
The minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 June 2023 were approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to:
1. The following amendment added - Councillor St. John left the meeting for application 22/00981/HDD, The Old Byre, and re-joined the meeting after the application was heard.
To consider applications for development, details of which are set out in the attached schedule.
That the applications for development be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the Business Manager for Development and Sustainability, Planning & Strategic Housing.
22/03240/OUT-Land South of Burford Road, Minister Lovell.
David Ditchett, Principal Planning Officer, presented the application and gave a brief history of the details.
On Tuesday 30 May 2023 the application was deferred for a site visit.
On Monday 19 June 2023, the application was removed from the agenda by Officers as a late objection from Buckingham and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BOWT) to be responded to by the Biodiversity Officer was received.
The Principal Planning Officer drew the Committee’s attention to the updated version of the report in the agenda pack. The updated information included;
· Reduced size of site;
· Reduced number of houses;
· Access points to and from the site to services via the Bovis Estate;
· Proposed landscape plan, including the loss of a hedgerow.
The Chair advised the Committee and members of the public in attendance that the live webcast of the meeting to the Council’s website, had been stopped due to technical issues.
Councillor Liam Walker, Ward Member for Hailey, Minister Lovell and Leafield, spoke in objection to the application.
The Chair invited questions of clarification from the Committee, of which there were none.
Councillor Jonathan Stowell, Vice-Chair of Minister Lovell Parish Council spoke in objection to the application.
The Chair invited questions of clarification from the Committee. The Committee asked for clarification on the name of Phil Cox who had been quoted in Councillor Stowell’s address. The name was corrected to Phil Shaw.
Ed Barratt, Planning Director at Catesby Estates spoke in support of the application.
The Chair invited questions of clarification from the Committee. Councillors asked for the following points to be clarified:
Ed Barratt confirmed that Oxfordshire County Council had not requested a crossing to access bus stops or for safe access across the main road. Mr. Barratt also confirmed a gravel pathway had been added however there was another tarmac path for access which was not much farther to service points in the village. Mr. Barrett further confirmed that Oxfordshire County Council had asked for a financial contribution towards education which would enable the local school to fund more places and expand.
The Principal Planner continued with the presentation which clarified the following points:
The Chair invited the Committee to discuss the application, which raised the following clarification points:
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications for development determined under delegated powers and advise on any appealed decisions.
That Committee Resolves to:
a) Note the reports.
The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received and noted by the Committee.
Councillors asked for clarification on the following items;
David Ditchett outlined the Appeal Decisions report and provided an update on the current position with each application.
APP/D3125/W/22/3293131 and APP/D3125/W/22/3293131 26 Park Road, North Leigh
The application had been granted however the applicant had appealed the decision due to the wording of the conditions. On some of the conditions the wording was amended. Due to the amendments it was not a loss of an appeal in this case.
APP/D3125/W/22/3309162 118C Quarry Road, Witney.
The application was for construction of a detached single storey. This application was dismissed as the design was cramped and contrived.
The Principal Planner referred to the previous Lowlands Area Planning Sub-Committee held on Monday 19 June 2023 and Councillor Mead’s question regarding the cost of defending an appeal. After speaking to the Appeals Team the Principal Planner confirmed that broadly, anywhere between 50 – 100 houses would cost approximately £30,000 to £50,000 to defend a decision. The Principal Planner confirmed that an email would be sent to Councillor Mead as she was not present at the meeting.
Councillor Dingwall asked if the position on the 5 Year Land Supply changed at the time of an appeal would the position stand or change due to the time of the decision. The Principal Planner confirmed that a position on the 5 Year Land Supply would be agreed during the appeals process however this can be challenged by the applicant.