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Venue: Committee Room 1

Contact: Democratic Services 


No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any Apologies for Absence from Members of the Committee.


Apologies for absence were received from:


The Chair, Councillor Michael Brooker, Councillors Phil Godfrey, Charlie Maynard and Adrian Walsh.


Councillor Alaric Smith substituted for Councillor Maynard,

Councillor Michele Mead substituted for Councillor Adrian Walsh.


The Vice-Chair, Councillor Andy Goodwin welcomed Councillor Alaric Smith and Councillor Michele Mead to 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.


Declarations of Interest were received as follows:

Councillor Lysette Nicolls declared an interest in application 23/00179/FUL Land South East of B4022, Oxford Road, Councillor Nicolls had registered to speak and would be withdrawing from the debate.

Councillor Andrew Prosser declared an interest in application 23/02420/FUL - Carterton Leisure Centre, Carterton. Councillor Prosser was the  Executive lead that covered the application and therefore would not take part in the debate or decision process.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting, held on Monday 9 October 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2023 were approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.



Applications for Development pdf icon PDF 514 KB


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.


Application Number



Pg. 11–59


Land South East of B4022 Oxford Road.

David Ditchett

Pg. 60–69


19 Arlington Close, Carterton.

Esther Hill

Pg. 70–80


Carterton Leisure Centre, Broadshires Way.

Peter Morgan


Additional documents:


23/00179/FUL Land South East of B4022, Oxford Road.


David Ditchett, Principal Planner, introduced application for the construction and operation of an anaerobic digestion facility, ancillary infrastructure and the construction of a new access road and access from South Leigh Road. The Principal Planner directed members towards the late additional representations pack, pages 3, 4, and 5. Further comments had been received from County Council Highways Team, Oxfordshire County Council Lead Flood Authority and an additional third party comment received, re safety concerns, all of which were detailed within the late representations report.

Additional amendments to the Committee pack page 46 paragraph 34, EH6 policy was missing from the text.

Page 56 and 57 employment created is a benefit, equal to 100 full time employee and 5 full time staff 5 during operations.

The Principal Planner began the presentation explaining the full site location of the application.

Councillor Dan Levy, West Oxfordshire District Council WODC, addressed the Committee in objection to the application, and recommended refusal.

Councillor Lysette Nicholls,  South Leigh Parish Council addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Dick Pear, South Leigh Parish Council addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

Martin Spurrier addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

David Hindley addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

Daniel Lambert, the Agent spoke in support of the application, and answered points of clarification questions from the Councillors.

The Principal Planner continued with the presentation, concluding that although there were a lot of benefits to the application, on balance Officers were recommending refusal of the application, as set out in the Officers original report.

The Vice-Chair invited the Committee to discuss the application.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Banbury, the point of injection into the grid;
  • Feedstock;
  • Energy crops;
  • Carbon balance;
  • A40 location;
  • Development height;
  • Conflict neighbourhood plan and local plan;
  • B2 U class, industrial plant v agricultural site;
  • Close to village site;
  • Net zero support.


Councillor Michele Mead proposed the application be refused in line with the Officer’s recommendations, this was seconded by Councillor Nick Leverton, put to the vote and was carried unanimously.

The Committee Resolved to:

  1. Refuse the application as per Officers original recommendation.



23/02217/FUL - 19 Arlington Close, Carterton


Councillor Nick Leverton clarified that this application was within his ward.


David Ditchett, Principal Planner, introduced application for a proposed garden treatment room. There were late representations on page 7 of the additional pack, from the applicant in response to the Parish Council objections.  OCC Highways had not objected to the application.

Kay Lane addressed the Committee is objection to the application.


The Principal Planner presented the application concluding that Officers were recommending approval.

Councillors enquired what would be the status of the building if the owners decided to not use it as a treatment room. The Principal Planner confirmed that the building would be classed as a garden room for use of beauty treatments. Owners would require new planning permission to change to a different use.

Councillors discussed the Town  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.


Applications Determined under Delegated Powers and Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 153 KB


To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers and any appeal decisions.



That the reports be noted by the Sub-Committee.

Additional documents:


The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received and noted.

David Ditchett, Principal Planner summarised the three appeal decisions reported.