Agenda and draft minutes
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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2021 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Rylett and Bolger.
Councillor Goodwin substituted for Councillor Levy.
Councillor McBride substituted for Councillor Leverton.
Councillor Mead substituted for Councillor Good.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest received.
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 Sub-Committee received the report of the Business Manager – Development Management, giving details of an application for development, copies of which had been circulated.
RESOLVED: That the decisions on the following applications be as indicated, the reasons for refusal to be as recommended in the report of the Business Manager – Development Management, subject to any amendments as detailed below:-
21/02364/FUL - Land (E) 432925 (N)209696 Downs Road, Curbridge, Witney
The Planning Officer, Abby Fettes, introduced the application for the erection of four employment units (Class E (g iii), B2 and B8) with drainage, car parking and landscaping.
A public submission was received from David Edward-Hughes in objection to the application. He advised the Committee that the proposed units nine and ten were too high and their distance from the residential properties needed to be increased. He added that the boundary between the industrial and residential land had not been adequately protected, that the landscaping was grass and provided no protection from the commercial buildings. He informed the committee that policies OS2, OS3, OS4 and EH4, 6 and 8 all provided valid reasons for refusal of the application.
A public submission was also received from James Hicks representing the applicant. He informed the Committee that the boundary strip had been increased in liaison with officers. He acknowledged that the proposed use differed from those initially permitted, in order to provide more varied employment. Mr Hicks suggested that the conditions placed on the first phase of the development were copied onto this phase and was happy to agree to extend the acoustic fencing as requested.
Councillor Doughty, as Ward Member, spoke in support of local residents. She had visited the site and Mr Edward Hughes’ house and concurred about the height of the buildings being too high. She stated her strong support for the resident’s at Windrush Place’s objections.
The Planning Officer then presented her report containing a recommendation of provisional approval. She advised that the buildings would not be overshadowing the residential area as they were to the north of that area. She advised that officers believed that the amendments agreed made the application acceptable. Following a discussion with the Environmental Health Department (EH), provided in the additional representations report, the officer noted that they had no objections but had proposed a new condition. The officer requested delegated powers to the officers, Chairman and Legal Services for the conditions on the application and for completing the negotiations of a unilateral undertaking with regards the funding for a footpath.
Councillor Goodwin asked for clarification on the distance of the units from Mr Edward Hughes’ house. The officer confirmed that this was 20 metres.
Councillor Fenton requested confirmation that the boundary strip was to be planted with trees and hedges. The officer confirmed this, stating that liaison was ongoing with the Tree Officer.
Councillor Enright asked for clarification on how this application differed from the outline planning application. The officer stated that the difference was only in the use ... view the full minutes text for item 45.
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers.
That the report be noted.
The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received and noted.