Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber
Contact: Democratic Services
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2023.
The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 30 January were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to change to
Pg 6 and 7 – 22/02853/FUL and 22/02854/LBC 46a Market Square, Witney –Councillors urged the applicant to seek pre-application advice.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Councillor Levy substituted for Councillor Alaric Smith.
Councillor Mead substituted for councillor Eaglestone.
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
Pg 30 - 22/01068/FUL T Robins Building, Avenue Three, Witney.
Councillor Brooker knew the applicant on a professional level and Councillor Aitman had heard the application when put before Witney Town Council.
Pg 54 - 22/01384/OU Land North East of Ducklington Farm Course, Hill Lane, Ducklington
Councillor Prosser knew the applicant on a professional level.
Applications determined under delegated Powers
Pg 130 – Item 36 – Councillor Fenton declared his stepson knew the applicant
Pg 131 – Item 43 – Councillor Fenton declared that when teaching the applicant was a former student.
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 advised that both Calais Farm Building applications would be presented and debated together and voted on as separate applications.
21/03758/FUL Calais Farm Building, Buckland Road, Bampton and 21/03761/FUL Calais Farm Building, Buckland Road, Bampton.
Kelly Murray, Principal Planner introduced the application for a change of use and sub-division of building C to Class E (g) (unit 2) and B8 storage (unit 1 and unit 3) use (retrospective) (amended application) and the application for a change of use of building B to Class E (g) (unit 1) and B8 storage (units 2 and 3) use. (Retrospective) (amended application).
Nathan Shayler spoke as the applicant in respect of both applications. A copy of the speech is attached to the original copy of the minutes.
Kelly Murray continued with the presentation which covered both applications. She showed various slides of the site, detailing the current uses for storage and light industrial use. The site has been cleared of external storage. There had been objections from residents regarding vehicles accessing the site close to homes however there had been no objections from Highways.
The Principal Planner confirmed that the officer recommendation is to grant permission subject to the conditions set out in the Committee Report.
The Councillors discussed the application which raised the following concerns and issues;
· Had there been an outcome to the enforcement complaint.
· Access to the property was by a narrow track, would there be conditions regarding access and timings.
· Types of vehicles accessing the site such as bigger sized vehicles and whether this could be conditioned.
· Noise from the site over weekends and evenings.
The Principal Planner confirmed that the enforcement complaint would continue if the applications were refused and that the purpose of the applications was to regularise the current unlawful uses of Buildings B and C. The removal of the storage containers and the cessation of the mechanic business formerly occupying Building A have reduced the larger vehicles needing access to the site. The lawful use of the site was agriculture/ equestrian which might reasonably entail large agricultural machinery such as tractors using the track to access the site. As the track was a private road and Highways were not objecting to the amended applications the use of the access was a civil issue for the owner. Amendments had been made to the original applications made in 2021 which addressed some of the objections raised and Officers considered the others could be dealt with by the recommended conditions. Although it was not possible to impose a condition limiting the type/size of vehicles accessing the site and informative might be added.
Councillor Andy Goodwin proposed approval as per the recommendations in the Officer’s report this was seconded by Councillor Elizabeth Poskitt, was voted on and carried. The vote was unanimous.
Committee Resolved to:
1. Approve the application as per Officers recommendations in the report.
21/03761/FUL Calais Farm Building, Buckland Road, Bampton.
Councillor Michael Brooker proposed approval as per the recommendations in the Officer’s report this was seconded ... view the full minutes text for item 116.
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 and noted.
It was noted that there were no Appeals Report.