Agenda and draft minutes
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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2021 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the following amendments:
The fifth paragraph on the first page of the minutes should read “…noted that the site was located in the middle of Bladon”;
The spelling of Councillor Postan’s name be amended on pages 4 and 6.
Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments
Councillor Poskitt substituted for Councillor Chapple.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting
Agenda Item 4 – Applications for Development – 21/03159/FUL – Diddly Squat Farm Shop
Councillor Postan declared an interest in the application because he was an acquaintance of the applicant, although he had not spoken to him for approximately twenty years.
Agenda Item 5 – Applications Determined under Delegated Powers – 21/03001/FUL
Councillor Cooper declared an interest in the above decision because he was a member of Woodstock Sports and Social Club.
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 Principal Planner, Mrs Desmond, introduced the application for the conversion of an existing building to create a café / restaurant, together with associated landscaping works and the provision of parking; creation of a new access; realignment of the existing access and a new storage compound.
Members also noted the information contained in the follow on report, which advised that 14 additional objection letters had been received, raising similar issues as previous objectors. In addition two further letters of support had been received.
Mrs Desmond advised that since the Additional Representations report had been distributed three further letters of objection and one letter of support had been received. Members also noted that the measurements detailed in paragraph 5.28 needed clarification and paragraph 5.31 contained the up to date information as per the application. Mrs Desmond summarised the application, highlighting the proposed new access, permission for a 60 to 70 space car park, landscaping proposals and woodland planting.
The following people addressed the Committee:
Mr Streeten, on behalf of Mr and Mrs Dewar, objecting; and
Mr Clarkson, the applicant.
A copy of the submission read out by Mr Streeten is attached as an appendix to the original copy of these minutes.
In supporting the application, Mr Clarkson noted that much had been made of the area as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) but felt that historically, farmers had played a large part in maintaining this. He highlighted the financial difficulties facing farmers who were having to look to diversification to survive; advised that the farm was in discussions with neighbouring farmers, looking at serving locally produced food in the restaurant and were working together as a cooperative. He stated that the lambing shed was already in existence and nothing new was being built. He referred to Local Plan Policy OS2 which supported the re-use of appropriate buildings and reiterated that the proposal would encourage and enhance local employment opportunities and tourism. Mr Clarkson highlighted the lack of objections from the Parish Council, Thames Valley Police, Ecology, Archaeology, the County Council and the Cotswold Conservation Board. In conclusion, he signposted members to the positive comments made by the Council’s Business Development officer and requested that Members support the proposal.
Following a question from Councillor Davies, Mr Clarkson explained why the lambing shed was no longer in use and advised that the farm’s sheep flock had been merged with a neighbouring farm.
Councillor Poskitt asked for clarification on the statement made relating to the lack of an objection from Thames Valley Police (TVP) as she had been under the impression they were not satisfied with the level of lighting on site. Mr Clarkson explained that discussions had been ongoing with TVP and they appeared to be content with revised lighting proposals.
Councillor Saul sought further detail on the produce to be used and felt that the business plan lacked information in this area. Mr Clarkson assured the meeting that they were in discussions with many neighbouring and local farmers and provided ... view the full minutes text for item 49.
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers and any appeal decisions.
That the reports be noted.
The report outlining the Delegated Decisions taken since the last meeting were considered and it was
Resolved that the report be noted.