Agenda and minutes
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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2022 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the addition of Councillor Saul to the apologies.
Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments
Councillor Andy Graham substituted for Councillor Nathalie Chapple.
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.
21/02024/FUL - Netherby Farm Banbury Road, Swerford, Chipping Norton
James Nelson the Planning Officer introduced the part retrospective application for the retention of a mobile home for a full time agricultural worker, and change of use of the land to allow two bell tents and one mobile unit for glamping.
There were no speakers registered for this application, Mr Nelson continued with his presentation, concluding that planning officers were recommending approval as per the conditions listed in the original report.
Councillor Beaney stated he was concerned about the living quarters and thought it looked unfit for residential use. He also thought the conditions within the report were not strong enough and his thought process was more in line with the Parish Council’s conclusions. Councillor Wilson shared the same concerns.
Councillor Saul disagreed and thought that the Council should encourage diversity in new business initiatives, and therefore proposed that the application be approved. This was seconded by Councillor Postan.
Councillor Postan felt that the services for the tents should not be fixed in the future and asked if there could be a condition proposed to cover so that it did not lead to permanent drainage. The Planning Officers confirmed that an informative could be added.
Councillor Davies thought that the applicants should be given a chance and that the planners’ recommendations should be supported, especially as diversity was in the WODC plan.
Councillor Beaney advised that he had recently looked after animals which had smart technology to support them. He thought this could be used when not in the lambing season.
The Chairman asked if there were any more points to be raised, as there were none, The proposal from Councillor Saul that the application be approved, seconded by Councillor Postan was put to the vote and resulted in a tie. The Chair used his casting vote to vote against - the proposal was lost.
It was proposed that the application be refused as he felt it was contrary to Policies EH2, H2, OS2 and EH13. Councillor Cooper seconded the proposal and on being put to the vote the motion was passed on the Chair’s casting vote.
Refused for the following reasons:
1) The supporting information submitted with the application does not demonstrate to the satisfaction of the LPA that there is a proven essential operational need for a residential caravan to be located on the land in the open countryside some distance from local services and facilities. It is considered that the conditional planning permission for a 'mess facility' under ref 18/03198/FUL can satisfy the animal husbandry needs of the agricultural unit. In light of the above the development is considered contrary to policy H2 and OS2 of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan and relevant paragraphs of the NPPF.
2) By reason of the loss of roadside hedgerow planting in order to provide the requisite vision splay, the bell tents and shepherds hut together with the car parking associated with the Glamping use will appear as urbanising and alien ... view the full minutes text for item 69.
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 authority were received and noted.
Page 40, item 25 - it was noted that this application should have been listed under the Lowlands area.
The Senior Planning Officer, Stephanie Eldridge, summarised the latest appeals detailed in the report and responded to questions from Members.
The report was noted.
20/03020/FUL Access Track, Land to north of Beaconsfield Farm, Great Tew, Oxfordshire OX7 4JR
The development proposed is to regularise the use of the access track and amend the construction and landscaping details.
21/01229/FUL Lansdowne, Bruern Road, Milton-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire OX7 6LL
The development proposed is the demolition of the existing bungalow and erection of two detached dwellings.
21/01825/HHD Foxwold, Old Forge Road, Great Rollright OX7 5RR
The development proposed is remodelling of dwelling to provide first floor extension; erection of a detached garage.
PART ALLOWED PART DISMISSED
21/03263/HHD Station House, Station Road, Shipton-U-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BQ
The development proposed is for a two storey pitched roof rear extension and single storey flat roof side extension.
20/03474/FUL 1 Four Winds, Wards Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5BU
The development proposed is demolition of the existing 3 dwellings and the erection of 6 new dwellings.
20/03286/FUL Farm Building at E426163 N224706, Kingham OX7 6YD
The development proposed is change of use of building into a dwellinghouse (3 bed) and associated works.
21/01826/FUL Farm Building at E426163 N224706, Road from Station Road to Rynehill Farm, Kingham OX7 6YD
The development proposed is conversion of existing barn to create a new dwelling to be used as a holiday home.
Councillors Beaney, Davies and Postan were all concerned about inconsistencies relating to decisions on applications within Areas of Natural Beauty (AONB). The Senior Planning Officer explained that each application needed to be assessed on its own merit.
Councillor Beaney also queried if there were also checks carried out on enforcements. Some of the applications being passed were for agricultural ties and these had not been checked for 4 years.
Councillor Cooper asked if there were checks on inconsistencies, and Councillor Beaney also queried if there were also checks carried out on enforcements. The Senior Planning Officer confirmed that each application had to be looked at individually to ensure consistency, and they had a process to ensure enforcements were checked.