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Venue: Council Chamber

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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2022


The minutes of the meeting held on 25 July were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.



Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments


Apologies were received from Councillor Lidia Arciszewska.

Councillor Chapple substituted for Councillor Lidia Arciszewska.

The Chair reported that the Senior Planner and Development Manager were both off sick.


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:


Councillor Jackson said he was a friend of a resident of Chapel Lane but had not discussed the application with them and would not take part in the discussion.


The Chair asked the Principal Planner for Enforcement and Appeals to inform the meeting of the implications of the Appeal decision for the Land at Barns Lane, Burford.  The Planning Inspector had dismissed the appeal but had found that the Council could not demonstrate a 5 year deliverable housing land supply.  While the Council had not yet adopted a formal position, the appeal decision is significant because in the absence of a 5-year supply, the ‘tilted balance’ as set out in para I I (d) of the NPPF applies. This requires that planning permission be granted unless any adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. The Principal Planner said that this should have a bearing on the consideration of 22/00838/OUT.


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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






Church Enstone Hall, Little Tew Road, Church Enstone.

James Nelson





Church Enstone Hall, Little Tew Road, Church Enstone

James Nelson





Land At Chapel Lane, Enstone.

Stephanie Eldridge



22/00478/FUL Church Enstone Hall, Little Tew Road, Church Enstone

The Planning Officer introduced this application for the removal of existing bungalow adjoining the Tithe Barn and garage outbuilding, the erection of a new detached dwelling with associated works. Change of use of land to create additional domestic curtilage along with the construction of an outdoor swimming pool to serve Church Enstone Hall.

There was a statement from Richard Nares who spoke in support of the application. A copy of this submission is attached to the original copy of the minutes.

The Planning Officer gave further details of the application. In the view of officers, the application was considered to accord with WOLP 2031 Policies OS1, OS2, OS4, H2, H6, T1, T3, T4, EH2, EH3, EH9 and EH11, the West Oxfordshire Design Guide 2016 and NPPF 2021. The application was therefore recommended to Members for conditional approval.

In answer to questions, the Planning Officer explained that the main house was a replacement dwelling but that no Condition had been applied at the time of its approval to prevent the demolition and replacement of the bungalow. Councillors had some concerns about the siting of the swimming pool and whether it would cause disturbance to neighbours. The Planning Officer said it was considered far enough away from the neighbours not to be a nuisance and that visual barriers were not necessary. He explained that details of the repairs to the listed tithe barn were set out in a schedule attached to the application and would be subject to a separate schedule monument consent (SMC). Details such as the preservation of the date plaque on the newly exposed wall of the barn would be covered by the SMC.

The application was put to the vote for approval and was carried. 

Resolved approved as per the Officer’s recommendations.


22/00582/LBC Church Enstone Hall, Little Tew Road, Church Enstone

The Planning Officer introduced this application for internal and external alterations to Tithe Barn to include replacement of existing doors and the removal of the attached bungalow. Having paid special regard to the desirability of preserving the building and its setting, the works were considered to preserve the special character, setting and significance of the listed building, Officers recommended that LBC should be granted subject to conditions.

The application was put to the vote for approval and was carried. 

Resolved approved as per the Officer’s recommendations.


22/00838/OUT Land At Chapel Lane, Enstone

The Planning Officer introduced this application for outline planning permission for residential development (up to 8 dwellings), access, parking, public open space, landscaping and associated development infrastructure. (Some matters reserved).

The Planning Officer noted that a late representation had been received from Plantlife. He gave details of the application and reminded the meeting that the recent findings by the Planning Inspector concerning the shortage of deliverable land supply meant that the ‘tilted balance’ as set out in para 11(d) of the NPPF applied to this application.  This required that the development be approved unless any  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.


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


That the reports be noted.


The Planning Officer explained that 22/00123/CND (no 12 on the Schedule) was a split decision. The Chair thanked the Officers for their work on processing the applications.


Appeal 21/00506/FUL. Partial costs had been awarded against the Council as the Inspector has found the Officer’s report was not sufficiently clear in respect of assertions about impact.


The third appeal listed was in error as it referred to the same appeal as the first one on the list.


It was agreed that a copy of the Inspectors report on Barns Lane, Burford should be circulated to members of the Committee. Councillors asked that thanks be conveyed to Officers who had been involved with the Inquiry.