Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: This is a virtual meeting

Contact: Paul Bateman 

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No. Item


Election of Chair

To elect a chair for the remainder of the municipal year.


Councillor Val Shaw, Vice Chair, in the chair.


The committee had a vacancy for chair of the committee created by the resignation of the Chair, Councillor Bob Johnston. A motion, moved and seconded, to elect Councillor Max Thompson Chair of the Vale of White Horse Planning Committee, was declared carried on being put to the vote.


RESOLVED; that Councillor Max Thompson is elected Chair of the committee for the remainder of the municipal year.


Chair's announcements

To receive any announcements from the chairman, and general housekeeping matters.


Councillor Max Thompson in the Chair.


The Chair had no announcements but ran through housekeeping arrangements appropriate to a virtual meeting.


Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence and the attendance of substitute members. 


There were no apologies for absence.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Planning Committee minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020. 


The minutes of the previous meeting, held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, were agreed to be a correct record of the meeting.  It was agreed that the Chair sign them as such.


Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  


There were no declarations of interest.


Urgent business

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent. 


There was no urgent business.


Public participation

To receive any statements from members of the public that have registered to speak on planning applications which are being presented to this committee meeting. 


The committee noted the list of members of the public registered to speak at the meeting.  The committee had received prior to the meeting statements which had been made, which would be placed on the council’s web site.


P18/V0259/O - Land South of Steeds Farm, Coxwell Road, Faringdon pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Outline planning application for up to 125 dwellings and associated public open space. All matters except access reserved.  (as amended by plans and documents received 2 May 2018, 3 May 2018 and 31 October 2018). Viability assessment submitted 10 April 2019, amended viability assessment submitted 18 June 2020.

Additional documents:


The committee considered application P18/V0259/O for outline planning permission for up to 125 dwellings and associated public open space. All matters except access reserved (as amended by plans and documents received 2 May 2018, 3 May 2018 and 31 October 2018). Viability assessment submitted 10 April 2019, amended viability assessment submitted on land South of Steeds Farm, Coxwell Road, Faringdon.


Consultations, representations, policy and guidance, and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report, which formed part of the agenda pack for the meeting.


The planning officer reported that a late objection had been received, which considered that the application represented a lack of infrastructure and facilities, the urbanisation of Great Coxwell, and would have a detrimental effect upon the character of Faringdon. These issues had been addressed in the report to the committee.


The planning officer advised the committee that in April 2019 parish boundaries in the vicinity of the site were changed and the application site now fell within the Faringdon Town administration boundary. The application site did however remain within the designated area of the made Great Coxwell Neighbourhood Plan, therefore it was this neighbourhood plan that formed part of the Development Plan to which the application would be assessed against, along with the Local Plan 2031 Part 1 (LPP1) and Part 2 (LPP2).


The planning officer reported that main recommendation 1 referred to an overage clause. The planning officer recommended that this condition would be removed in the event of outline planning permission being granted. 


Referring to the principle of development, the planning officer reported that the proposal was part of the South of Faringdon strategic housing site, allocated for housing by Core Policy 4 of the Local Plan 2031 Part 1 (LPP1). The principle of development was therefore acceptable, unless material considerations indicated otherwise. Core Policy 20 stated that development at this strategic allocation would be supported where development met the requirements set out within the Site Development Template, and in accordance with the Development Plan taken as a whole. The Site Development Template stated that the overall allocation would deliver around 200 homes, subject to masterplanning.


In meeting housing needs, there was a presumption in favour of sustainable development under policy CP4 of LPP1. The government also expected allocated sites to make optimal use of their potential to achieve efficient use of land. Up to 125 units had been assessed against all relevant planning considerations and no technical objections had been raised. Therefore, officers considered that an increase of up to 125 dwellings on the approximate number of 200 was, in principle, reasonable, and did not result in a significantly different development to that outlined in the Local Plan.  The final number of dwellings would be determined at application stage and there was no cap on the number. Sustainability was a major presumption. Only access into the site was to be considered at this stage. Appearance, layout, scale and landscaping were all reserved for future consideration.


The planning officer advised that access  ...  view the full minutes text for item 143.