Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 8 January 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: The Ridgeway, The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY

Contact: Paul Bateman 

Items
No. Item

72.

Chairman's announcements

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

Minutes:

The chairman outlined the emergency evacuation arrangements and the procedure for the meeting.

73.

Apologies for absence

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

Minutes:

Councillor Eric Batts sent his apologies.

74.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Planning Committee minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2019. 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: to adopt the minutes of the committee meeting held on 4 December 2019 as a correct record and agree that the chair signs them as such.

75.

Declarations of interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

76.

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. 

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

77.

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. 

Minutes:

The committee noted the list of public registered to speak at the meeting.

78.

P18/V2300/FUL - Land at Grove Road, Grove pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Erection of a Class A1 retail food store with associated car parking, access, landscaping and associated engineering works.  Additional ecological information (reptile survey report) received 28 September 2018. Additional information and amended plans received 5 November 2018, 7 March 2019 and 31 July 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered application P18/V2300/FUL for the erection of a Class A1 retail food store with associated car parking, access, landscaping and associated engineering works.  Additional ecological information (reptile survey report) received 28 September 2018. Additional information and amended plans received 5 November 2018, 7 March 2019 and 31 July 2019, on land at Grove Road, Grove.

 

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 since the publication of the agenda, 3 further letters of support had been received. The issues raised were the need for another supermarket in Wantage and Grove to support the increasing population, the visual and physical separation of Wantage and Grove had already been lost elsewhere and a new store would prevent people travelling further afield, and therefore reducing their carbon footprint. The planning officer advised that these issues have already been covered in the officer’s report.

 

June Stock, a representative of Grove Parish Council, spoke in support of the application.

 

John Tranter of Cycling UK, Wantage, spoke objecting to the application.

 

Nick Hardy, the agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Jenny Hannaby, a local ward councillor, spoke objecting to the application.

 

The committee noted in the report that there were 38 letters of objection, 19 letters of support, with a petition of 101 signatures in support.  The majority of objections related to highways matters. The committee noted that the Oxfordshire County Council, as highways authority, had no objection to the present proposals. The development manager advised in respect of a supporting petition; the committee could decide what weight they would attach to its importance and that the committee was not bound by its result, as a petition was not a material consideration.

 

The committee considered that the development would harm the vitality and viability of the Grovelands centre, an identified local shopping centre in the local plan. They were also concerned that the proposal did not protect the existing landscape and did not respect the physical separation between the settlements of Wantage and Grove. It was also contrary to Local Plan and National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) polices.

 

A motion moved and seconded, to refuse planning permission for the application was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: that planning permission for application P18/V2300/FUL is refused for the following reasons;

 

1.         Based on the information submitted with the application the Local Planning Authority consider that the proposal would harm the vitality and viability of the Grovelands centre, Grove, an identified local shopping centre in the local plan. The application also fails to guard against the potential and unnecessary loss of the Post Office, a community facility, as a result of the proposed development. As such the application is contrary to Core Policy 32 of the adopted Local Plan 2031 Part 1 and to paragraphs 89, 90 and 92 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

2.         The application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 78.

79.

P19/V2651/FUL - 1 Maple Close Botley, Oxford, OX2 9DZ pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Retrospective change of use to C3 dwelling as 7 bed HMO.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered application P19/V2651/FUL for a retrospective change of use to C3 dwelling as 7 bed HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) at 1 Maple Close Botley, Oxford, OX2 9DZ.

 

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.

 

Councillor Adam Rankin, a representative of North Hinksey Parish Council, spoke objecting to the application.

 

Hugh Shepherd, the agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Debby Hallett, a local ward councillor, spoke objecting to the application.

 

The committee noted that the property could be used as a 6-bedroom HMO without the specific grant of planning permission. A recent appeal which had been allowed in respect of a similar proposal at 1 Hillhead, Lime Road, Botley, indicated that there was no evidence in this case to demonstrate that the use of the premises as a 7-bedroom dwelling would give rise to inadequate parking and turning provision, or that there would be a detrimental impact upon the character and appearance of the area or upon neighbour amenity. Additionally, the Highways Officer no longer objected to the proposal. On-street parking remained an issue in this area and the committee was advised that a condition of permission would require the marking out of car parking spaces and bicycle parking provision within 6 weeks of permission. 

 

A motion moved and seconded, to grant planning permission for the application was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: that planning permission is granted for application P19/V2651/FUL subject to the following conditions;

 

Standard:

1: Approved plans

 

Within 6 weeks of the grant of planning permission:

2: Car parking laid out and marked

3: Bicycle parking provided

 

Informative

4: Unique – boundary treatment