Contact Officer: Emily Barry, Democratic Services Officer


Tel: 07717 272442




Date: 5 April 2024







Planning Committee


WILL BE HELD ON Wednesday 17 April 2024 at 7.00 pm


Meeting Room 1, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE



You can watch this meeting the council's YouTube channel




Members of the Committee:

Max Thompson (Chair)

Val Shaw (Vice-Chair)

Ron Batstone

Cheryl Briggs


Jenny Hannaby

Robert Maddison

Mike Pighills


Jill Rayner

Scott Houghton



Substitutes Councillors

Paul Barrow

Andy Cooke

Hayleigh Gascoigne

Judy Roberts

Emily Smith

Robert Clegg

Oliver Forder

Katherine Foxhall

Sarah James

Viral Patel

Amos Duveen


Alternative formats of this publication are available on request.  These include large print, Braille, audio, email and easy read. For this or any other special requirements (such as access facilities) please contact the officer named on this agenda.  Please give as much notice as possible before the meeting.




Vivien Williams,

Head of Legal and Democratic (Interim)



Chair's announcements 


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





Apologies for absence 


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





Minutes (Pages 5 - 10)


To adopt and sign as a correct record the Planning Committee minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2024.





Declarations of interest 


To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests, other registrable interests and non-registrable interests or any conflicts of interest in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.





Urgent business 


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





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. 





Planning applications


All the background papers, with the exception of those papers marked exempt/confidential (e.g. within Enforcement Files) used in the following reports within this agenda are held (normally electronically) in the application file (working file) and referenced by its application number.  These are available to view at the Council Offices (Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE) during normal office hours.


Any additional information received following the publication of this agenda will be reported and summarised at the meeting.













Summary index of applications




Site Address


Application No











P23/V2226/FUL - Gateways, Harcourt Hill, Oxford, OX2 9AS 

Demolition of existing house and erection of two detached dwellings. (As amplified by additional tree protection information received 18 January 2024, and as amended by plan raising rooflight sill height received 23 February 2024, and as amended by plan redrawing application boundary to meet public highway received 4 March 2024 and updated application form received 6 March 2024.)


11 - 35










P22/V2744/RM - Phase 1 Valley Park Didcot 

Reserved Matters application relating to Phase 1T of Outline Planning Permission P14/V2873/O for scale, layout, landscape and appearance comprising 246 new homes with associated infrastructure with 35% affordable housing. (As amplified by additional information 9 January 2023 and amended by plans dated 3 July 2023, 26 September 2023 15 November 2023, 7 December 2023, 5 February, 14 February, 1 March and 26 March 2024).

(Outline planning application for a residential development of up to 4,254 dwellings, mixed-use local centres, primary schools, sports pitches, community and leisure facilities, special needs school, open space and extensive green infrastructure, hard and soft landscaping, attenuation areas, diversions to public rights of way, pedestrian and vehicular access and associated works).


36 - 84











Appeals Information (pages 85-87)


To receive the report from the Head of Planning.


The report updates the committee on Council appeal performance from April 2020 to end of March 2023, appeals started in March 2024, and decisions received in March 2024.



To note the Council’s appeal performance