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Planning Committee 10th June 2015

Wheatley Parish Council
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD IN THE PARISH OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE 2015
PRESENT: Cllrs R Bell, P Bignell, J Carr, S Coleridge, J Coveley (Chairman), G Stephens, A Walkey

OFFICER: The Assistant Clerk

ALSO PRESENT: District Councillor Toby Newman
10. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Cllr Davies
11. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None
12. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 20th MAY 2015 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record.
13. UPDATE ON MEETING HELD ON 20th MAY 2015
Update on planning application for 1 Kellys Road (8th April 2015 Planning Committee, the Parish Council had recommended refusal) – Cllr Bell attended the SODC planning meeting along with four local residents to express concerns about overdevelopment and loss of open view. The outcome was that planning permission was refused by SODC on grounds of overdevelopment.
14. AMENDMENTS TO PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS – None
15. NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS

i) P15/S1552/HH 3 Elm Close Wheatley OX33 1UW Single storey rear extension. Recommend Approval

ii) P15/S1534/HH 31 Elton Crescent Wheatley OX33 1UZ Removal of the existing front entrance porch and the erection of a single storey front extension. Recommend Approval

iii) P15/S1546/FUL 1 Coopers Close Littleworth OX33 1UA Variation of condition 1 (drawing numbers) of planning permission P10/W1824/RM. Reserved Matters regarding P10/W0461/O – Layout, scale, appearance, the means of access, vehicle and cycle parking, sustainable forms of construction and the landscaping of the site. Letter read out from the neighbour at 6 Coopers Close. Vote taken, 6 for Recommend Refusal, 1 for Abstention.

Reasons for Recommending Refusal:
1. The land should not be incorporated into a private garden but remain as an open woodland space for the benefit of the public and to preserve tree cover, wildlife corridor and habitation for bats and other wildlife.
2. The land is visually blocked by the current fence, contravening the original approved plans

[Please see attached the text from an email received from Cllr Bell on 11 June 2015 giving more detail about the above. This has been attached to the consultation form that has been returned to SODC]

16. TO CONSIDER OALC TRAINING COURSES – NOTED

i) Role and Responsibilities – Wednesday 29th July – Didcot Civic Hall -10.00am to 3.00pm – £65
ii) Chairmanship – Wednesday 2nd September – Didcot Civic Hall 10.00am to 3.00pm – £65 – Cllr Stephens would like to attend
iii) Getting to Grips with Finance – Wednesday 30th September – Didcot Civic Hall- 10.00pm to 300pm
There will be a Planning Course on how local councils fit into the planning system and effective responses to planning applications – no date as yet.
17. PLANNING DECISIONS AND NOTIFICATIONS – NOTED

i) P14/S3142/LB (Other) The Manor House 26 High Street Re-painting of existing windows. No strong views GRANTED 21.05.15
ii) P15/S0841/HH 15 London Road extensions to provide enlarged kitchen space and enlarged garage space. Recommend Approval GRANTED 14.05.15
iii) P15/S1126/HH 33 High Street Wheatley OX33 1XX Following permission P14/S1966/HH, to add first floor bathroom, storage area and two further rooflights. To lift existing stone flag floor and add insulation and damp proof membrane. Recommend Approval GRANTED 01.06.15
iv) P15/S1127/LB 33 High Street Wheatley OX33 1XX Following permission P14/S1966/HH, to add first floor bathroom, storage area and two further roof lights. To lift existing stone flag floor and add insulation and damp proof membrane. (As amended by drawing WHE.203.Rev A and Roof Insulation Details and amplified by tile photograph accompanying letter dated 13 May 2015 from the agent). Recommend Approval GRANTED 01.06.15
v) P15/S0138/A (Advertisement Consent) (Other) Asda Stores Ltd Construction of a
Home Shopping van loading canopy, extension to the service area of the store to accommodate a Home Shopping pod. Erection of a Click & Collect canopy, relocation of disabled parking spaces and relocation of a smoking shelter and trolley bay. Recommend Approval GRANTED 01.05.15
18. CORRESPONDENCE – NONE

19. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 2015 – NOTED
The Meeting closed at 8.30pm

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Email received from Cllr Bell on 11th June 2015 re 1 Coopers Close
We recommend refusal of the application to amend Condition 1 of the permission given for application P10/W1824/RM in March 2011 as stated on the application form for the following reasons:-
We recognise that the land is now in the ownership of 1 Coopers Place but feel that it is a significant public space that should not simply be incorporated into a private garden. It is part of a continuous line of Green Space through this part of Littleworth to the grounds of the Manor House in Wheatley High Street, largely along the line of the old railway, providing a corridor for wild life, particularly bats and other flying creatures which could be lost if it was part of a private garden.
The area is also a significant part of the public landscape of the centre of Littleworth from the Village Green through Coopers Close through to the mobile home park and should be left largely in its present wild state, apart from the part near the road entrance which does need some attention.
It should also be as open as possible to public view and therefore the current 1800mm fencing, which is illegal, should at least be lowered to no more that 1200mm though the original approved plans showed a different line and a more rural fence or hedging. We accept the area for car parking as mentioned in application P14/S3797/HH approved earlier this year changing the line of the closed area of the private garden. We disagree that the land in its present state does not contribute to the appearance of the area. Rather it enhances it.
Perhaps discussions could be had with your officer and the owner to try to resolve these issues.