WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2011 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 8.15 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: E.M. Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly. R Old, G. Birks, G Stephens, P Willmott, A Knapp, J Coveley, D Lamont, C Dalton & M Fyffe

OFFICER: Gareth Morris Clerk to the Parish Council

Also present: County Councillor Anne Purse and three members of the public.

64. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Anderson, Bell, Carr & Coleridge

65. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

66. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2011 which had been circulated earlier were signed as a correct and accurate record

66.  UPDATE ON MATTERS ON THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH SEPTEMBER

Minute 49 – The Clerk reported that work on Holloway Road resurfacing started on 10th October (instead of the 3rd as previously intended) and Friday Lane work would start on 27th October.

67. CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING PLANNING APPLICATION:

P11/W1227 (Major) Oxford Brookes Wheatley campus and Wheatley Park School. Provision of new access to serve Wheatley park School and Oxford Brooks University. New coach park for Wheatley Park School. Redistribution of existing car parking for Wheatley Park School and Oxford Brooks University with no net increase (515 spaces for Oxford Brookes University and 95 replacement spaces at Wheatley Park School). New landscaping and ancillary works.

Cllr Birks tabled a draft response that could be made by the Parish Council giving reasons for the refusal of the application on the grounds of the traffic/pedestrian safety at the Park Hill/Holloway Road/London Road junction were inadequate. Light controlled crossings should be provided at the there proposed zebra crossings.

Following a discussion, Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Birks seconded that the above application should be refused on the grounds that the traffic/pedestrian safety measures at the Park Hill/Holloway Road/London Road junction are inadequate.

This was AGREED by 10 votes in favour with none against and one abstention.

It was further AGREED to send Cllr Birks’ paper as an explanation to the parish Council’s recommendation of refusal. (copy in Minute book)

8.50pm The Chairman declared the Council out of session and invited the members of the public present to speak

County Councillor Anne Purse. – She felt that the Brookes’ application would not be dealt with by SODC for a little while yet. OCC had not yet put in any comments re highway matters. She suggested that as the officer concerned would be working on comments the following day and perhaps the Parish Council might like to send him their comments.

Mrs Tess Shaw (Chairman of Wheatley Park School Governors) – thanked the Parish Council for their concern on behalf of Wheatley Park School

9.00pm The Chairman declared the Council back in session

It was Agreed to send Mr Yoward, the OCC officer dealing with Highway matters on planning applications

68. TO RECEIVE A REPORT ON THE COUNCIL’S SUBMISSION TO THE

‘EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC’ OF  SODC’s CORE STRATEGY AND TO CONSIDER A SUBMISSION TO THE NEXT EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC SESSION (1st November to 11th November)

Items for examination are:

  • the overall strategy, particularly the quantity and distribution of housing development   (CS chapter 4 and the relevant section of chapter 7)
  • ‘moving around’ (CS chapter 5)
  • Didcot (CS chapter 9),
  • Thame (CS chapter 11),
  • Wallingford (CS chapter 12),
  • ‘quality development’ (CS chapter 15),
  • infrastructure provision (CS chapter 18).

First of all Cllr Birks gave a verbal report on her attendance at the first sessions of the Examination in Public which had been held in June.

For the forthcoming session on ‘Strategy’, to be held on 1st and 2nd November she felt that the Parish Council should maintain its previously held stance against major development in the green belt and that the apportionment of housing between town and villages is unsound. Also to state that the parish Council supports the Inspectors preliminary findings.

Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Dalton seconded the proposal that the parish Council submits Cllr Birks’ suggestions as the Parish Council’s response to the ‘Strategy’ Session of the Examination in Public on 1st/2nd November and that Cllr Birks be asked to attend on the Parish Council’s behalf.

This was AGREED by 10 votes in favour and 1 against with no abstentions

The Chairman thanked Cllr Birks on behalf of the Parish Council for the amount of work she had put in to this matter

69. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – MONDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2011 – Noted

The meeting closed at 9.24pm

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