- Councillor Sue Hendrie
- Councillor Nigel Hughes (Chairman)
- Councillor Katharine Keats-Rohan
- Councillor Mike Kidley
- Councillor Rosslyn Lester
- Councillor George Newcombe
- Luke Whitcomb, Meetings Officer
- Katherine Pearce, Senior Planning Officer, South Oxfordshire District Council
- 3 members of the public were present
- 0 members of the press were present
XXX/22 MEETING PROTOCOL
The Chairman advised attendees of the protocol for the meeting.
Apologies were received from Councillor Whelan.
The District Councillors did not attend.
XXX/22 DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Councillor Kidley declared an interest in the planning application of Cholsey and Wallingford Railway (Minute XXX/22 (b) below).
The Committee considered the minutes of their last meeting on 26 November 2022. The Chairman stated that because there were insufficient Members present who had been at the meeting in question, the approval of the minutes would need to be deferred to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 16 November 2022.
XXX/22 ACTIONS FROM PREVIOUS MEETING
The Committee reviewed progress on the actions agreed at the last meeting and uncompleted actions from previous meetings.
XXX/22 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Three members of the public attended and participated in items minuted as XXX/22 and XXX/22 (b) below.
XXX/22 VARIATION OF AGENDA ORDER
It was proposed by Councillor Lester, and seconded by Councillor Keats-Rohan, and RESOLVED that Item 8, Pre-Application Discussions, be brought forward to save the external speakers waiting
XXX/22 PRE-APPLICATION DISCUSSIONS [moved from agenda item 8 to item 7]
Representatives of LAPD Architects presented plans, including designs, to create four residential units at the rear of 7 St Mary’s Street, the building occupied by Champion’s, together with improved facilities for the shop’s staff. The store was being retained but consolidated.
The Planning Authority had required the architects to consult with the Town Council as part of pre-application discussions. Committee members asked questions of the LAPD team who demonstrated sensitivity to the historic fabric of the building. Car parking was included with the plans. The units were highly insulated and would be heated in part through an air source pump.
XXX/22 PLANNING APPLICATIONS [moved from agenda item 7 to item 8]
(a) Winterbrook Meadows (Site E)
Ms Katharine Pearce, Senior Planning Officer at South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), updated the Committee on the development of Site E (Winterbrook Meadows), including live applications and phasing.
Outline planning permission for just over 500 dwellings had been granted in 2019. Subsequent progress had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority had since been given to the construction of the spine road; the first residential phase involved 200 residential units; parameter plans had changed a little; and the design code had yet to be approved. The view of the Town Council on the allotments and play strategy would be particularly welcomed by SODC as plans developed.
The Committee then considered individual planning applications.
It was proposed by Councillor Lester, and seconded by Councillor Hughes, and RESOLVED to consider the planning application by Cholsey and Wallingford Railway first, as a member of the public was present to take questions on that item
(b) Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Preservation Society, 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9GQ
Erection of signal box and water tower
Councillor Kidley declared an interest in this item and took no part in the discussion or vote.
It was proposed by Councillor Hendrie, and seconded by Councillor Lester, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be supported. The Committee consider this to be an excellent use of a redundant listed building and a welcome addition to the town
COMMENT NO. 236428
(c) 18 Norries Drive Wallingford OX10 8JS
Partial side extension/conversion of garage with pitched roof.
It was proposed by Councillor Keats-Rohan, and seconded by Councillor Kidley, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be supported
COMMENT NO. 236425
(d) 147 Wantage Road Wallingford OX10 0LT
A two storey rear extension, plus a loft conversion and internal alterations to the original semi-detached bungalow.
It was proposed by Councillor Lester, and seconded by Councillor Newcombe, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be supported
COMMENT NO. 236424
(e) Riverside Park and Caravan Site Riverside Park, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8EB
Construct an accessible mooring position, improve exiting riverbank access, widen footpaths and addition of a small storage shed.
It was proposed by Councillor Hughes, and seconded by Councillor Newcombe, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be supported in principle and the comments of Crowmarsh Parish Council concerning the design of the shed be endorsed
COMMENT NO. 236426
(f) 11 St John’s Terrace, Wallingford OX10 9AH
Install a permeable reinforced grass driveway to the front of the property and dropped kerb.
It was proposed by Councillor Hendrie, and seconded by Councillor Keats-Rohan, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be refused in view of the objection of the Highways Authority (Oxfordshire County Council)
COMMENT NO. 236427
(g) 21 Rowland Close, Wallingford OX10 8LA
The Committee NOTED that this application had been withdrawn.
(h) 88 Wantage Road Wallingford OX10 0LX
Proposed ground floor rear extension
It was proposed by Councillor Kidley, and seconded by Councillor Hughes, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be supported
COMMENT NO. 236429
(i) 23 Market Place Wallingford OX10 0DY
Change of use of first floor commercial office space to residential flat
It was proposed by Councillor Newcombe, and seconded by Councillor Hughes, and RESOLVED to recommend that this application be refused on the grounds of the lack of fire plan. The Committee believes the paperwork is incorrect in failing to acknowledge the existing residential unit and in stating therefore that there is no need for a fire plan
COMMENT NO. 226430
XXX/22 PLANNING DISCHARGES
There had been no discharges since the last meeting.
XXX/22 PLANNING DECISIONS
The Committee NOTED recent planning decisions by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) which were all in line with the Town Council’s recommendations.
XXX/22 FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
The following items were identified as future agenda items:
- Requests for pre-application discussions by the owners (and their architects) of two sites (Committee to determine how best to respond – see Item 8)
- Upgrade on Cholsey Waste Water – rolling item
- Highcroft (Site B) representatives to update Members at a future meeting (arranged for November)
- Oxford Diocesan Trust Representatives
- Update on planned developments in Thames Street (Nos. 5-7), adjoining the Boat Club
- Updates on enforcement activity, maintaining pressure on the District Council in the light of the failures to respond to repeated requests of the Enforcement Team. Cllr Keats-Rohan to talk to the District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment
- Concerns regarding illuminated signage in the Market Place
The meeting ended at 8.04 pm
Minutes of the Planning Committee, 31 October 2022, signed as a correct record
2022-10-31 PLA minutes PUBLIC