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MINUTES of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 22nd January 2018

PRESENT: Cllr Wright, Williams, Rowton-Lee, Haywood, Ashdown, Higgs

SODC: D/Cllr White

STAFF: Jo Wills


Apologies: None

Absent without apologies: Cllr Bird


Co-option of temporary Planning Committee members to be agreed: None


Councillors Declaration of Pecuniary Interest & Dispensations:

Cllr Haywood and Cllr Higgs - P17/S4358/HH – family member application


Public Question time: 8 members of the public were present

3 members of the public comments on P17/S3916/FUL: clarification needed on existing hedging as the application contradicts itself in many places – it was always agreed for the hedging to remain and be maintained. Concerns detailed over footpath 8 as this is a right of way and needs to be protected and maintained. Access points and condition of hedging, fencing and pathway were all raised. The response online from the housing officer is very valid regarding distribution of social housing.

1 member of the public spoke regarding P17/S4358/HH and was the applicant. It was pointed out that the redline plan was incorrect as neighbouring property already had an extension so the map was misleading.

2 members of the public were from the Governing Body of St Andrews School and spoke regarding the current consultation to two form entry and the need for this expansion.


Planning applications considered:

Application Ref: P17/S3916/FUL

Proposal: Variation of condition 1-approved plans of planning permission P17/S0808/RM Application for approval of reserved matters siting, scale, layout, appearance and landscaping (As amended by plans accompanying Agents letter dated 7 June 2017 incorporating minor changes to the design and layout of development and additional highways information accompanying Agents email of 19 July 2017).

Address: Land north of Mill Lane

Recommendation: Objection Ref: 124229

Social housing is too clustered and should be distributed around the site. CPC supports SODC Housing Officer on this matter.

The previous revision of the plan was more satisfactory in its layout, as it avoided the profusion of straight lines that dominate the new version.

The blocks of flats surrounding the access will be overbearing. These should be distributed around the internal layout of the site.

The surrounding properties date mainly from the 1960's, featuring low pitched roofs. The design shows all high roof heights, which are not in keeping. Roof lines on all properties should be lowered to a considerable degree.

At a meeting with CPC on 31-10-16 the developer agreed that existing hedging should be retained and maintained. At various points in the amended submission it is not clear that the position is being observed. There should be greater clarity on all hedging and fencing points.

Footpath 8 passes along the side of the site. At present, the walked area extends into what will be the developed site. There should be clear definition as to what the developers will do to protect the path and keep it in a useable condition.

CPC request a meeting to discuss all of these points and to agree a better, more appealing application.


Application Ref: P17/S3026/FUL

Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and ancillary buildings. Erection of a two-storey building containing four dwellings (4 x 2 bed apartments) with associated car and cycle parking and amenity space provision. Retention of existing vehicle and pedestrian access onto Lime Grove.

Address: 1 Lime Grove

Recommendation: Objection

The proposed development is not in keeping with the area, consisting as it does of well spaced properties with large front gardens. This proposal constitutes overdevelopment.

CPC fully supports OCC Highways with regard to their objections, on the grounds of parking, access design and road width.


Application Ref: P17/S4473/FUL

Proposal: Variation of condition 2 (Approved Plans) of planning permission P16/S1486/RM, to replace approved plan 04 Rev A with plan 04 Rev B. Application for Reserved Matters for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for two detached 5-bedroom dwellings following outline planning permission P15/S0283/O (both dwellings positioned further forward and Plot 2 moved further from boundary with No.51 and reduced in depth as shown on amended plans received 2nd August 2016).

Address: 47 & 49 Oakley Lane

Recommendation: No Strong Views


Application Ref: P18/S0061/FUL

Proposal: Change of use of the existing building from an office (Use Class B1) to a children's day nursery (Use Class D1) at 57 Lower Road, Chinnor, Oxon, OX39 4DU. Insertion of internal stud partition wall to grade II Listed portion of the property and minor external works, (fencing and landscaping) within the curtilage.

Address: 57 Lower Road

Recommendation: Objection

There is considerable need for day care in the village, but this is not an appropriate site. The planning statement says that there will be 18 staff, but provides only 6 car park spaces, stating that the majority of staff will travel by public transport. In Chinnor, there is very little public transport and no area where staff could park cars.

The planning statement also states that there will be up to 80 children. There is nowhere on the site, or on the adjoining roads where this quantity of dropping off or picking up can be carried out safely.

Lower Road is already one of the busiest roads in Chinnor, with serious parking and peak hour problems.

This proposal would result in a dangerous addition to an area, already plagued with excessive parking and traffic holdups.


Application Ref: P18/S0015/FUL

Proposal: Provision of a pitched roof and modifications to the agricultural barn previously approved under application P16/S1687/FUL (retrospective).

Address: Land associated with Bridleway Barn, Sprigs Holly, Chinnor Hill

Recommendation: No Strong Views

CPC would like to clarify that restrictions are in place to stop the building becoming a dwelling in the future. If they are not present, a condition needs to be added and enforced to restrict the building becoming any type of residential dwelling.


Application Ref: P18/S0026/HH

Proposal: Single storey side and rear extension. Move dropped kerb

Address: 2 Golden Hills

Recommendation: Approval


Application Ref: P17/S4327/HH and amendment

Proposal: New second storey garage extension for additional bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite

Address: 42 The Avenue

Recommendation: Approval


Application Ref: P17/S4358/HH

Proposal: Single storey rear and side extensions (replacing existing garage), and fenestration alterations to existing dwelling

Address: 30 Rectory Meadow

Recommendation: Approval

To note – the guttering to be correctly aligned within the boundary of the property.

To note: the red line plan is incorrect in the application as neighbouring property has an extension.


Application Ref: P17/S4344/HH

Proposal: Replace existing garage with new home office/studio

Address: 47 Station Road

Recommendation: Approval


Application Ref: P17/S4261/HH

Proposal: Extend the existing dropped kerb at the front of the property by 1 metre at the right hand side (as viewed from the drive) i.e. the side furthest from the adjoining property at no 35.

Address: 33 Mill Lane

Recommendation: Approval

Permitted Development Right - For information only – noted.


Application Ref: P18/S0106/PDH

Proposal: Erection of glazed conservatory

Address: 96 Station Road


6.2 Planning Approval decisions made by SODC:

Application Ref: P17/S4019/FUL

Proposal: Demolition of existing store/stables and erection of secure machinery store/field shelter

Address: Westdown House, Chinnor Hill


Application Ref: P17/S3780/FUL

Proposal: Proposed outdoor riding arena and stables served by new track from existing access

Address: 1 Manor Farmhouse, Henton


Application Ref: P17/S3884/HH

Proposal: Single storey front extension

Address: 24 Cherry Tree Road


Application Ref: P17/S3821/HH

Proposal: Demolition of former two storey extension with replacement two storey side extension

Address: Blandings, Chinnor Hill


Application Ref: P17/S3928/HH

Proposal: Small single storey front extension and garage conversion, with new pitched roof over garage.

Address: 9 Middleway


Application Ref: P17/S4107/HH

Proposal: Single storey rear extension and garage conversion

Address: 36 Kiln Avenue


6.3 Planning Refusal decision made by SODC:

Application Ref: P17/S2324/O

Proposal: Outline application with all matters reserved for erection of up to 51 dwellings and associated infrastructure works. As amended August, September and November.

Address: Land south east of Doveleat


6.4 Appeal Decisions

Application Ref: P17/S0123/FUL

Appeal Ref: APP/Q3115/W/17/3184132

Proposal: Siting of three pinewood lodges and associated parking for holiday lets. Henton.

The Planning Inspectorate Decision: The Appeal is Allowed and Planning Permission Granted


Application Ref: P16/S3471/FUL

Appeal Ref: APP/Q3115/W/17/3179636

Proposal: Erection of two detached dwellings with access, parking, amenity at land at 67 Lower Icknield Way.

The Planning Inspectorate Decision: The Appeal is Allowed and Planning Permission Granted


6.5 Appeal Updates

Appeals by Cala Management and Persimmon Homes. Inquiry into appeal information:

Start date: 26th June 2018

Time: 10am

Venue: SODC offices, Abingdon

Duration: 8 days


6.6 Planning Matters

6.6.1 Withdrawn application – P17/S3520/LDP – 5 Siareys Close – partial garage conversion. Noted

6.6.2 Consultation on a proposal to expand St Andrews Primary School to 2 form entry.

CPC to respond in full support of two form entry but to note that the school does need more money spent on it to raise the condition of the exterior. OCC have estimated too low a number of future intake of children following developments and so need to be more realistic in future numbers and school allocations.

6.6.3 Update following OCC Highways meeting dated 22-01-18 – see notes in file


7. Neighbourhood Plan

7.1 A meeting has been arranged for 25th January to form a steering group for progressing forward.



CHAIRMAN ___________________________________________________ DATED ______________

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