06 November 2018 – Agenda


TO: All Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Committee

Cllrs B Austin (Chairman), D Bretherton (Deputy Chairman), P Cowell,
D Dodds, M Dyer, H Fickling, C Jones, P Lambert and M Stiles

Ex Officio (Voting) Members – A Midwinter (Town Mayor) and L Emery (Deputy Mayor)

To:           All other Members for information

VENUE: Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall

DATE:     Tuesday 6 November 2018

TIME:      On the rising of the Planning & Environment Committee and not before 7:15pm


Graham Hunt
Clerk of the Council

Date: 31 October 2018



1. Apologies for Absence

2. Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To notify of any items that appear in the agenda in which there may be an interest that has not been recorded in the Member’s Register of Interest; and confirmation of any relevant dispensations.

3. Public Participation and Public Questions

To consider applications from members of the public to address the Committee (5 minutes maximum), in respect of any item of business included in the agenda. Applications to speak must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 5pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.

To consider questions from members of the public (who live, work or run a business in the Parish). Written questions must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 4pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.

4. Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 25 September 2018.


5. Working Groups

To receive a report / update from the chairmen of:

a) The NPCC Co-Ordination Working Group
b) The Infrastructure Delivery Plan Working Group
c) The Green Living Plan Working Group
d) The Town Centre Working Group

5d. Market Town Co-Ordinator Update

e) Transport Plan Working Group
f) The Community Facilities Working Group
g) The Burial Space Working Group

6. South Oxfordshire District Local Plan

To note any further relevant information and consider any relevant comments by the Committee.

7. Thame Neighbourhood Plan Revision

To note any further relevant information and consider any relevant comments by the Committee.

8. Oxfordshire Growth Board

To note any further relevant information and consider any relevant comments by the Committee.

9. Oxford – Cambridge Expressway

To note any further relevant information and consider any relevant comments by the Committee.

10. Thames Valley Police Station, Greyhound Lane
Appeal Decision – APP/Q3115/W/17/3173982

The appeal is allowed; planning permission granted for the redevelopment to form 41 sheltered apartments for the elderly, including communal facilities, access, car parking and landscaping at Thames Valley Police Station, Greyhound Lane, Thame OX9 3ZD in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref P16/S3525/FUL, dated 21 October 2016.

To note that following agreement at the Full Council meeting on 16 October 2018 Cornerstone Barristers were instructed to investigate and advise on the feasibility of a call for a Statutory Review under Section 288 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act. The advice received was that the prospects of overturning the decision were low, and costly.

11. Affordable Housing / Community Land Trust (CLT)

To receive an update on progress towards the formation of the Thame CLT.

12. Housing Needs Survey

To note that the Chairman of the Committee has now escalated the lack of an up-to-date Housing Needs Analysis for Thame to the Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, requesting a meeting at Councillor level.

13. Health Hub / Hallam Land

To note that the Planning Authority’s response to Hallam Land’s pre-application proposal is imminent, and that a useful internal update meeting was held on 26 September 2018.

14. Lord Williams’s Lower School Site

To note that a useful meeting was held with Lanpro, consultants charged with developing Design Brief for the Lower School Site on 17 October 2018. A public exhibition is scheduled at the site from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 15 November 2018.

15. Other Items to Note

a) An additional Town Council meeting was called on 16 October 2018 to discuss four planning applications of great relevance to Thame and its Neighbourhood Plan which all needed fairly urgent consideration:
* An amendment to a Moreton development (from 7 to 5 dwellings)
* more traffic information related to the Rycote Lane Cattle Market proposal
* more detailed plans for the whole of Kingsmead Business Park
* the appeal outcome for Churchill Retirement Living at the Police Station site on Greyhound Lane.

b) Housing Allocation. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are looking to update their housing allocation policy and have launched a public consultation on the proposed changes. Everyone is invited to add their comments to the survey and has until midnight on 26 November 2018.

c) Notification has been received from Rectory Homes Ltd of a fourth planning application for The Elms site.

d) The Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer is considering a number of planning related potential impacts / consultations as highlighted through the recent Government budget.