19 December 2017 – 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, P Lambert, A Midwinter and M Stiles

Ex Officio (Voting) Members – T Wyse (Town Mayor) and L Emery (Deputy Mayor)

To:            All other Members for information

VENUE: Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall

DATE:     Tuesday 19 December 2017

TIME:      On the rising of the Planning & Environment Committee and not before 7.15pm


Graham Hunt
Clerk of the Council

Date: 13 December 2017



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 7 November 2017.


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 that a formal response has been submitted to the consultation on the Local Plan Publication Version.

6. Comments Publication SODC LP 30112017

7. Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan

To note that a formal response has been submitted to the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) submission consultation.

7. Comments on Proposed Submission VALP 14 12 2017

8. Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places

To note that a formal response has been submitted to the Government’s proposed changes to both planning law and guidance.

8. Right homes right place consultation Final

9. Thame Neighbourhood Plan Revision

To note that work on the Neighbourhood Plan Revision has been limited, while the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer has concentrated on critical responses to various consultations.

10. P17/S1069/FUL – The Elms 32 Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 2DN

To note that we were expecting a planning decision, but nothing has yet arrived.

11. P17/S2210/FUL – Land Adj. Park Meadow Cottage, Thame Park Road
Erection of 4 x 3 bedroom houses and 5 x 2 bedroom houses, car and cycle parking, bin stores, access and landscaping (layout altered to accommodate revised waste vehicle tracking as shown on amended plans received 1 September 2017).

To note that Cllr Emery and the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer put forward the Town Council’s various arguments for recommending refusal for planning application P17/S2210/FUL at the District Planning Committee meeting on 29 November 2017.

To note that in spite of concerns that the application is contrary to the Thame Neighbourhood Plan, the District Planning Committee approved the planning application.

12. P16/S3525/FUL – Thames Valley Police, Greyhound Lane

To note that formal notification of an appeal (first suggested at P&E on 5 September 2017) has now been received. The Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer will draw up an appropriate action plan as required.

13. Health Hub / Hallam Land

To note that there have been no further specific discussions on the Health Hub. It is hoped that the separate OCCG consultation underway on improvements to GP services will only have a positive impact.

14. Affordable Housing / Community Land Trust

To receive an update on the meeting held with SODC on 7 December 2017 regarding future housing policies and support.

To note that Cllr Austin and the Committee Services Officer attended the first National Conference for Community Led Housing on 27 November 2017. At which the Government Minister for Housing announced a further £240m of funding (£60m per year for the next four years) to support Community Led Housing initiatives.

15. Site Allocation Discussions

Following the lifting of the moratorium to note that:

a) Persimmon has again been told very clearly that any intensification of Site D would be contrary to the Thame Neighbourhood Plan.

b) The Hunter Page meeting re Moreton provided advice on a windfall site, rather than a site allocation. It was made clear that any planning application must be in line with the needs of the community and the Thame Neighbourhood Plan.

16. Letters to the Housing Minister

To note that further clarification has been received from the DCLG re the renewal of the Written Ministerial Statement that provides additional protection to Neighbourhood Plans. The outcome of a Judicial Review is awaited.

17. Oxford – Cambridge Expressway

To note that there has been continued information shared relating to the Oxford – Cambridge Expressway, and the wider Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor.

18. Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring and Delivery Report

To note that the need to publish the annual update to the Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring and Delivery Report will be included in the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer and Town Clerks’ work schedules for January.