22 May 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 22 May 2018

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


Graham Hunt
Clerk of the Council

Date: 16 May 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 Meetings held on 13 March 2018 and 8 May 2018.

Minutes – 13 March 2018

Minutes – 8 May 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
e) Transport Plan Working Group
f) The Community Facilities Working Group
g) The Burial Space Working Group

5d. Market Town Co-Ordinator Update – 22-05-18

6 Thame Neighbourhood Plan Revision

To note that background work continues on establishing the best route forward re Neighbourhood Plan revision, all in a period of continued uncertainty. Initiatives include the workshop at the Annual Town Meeting, information sharing with John Howell MP, sessions with others in a similar boat (Henley & Harpsden / Woodcote / Sonning Common / Buckingham) along with meetings with various Land Agents / Owners / Developers. The existence of a 5.4 year land supply and the delays in the Local Plan have reduced the urgency. A meeting of the Local Plan Consultation Team on 12 June 2018 will endeavour to propose a way forward.

7. South Oxfordshire District Local Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer continues to share commentary on progress towards the adoption a new Local Plan. To share any other relevant updates.

8. National Planning Policy Framework

To note the response provided by the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer to the recent consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework.

8. TTC_consultation_response_NPPF_10052018

9. Oxford – Cambridge Expressway

To note and share comment on any additional information established since the last Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Committee meeting, including the update following the meeting at Beckley Village Hall on 3 May 2018.

10. Affordable Housing / Community Land Trust

To note and share comment on any additional information established since the last Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Committee meeting, including feedback following the CLT Stage 1 Scoping exercise with Charlie Fisher from the Oxfordshire Community Land Trust on 30 April 2018.

11. Other Items to Note

a) To note that further face to face / e-mail discussions have been held with Westhall Estates / Rectory Homes / Cala Homes / Castle Family with regard to potential employment / residential / infrastructure development sites.

b) To note that support has been given to other organisations based on Thame’s expertise, including to University of Gloucester / Watlington / Aston Clinton / Bovey Tracey / Bishops Stortford.

c) To note that a further meeting was held with Lord Williams’s School to brief their chosen viability consultants.

d) To note that pre-application proposals from Hallam Land re a potential Health Hub for Thame are imminent.

e) To note that the Appeal by Churchill Retirement Living Ltd on the Thames Valley Police site that was rescheduled to 16/17 May has been further postponed.

f) To note that the Planning & Environment Committee recommended that Persimmon’s application to remove windows from various units be refused. It is disappointing that the hard work in getting the development right was being undermined.

g) To note that discussions have been held with the new (developer) owners of Park Meadow Farm House, to make clear the Town Council’s view that the allocation for Site D has been exhausted.

h) To note that the Council meeting on 8 May 2018 recommended that the planning application for a Care Home at Kingsmead Business Park be refused. The full response is attached and will be published on the planning portal.

11h. Letter SODC P18S1243 Daf Trucks Ltd Eastern Bypass OX9 3FB

i) To note that a response to the consultation on the SODC Sports and Leisure Strategy has been submitted, albeit after the closing date.

11i. SODC Sports Leisure Strategy 2033 TTC response Final

j) To note that SODC circulated a useful Planning Report on 16 April 2018 – including useful statistics on representation of Parish Councils at SODC Planning Committee meetings.

11j. SODC Portfolio Holder Report_April 2018