26 September 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 26 September 2017

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



Graham Hunt

Clerk of the Council

Date: 20 September 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 8 August 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 Report

e) Transport Plan Working Group

f) The Community Facilities Working Groupg) The Burial Space Working Group

6. South Oxfordshire District Local Plan

Following notice of the launch of the Local Plan Publication Version consultation on 11 October 2017 to agree to reconvene the Local Plan Consultation Team (LPCT) to formulate a response to the consultation on behalf of the Town Council.  The LPCT draft response will be reported to the NPCC for agreement on 7 November 2017.

To note the Publication Version of the Plan and its supporting evidence, and the legal requirements when submitting comments against this Plan.

To note that the NPCO has agreed it would be beneficial to both parties if the Town Council’s response to the District’s Local Plan was coordinated with that of our neighbours, Haddenham Parish Council.

A brief analysis of Thame Town Council’s comments on the Preferred Options stage from the District’s consultation report is given at Appendix 6a.

A summary of what is proposed and its effect on Thame can be found at Appendix 6b.

6a. Summary of consultation report LP2033

6b. Summary of Publication Plan LP2033

7. Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan

To note that the latest version of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) has been published and if agreed by Aylesbury Vale District Council on 18 October 2017 the proposed submission plan will be published for public comment in early November.

To note that the NPCO has agreed it would be beneficial to both parties if the Town Council’s response to the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan was coordinated with that of our neighbours, Haddenham Parish Council.

8. Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places

To note that the Government has announced an eight week consultation on this paper suggesting far-ranging changes to both planning law and guidance.  It could have considerable bearing on the SODC Local Plan – closing date 9 November 2017.

9. Thame Neighbourhood Plan Revision

To note that work on the revision of the Thame Neighbourhood Plan is taking into account recent activities and announcements by South Oxfordshire and Aylesbury Vale District Councils.  The NPCO has started work on a project plan for the first activity, defining the neighbourhood plan area.

To note that we have been informed by the Clerk to Haddenham Parish Council that the Director for Transport for Buckinghamshire County Council recommended a joint Thame – Haddenham neighbourhood plan, due to the close ties the two parishes enjoy.

10. P17/S2624/PDO – Building 1 (DAF Trucks), Kingsmead Business Park, Howland Road

Change of use from offices (Class B1) to residential (Class C3) to comprise 45 flats with ancillary facilities and parking.

To note that the District Council have granted permission for the above permitted development application.

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

The erection of an Extra Care housing development (Use Class C2) comprising apartments, houses and a communal residents’ centre with basement parking and storage areas and creation of a new public open space, provision of new vehicular access from Elms Road and a new pedestrian / cycle link onto Upper High Street with associated infrastructure works and landscaping.

To note that the District Council and the applicant have both been receiving legal advice on how current the housing supply policies in the Thame Neighbourhood Plan can be considered.  If extant, the application is likely to be refused by the District.

12. P17/S2210/FUL – Land adjacent to Park Meadow Cottage

To note that Amendment No. 1 to planning application P17/S2210/FUL – The erection of 4 x 3 bedroom houses and 5 x 2 bedroom houses, car and cycle parking, bin stores, access and landscaping showing altered layout to accommodate revised waste vehicle tracking, was noted at the Planning & Environment Committee meeting on 26 September 2017 at 6.30pm.

13. Health Hub

To note that following Hallam’s unilateral commitment to establish further requirements they have met with the Rycote / Trinity / Princes Risborough medical practices.  An update will be provided by SP Broadway / Hallam’s at a meeting on 11 October 2017.

14. Cattle Market Site

To note that the NPCO has been in contact with the District Council’s Economic Development Manager regarding the Cattle Market site.  The intention is for the District and Thame Farmers Auction Mart to meet soon about their proposed plans.

15. Affordable Housing / Community Land Trust

To note that following approval at Full Council on 15 August 2017 to set up a Community Land Trust Working Group, work is progressing with the intention of holding the first meeting as soon as is practically possible.

16. Site Allocation Discussions

Following the lifting of the moratorium to note that meetings with Cala (26/9/17), TFAM (3/10/17), Hallam Land (11/10/17) and TSS (to be confirmed) have been requested to hear their latest proposals.

17. Neighbourhood Plan Support

Given Thame’s reputation for Neighbourhood Planning, and it’s ever increasing experience in life beyond the adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan, to note that:

a) The Neighbourhood Plan Manager at Wallingford Town Council contacted the NPCO to ask about the role of the NPCO.  Wallingford is looking at what happens, post adoption of their Neighbourhood Plan.

b) The Town Clerk and Councillor Dyer will again be briefing University of Gloucestershire students on the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.