8 November 2016 – 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 – L Emery (Town Mayor) and N Dixon (Deputy Mayor)

To:             All other Members for information

VENUE:  Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall

DATE:     Tuesday 8 November 2016

TIME:      7.30 pm (maximum two hours)


Graham Hunt
Clerk of the Council

Date: 2 November 2016



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 27 September 2016.


5. Working Groups

To receive a verbal 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) The Transport Plan Working Group
f) The Community Facilities Working Group
g) The Burial Space Working Group

6. Neighbourhood Plan / SODC

To receive an update on current discussions on the protection given by a Neighbourhood Plan when there is a lack of five year land supply at Planning Authority level.


Email to Paula Fox, SODC

SODC Response to Thame Town Council

7. Neighbourhood Plan Amendment Process / Life beyond a Neighbourhood Plan

To receive an update on the Neighbourhood Plan Amendment Process.


NALC Briefing on Neighbourhood Plans

Response to Neighbourhood Planning Regulations

8. Affordable Housing

To receive an update on the work of the sub-group in relation to the actual allocation of affordable housing within Thame.


Affordable Housing Statement

9. Employment Land provision in Thame

To receive an initial update on employment land provision in Thame


10. Intensification of Site D

To note that the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer sent SODC a letter (attached) informing them of our complete rejection of Persimmon’s proposal to increase the number of houses they build on land west of Thame Park Road. The letter was sent in response to Persimmon submitting a pre-application to SODC, further to their recent screening opinion. The NPCO highlighted concerns around cramming and poor relationship with the surrounding countryside and publicly accessible open space.

Letter to Head of Planning at SODC

11. Developer Approaches

Further to the resolution on Developer Meetings by the Committee on 27 September 2016, to note that two further developer approaches have been received. The “no meeting policy” was explained to both.

12. 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 relevant Officers / Councillors have been invited to present to three different audiences before Christmas:
* South Hams Neighbourhood Planning Workshop
* Oxford Brooks University
* SLCC Berkshire Branch

13. Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring and Delivery Report / Newsletter

To note that since the last meeting of the Committee, some further progress has been made on drafting the required updates to the Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring and Delivery Report as last published in January 2016, but given the scale of reactive work undertaken in the same period, that the report is not yet ready for review. It seems likely that it will need to be called the annual update this time.

14. Market Town Co-ordinator

To note that Becky Reid commenced employment as Market Town Co-Ordinator on 1 November 2016, working a fully flexible 21 hours per week. Induction is underway. It is expected that Becky will provide reports on progress and plans to this Committee on a 6 weekly basis.