14 April 2015 – Minutes


Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee held on 14 April 2015 at 6.30pm In the Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall.
Cllrs D Butler, N Champken-Woods, A Dite, N Dixon (Deputy Mayor), D Dodds, H Fickling (Chairman), D Laver and M Stiles

Non Voting

Cllr Emery


G Hunt, Town Clerk

A Oughton, Committee Services Officer

1 Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Humphries (Holiday) and Matelot Green (Business).

2 Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

3 Public Participation

There was no public participation.

4 Minutes

The Minutes of the meeting held on 31 March 2015 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

5 Planning Applications 

Single storey porch extension


Neighbourhood Plan Policies: ESDQ16

SODC Local Plan Policies: D1, H13

Core Strategy Policies: CSQ3

Cllr Laver entered the meeting

6 Land at The Elms, 32 Upper High Street


The response from Oxfordshire County Council to the consultation had been made available to Members following deferment of discussion on this item at the Full Council meeting held on 7 April 2015.

It was felt the relocation of the vehicular access to the development was incredibly close to the bend where Elms Road and Broadwaters Avenue met which could result in traffic problems.  However, in view of the fact that the County Council’s Transport Officer had raised no objections a recommendation of approval would be made to the District Council.



7 Street Name

The District Street Naming and Numbering Officer had raised concerns that the suggested name Cotmore Wells Road for the new street off the Eastern Bypass, that would serve the industrial units, would lead to confusion with existing streets in the area named Cotmore Gardens and Cotmore Close.

After discussion it was thought highly unlikely that the suggested name for the new street would lead to vehicles arriving at the wrong destination and that there were a number of streets with similar names in the Town, for example Kings Close, Kings Road, Queens Close and Queens Road.


  1. Cotmore Wells Road be recommended as the name for the new street off the Eastern Bypass that would serve the industrial units.

8 Street Names – Site C

It was agreed to recommend to the District Street Naming and Numbering Officer that the names for the new streets on the Site C residential development be named after Abbots of Thame Abbey.

9 Reports from Town Council Representatives

a)    Transport Representative – Cllr Stiles reported there was no further information to present since the last report.  The next meeting of the Transport Representatives Group would take place on 20 May 2015.

10 For Information

The items for information were noted.

The meeting concluded at 7.01pm


Signed ……………………..

Chairman, 28 April 2015


Subsequent to the meeting it was informally agreed:

a)    That a submission be made in relation to the 8 Queens Road Appeal, based on information submitted at the District Planning meeting.

b)    That Cllr Stiles would also represent the Council for The Elm Park discussion at the District Planning meeting on 22 April 2015.