17 December 2019 – Minutes


Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee held on 17 December 2019 at 6:30pm in the Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall.

Cllrs B Austin, M Deacock, A Dite (Deputy Chairman), D Dodds, L Emery, H Fickling (Chairman), S Francis, K Gregory and T Wyse
G Markland, Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer
L Fuller, Committee Services Officer

1 Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Cllrs Cowell (Personal) and Midwinter (Council Business).

2 Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

Cllr Austin declared an interest in Agenda Item 7a) as the Chairman of East Thame Residents Association. It was noted that a general dispensation was in place to allow Cllr Austin to partake in the discussion.

3 Public Participation and Public Questions

There was no public participation.

There were no public questions put to the Committee.

4 Minutes

The Minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2019 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

5 Planning Applications

Removal of existing front and rear canopy, new glazed canopy over front door, front door moving position, new window and door openings and existing windows replaced.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies: ESDQ16
SODC Local Plan Policies: G6, D1
Core Strategy Policies: CSQ3

Single storey rear extension.
NO OBJECTIONS plus comment
Subject to no objection from the District Conservation Officer.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies: ESDQ16, ESDQ20
SODC Local Plan Policies: G6, D1, D3, D4, H13
Core Strategy Policies: CSQ3, CSEN3

P19/S4257/HH – 35 CROFT ROAD
Proposed single storey rear extension.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies: ESDQ16
SODC Local Plan Policies: G6, D1, D3, D4, H13
Core Strategy Policies: CSQ3

Conversion of garage and new single storey garden room extension.
NO OBJECTIONS plus comment
The Committee regretted the loss of the garage for its original purpose.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies: ESDQ16, ESDQ28, ESDQ29
SODC Local Plan Policies: D1, D3, D4, H13, T2
Core Strategy Policies: CSQ3

6 Reports from Town Council Representatives

a)    Transport Representative – Cllr Francis reported that from 5 January 2020, the Carousel 40 Bus route will change so that rather than serving King’s Road and Queen’s Road, the bus will stay on Kingsey Road and serve Churchill Crescent and Orchard Close bus stops.

Cllr Francis also reported that following the request from the Green Living Plan group for an additional bus stop on the A418, Cllr Francis had been in contact with the Parish Clerk of Tiddington – the parish where the proposed bus stop is situated – and have offered support with the Planning Application if required.

7 For Information

The items for information were noted.

Members raised concern over Stoford’s employment advertisement sign, which had appeared over the weekend of 30 November. The sign is currently under investigation by SODC Enforcement as it does not have planning permission. Members also expressed concern at the size and content of the sign which members felt was misleading. Whilst the Town Council was aware that Stoford would be conducting an employment needs analysis, no formal prior notification was given for this sign, which had caused upset for residents living opposite.

The NPCO explained that Stoford have a right to advertise but, particularly because of its size, the sign was potentially unlawful, which would be decided by SODC Enforcement. The NPCO agreed to write to Stoford to find out more information.

A question was also raised in relation to the enforcement action at 94 High Street? The NPCO explained that the estate agents had recently occupied the building without planning permission, this change of use from Class A1 to Class A2 would normally be acceptable under Permitted Development however as the building is within the Thame Conservation Area planning permission is required. This was another matter for SODC Enforcement.

The meeting concluded at 6:51pm.



Signed ……………………..

Chairman, 14 January 2020