5 November 2019 – Agenda



TO: All Members of the Planning and Environment Committee

Cllrs B Austin, M Deacock, A Dite (Deputy Chairman), D Dodds, L Emery, H Fickling (Chairman), S Francis, K Gregory and T Wyse

Ex Officio (Voting) Members – A Midwinter (Town Mayor) and P Cowell (Deputy Mayor)

To all other Members for information

VENUE: Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall

DATE: Tuesday 5 November 2019

TIME:  6.30 pm (maximum one hour)


Graham Hunt

Clerk of the Council

Date: 30 October 2019



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 To approve the Minutes of the Planning & Environment Meeting held on 15 October 2019.

5 Planning Applications

Erection of bungalow following demolition of garage.

P19/S3109/FUL – 15 BELL LANE
Conversion and alteration of double garage to form an office.

Alter/replace existing conservatory to form garden room with tiled roof and new window and doors.

Replacement with a rear/side single storey extension.

Erection of single storey and two storey extensions to the front, side and rear, incorporating rear first floor terrace.

Proposed garage conversion, fenestration alterations and hard landscaping amendments.

Proposed retention and continued use of prefabricated classroom unit T1 (E177) for a further temporary period of five years.

6 BT Payphone Kiosk Removal Consultation

BT have commenced a formal consultation process regarding their current programme of intended public payphone removals. There are currently two public payphones identified in the Parish of Thame located at Churchill Crescent and Moreton Road in Moreton.

To consider making a formal response to the consultation.

Report – BT Payphone Consultation

7 Proposed Stopping Up of Highway at 29 Roundhead Drive

The Secretary of State makes The Stopping Up of Highway (South East) Order 201 in exercise of powers under section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The highways to be stopped up is at Thame in the District of South Oxfordshire, shown on the plan and is an irregular shaped area of highway which lies to the rear of no. 29 Roundhead Drive. It commences 10.5 metres south east of the south western boundary of no. 29 Roundhead Drive extending in a south westerly direction for a distance of 15.5 metres and having a maximum width of 13.7 metres when measured along its western boundary.

To consider a response to the Order.

Report – 29 Roundhead Drive

8 Reports from Town Council Representatives

a)    Transport Representative – Cllr Francis

9 For Information

a)    APP/Q3115/W/19/3228431 – Appeal Decision – Land at The Elms – The erection of a ‘Housing with Care’ development (Use Class C2) and a communal residents centre; the creation of new public open space; the provision of new pedestrian/cycle links from Upper High Street to Elms Road and Elms Park; repairs and alterations to the boundary walls and entrance of Elms House; and associated infrastructure works and landscaping.

To note the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the appeal made by Rectory Homes Ltd and FirstPort Retirement Property Services Ltd against the decision by SODC to refuse to grant planning permission.

b)    P19/S2720/FUL – Amendment No. 1 – Unit 5 Goodson Industrial Mews – Redevelopment of an office building (Class B1(a)) to provide eight 2-bed apartments (Class C3) with associated access and landscaping works and the provision of access and landscaping improvements to office/industrial units. (as amended by additional supporting information regarding highway issues received 14 October 2019).

To note that having reviewed the amendment it is the Officer’s view that it would remove one of the Town Council’s Objections relating to the size of the parking spaces, subject to no objections from the County Highways Officer.

The other four objections made by Thame Town Council relating to loss of employment land; insufficient natural light; inadequate external amenity space; and that the proposals do not relate well to their site and surroundings of continuing commercial use, all still apply and are not altered by this amendment. The Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer will write to the Planning Officer to reiterate the Town Council’s comments and current position.

c)    P18/S3162/FUL – Milton House, Station Yard – Erection of a second floor roof extension to the building, providing a further two flats (Amendments to the application received 1st August 2019, reducing the size of the proposed extension, adding the previously approved first floor balcony and demarcating the parking spaces).

To note the District Planning Committee will consider this application on Wednesday 6 November 2019. The District Planning Officer’s recommendation to Committee is to grant permission. As agreed at the Planning & Environment Committee held on 6 November 2018 the Town Council objected on the grounds of: Overbearing / Loss of light; Unneighbourly / Overlooking; Overdevelopment; Poor design; Poor internal and external amenity space for future occupiers;  Adverse impact on the character of the area / not in keeping; Adverse impact on the amenity of residents in Thame Park Road and Chinnor Road through the scale and bulk of the development; Highway safety / traffic generation; Inadequate parking provision resulting in on street parking and Adverse impact on the adjacent footpath. Amendment No.1 was noted on 2 April 2019 and did not change the committee’s recommendation to Object.

The Town Council has been invited to attend and decisions on representations are being progressed via email.

d)    P19/S3167/LDP – 53 Queens Road – Certificate of Lawful use for the formation of habitable room in roofspace with rear dormer. The Local Planning Authority has stated it is unable to take any comments but if any Councillor has specific concerns please be prepared to raise them in the meeting.

e)    P19/S1596/FUL – Amendment No.3 – Park Meadow Cottage – Erection of two 2-bed dwellings and four 3-bed dwellings (additional tracking information received 17 October 2019).

To note that having reviewed the amendment it is the Officer’s view that it would not alter the Town Council’s Objections of; overdevelopment, failure to provide affordable housing in line with recognised need, failure to provide a Thame-specific Affordable Housing and Dwelling Mix Strategy, out of character with the area and failure to identify bicycle parking.

f)     P19/S2992/LB and P19/S2994/FUL – Amendment Nos.1 and 2 – 13 Upper High Street (Amended plans received 18 October 2019) (Amended Noise Impact Assessment Technical Report received 21 October 2019).

To note that having reviewed these amendments it is the Officer’s view that they would not alter the Town Council’s recommendation of No Objections.

g)    Road Closure Notice – Chinnor Road, Towersey (diversion via Howland Road, Thame) – 13 November 2019, 8am to 4pm.

h)   To note registration of an existing residential dwelling address known as: Ridgeway, Bridge Terrace, Thame.

i)     APP/Q3115/D/19/3233530 – Appeal Decision – 60 High Street – Formation of dropped kerb and removal of wall to create parking space.

To note the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the appeal made by Mr William Blyth against the decision by SODC to refuse to grant planning permission.

j)      Road Closure Notice – High Street (between Priest End and Bell Lane) – 11 to 15 November 2019, 8pm to 6am to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.