Agenda and draft minutes
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Declarations of Interest
Cllr Brandt – as a signatory to the call-in stated that she came to the meeting with an open mind, would consider the arguments and weigh the relevant facts before coming to a decision.
Cllr Gant – as a signatory to the call-in stated that he came to the meeting with an open mind, would consider the arguments and weigh the relevant facts before coming to a decision.
Site address: Seacourt Park And Ride, Botley Road, Oxford
Proposal: Extension to the existing Seacourt Park and Ride to accommodate new car parking, a single storey building to provide a waiting area and toilets for customers, cycle parking, lighting, CCTV, ticket machines, new pedestrian and cycle access, landscaping together with reorganisation of the layout of existing car parking spaces, repositioning of turning circle, bus pickup and drop-off and other works incidental to the development. (additional information)
Reason at Committee: This application was determined at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 12 December 2017. That decision has been called-in to the Planning Review Committee by Councillors Cook, Pressel, Fooks, Malik, Simmons, Brandt, Gant, Wade, Goddard, Wilkinson, Altaf-Khan and Wolff.
The Planning Review Committee is recommended to:
(a) Approve the application for the reasons given in the report and subject to:
1. Decision subject to confirmation from the Secretary of State that the application is not required to be ‘called in’ in accordance with The Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009;
(b) Agree to delegate authority to the Head of Planning, Sustainable Development and Regulatory Services to:
1. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in section 11 of the committee report in appendix 1 including such refinements, amendments, additions and/or deletions as the Head of Planning, Sustainable Development and Regulatory Services considers reasonably necessary.
Adrian Rosser made a video recording of parts of the discussion of this item.
The Committee considered an application (16/02745/CT3) from the City Council for planning permission for an extension to the existing Seacourt Park and Ride to accommodate new car parking spaces, a single storey building to provide a waiting area and toilets for customers, cycle parking, lighting, CCTV, ticket machines, new pedestrian and cycle access, landscaping together with reorganisation of the layout of existing car parking spaces, repositioning of turning circle, bus pickup and drop-off and other works incidental to the development.
On 13 December 2017 the West Area Planning Committee determined to approve the application. This decision had been called-in to the Planning Review Committee on grounds that: the decision to approve the application on the Chair’s casting vote did not take sufficient account of the fact that the application is not compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework and does not constitute ‘essential infrastructure’ as it will not remain operational and safe for users in times of flood as required by National Planning Policy Guidance.
The Planning Officer gave a detailed presentation which illustrated the key points made in the report regarding:
The Planning Officer referred the Committee to the report which set out a detailed assessment of the application against the relevant national and local development plan policies, including the National Planning Policy Framework. The Planning Officer said that, for the reasons set out in the report, officers remained convinced that the application did constitute “essential transport infrastructure” as Oxford’s park and ride system is an integral part of the city’s transport policy and the Oxford Core Strategy and Local Plan have a presumption in favour of maintaining the role of park and ride sites including providing additional capacity.
The Planning Officer clarified that Highways England had raised no objections to the application.
In reference to an email that had been sent to members of the Planning Review Committee by the Mid-Counties Co-operative the Planning Officer explained that the Mid-Counties Co-operative site was not considered a viable alternative primarily because it forms an important part of the Oxford Flood Alliance Scheme. The Environment Agency had confirmed that they were looking to use Compulsory Purchase powers to secure the land in the event they are unable to work with the landowner. The use of this space for park and ride would compromise those plans which would have significant public benefits for the city as a whole. This would conflict with the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework which seeks to safeguard land that is required for future flood management.
The Chair increased the speaking time to 12 minutes for both sides to allow all speakers adequate time.
Adrian Rosser (local resident), Debbie Dance (Oxford Preservation Trust), Liz Sawyer (Oxford Flood Alliance), and Councillor Colin Cook (ward councillor and member of West Area Planning Committee) spoke against the application.
Caroline Green (Oxford City Council, applicant), Michael Lowndes (WYG, ... view the full minutes text for item 41.
To approve as a true and accurate record the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2017.
The Committee resolved to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2017.
Date of Future Meetings
The Committee noted the dates of the scheduled meetings.