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22/01712/FUL: UYS Limited, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2BW

Meeting: 18/10/2022 - Planning - Oxford City Planning Committee (Item 46)

46 22/01712/FUL: UYS Limited, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2BW pdf icon PDF 537 KB

Site Address:

UYS Ltd, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2BW


Temporary change of use of the existing UYS Building from general industrial (Use Class B2) to storage and distribution (Use Class B8) for a period of 5 years

Reason at Committee:

The proposals are a major development


The Oxford City Planning Committee is recommended to:

1.        Approve the application for the reasons given in the report and subject to the required planning conditions set out in section 12 of this report and grant planning permission, and

2.        Agree to delegate authority to the Acting Head of Planning Services to:

·      Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report including such refinements, amendments, additions and/or deletions as the Acting Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary and issue the decision.


Additional documents:


The Committee considered an application (22/01712/FUL) for temporary change of use from general industrial use (Use Class B2) to storage and distribution (Use Class B8) for a period of 5 years at UYS Limited, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2BW.

The Planning Officer gave a presentation and highlighted the following:

·         Section 1.1.2 of the report required amendment to clarify that authority to finalise conditions and issue the decision was to be delegated to the Acting Head of Planning Services (Development Management);


·         The building was currently vacant, and had been since UYS had left the site last year.  It had been marketed since September 2020, and no occupier had yet been found.  However, the marketing summary suggested that the majority of interest was from potential Class B8 occupiers;


·         Access to the site was only via the adjacent Unipart site, via a controlled security access point;


·         The building was a large industrial structure, housing 12,173 sqm of Class B2 floor space;


·         The building remains of a high standard and was capable of use for Class B2, or other Class B uses.  Parking for 135 cars was provided on the site, and this would be unaltered by the planning application;


·         The application site was located in the overall site allocation policy for Unipart, which was covered under policy SP7 of the Oxford Local Plan.  The site allocation was permissive in principle of Class B8 uses on the Unipart site;


·         Policy E1 of the Oxford Local Plan included a caveat that B8 uses would in general only be supported on employment sites where those uses supported existing employment operations on the site or Category 1 employment sites.  It was not intended that the temporary B8 use within this proposal would be in connection with Unipart or another Category 1 employment use, and on that basis the proposal did depart from Policy E1 of the Local Plan.  However, the site allocation for Unipart did not specifically require Class B8 uses on the site to be connected with Unipart or any other Category 1 employment use;


·         The change of use would enable use by a greater range of occupiers, increasing the likelihood that the building would be brought back into operation in the near future;


·         It was estimated that Class B8 use on the site would deliver 166 jobs.  This was slightly lower than the 313 employees who had worked for UYS on the site; however, the building was currently providing no employment at all whilst it remained vacant;


·         The application was for an intervening use, as the applicant had proposals to potentially develop the rear section of the Unipart site in the future, including the UYS building.  The building would revert to its existing B2 use after the recommended 5 years temporary planning permission, and therefore the site would not be permanently lost as high generating Class B2 space;


·         There would be no significant environmental issues resulting from the change of use in terms of noise or air quality.  Whilst there was likely to be a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46