Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

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45.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Cook stated that as a Council appointed trustee for the Oxford Preservation Trust and as a member of the Oxford Civic Society he had taken no part in those organisations’ discussions or decision making regarding the applications before the Committee.  He said that he was approaching all of the applications with an open mind, would listen to all the arguments and weigh up all the relevant facts before coming to a decision.

Councillor Upton stated that as a Council appointed trustee for the Oxford Preservation Trust and as a member of the Oxford Civic Society, she had taken no part in those organisations’ discussions or decision making regarding the applications before the Committee.  She said that she was approaching all of the applications with an open mind, would listen to all the arguments and weigh up all the relevant facts before coming to a decision.

Councillor Gotch stated that as a member of the Oxford Preservation Trust and as a member of the Oxford Civic Society, he had taken no part in those organisations’ discussions or decision making regarding the applications before the Committee.  He said that he was approaching all of the applications with an open mind, would listen to all the arguments and weigh up all the relevant facts before coming to a decision.

Councillor Wade stated that as a member of the Oxford Civic Society, she had taken no part in those organisations’ discussions or decision making regarding the applications before the Committee and that she was approaching the applications with an open mind, would listen to all the arguments and weigh up all the relevant facts before coming to a decision.

46.

20/01156/FUL: 178-184, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4RA pdf icon PDF 518 KB

Site address:                  178-184, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4RA     

 

Proposal:                        Demolition of existing hotel. Erection of a three storey 43no. bedroom hotel (use class C1) and creation of 1no. 2 bedroom dwelling (use class C3). Provision of vehicular and cycle parking and bin storage (amended description).   

 

Recommendation:

The West Area Planning Committee is recommended to:

1.     refuse the application for the reasons considered fully in the report; and

2.     agree to delegate authority to the Head of Planning Services to:

·       finalise the recommended reasons for refusing the application as set out in the report including such refinements, amendments, additions and/or deletions as the Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary.

The reasons for refusal are as follows:

1.     The proposed scale, massing, height and use of inappropriate materials would fail to respond appropriately to the existing character, form, scale and massing of the surrounding area. The large expanse of flat roof would impose a jarring, box-like form against the existing interesting and attractive variety of roof forms and prominent gable ends along Abingdon Road. The proposed development would therefore be detrimental to the character and context of the site, the visual amenity of the area and streetscene. Furthermore, the proposed development would not contribute positively to the existing roofscape and is likely to impact on long distance views from Hinksey Hill view cone, however sufficient analysis has not been provided. As such, the proposal would be in conflict with policies DH1 and DH2 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036.

2.     The increased height, overall scale of development and distance from neighbouring dwellings, particularly to the west, would create an unacceptable overbearing impact on neighbours to the south and west. Due to the close proximity of the proposed development to neighbouring dwellings, a number of the proposed rear and side bedroom and stairwell windows would lead to unacceptable overlooking or perceived overlooking. The 45 and 25 degree lines would be contravened when applied to the nearest habitable windows of no. 178 Abingdon Road. The proposed development would therefore lead to an unacceptable impact on the daylight/ sunlight to this property. The proposed development would create an unacceptable impact on neighbouring amenity, in conflict with policies RE7 and H14 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036.

3.     Having had regard to the proposals being situated in a high flood risk area and the proposals being for a more vulnerable use, insufficient information has been submitted, in particular the application is deficient in its failure to provide a comprehensive flood warning and evacuation plan in accordance with policy RE3 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036 and paragraphs 163 of the NPPF.

4.     The proposed increase in vehicular parking provision within this highly sustainable location would not accord with the requirements of policy M3 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036. The cycle parking provision is acceptable in terms of quantity but the proposed location is not considered practical in accordance with policy M5 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036. The proposed development is therefore not  ...  view the full agenda text for item 46.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered an application (20/01156/FUL) for planning permission for the demolition of the existing hotel; erection of a three storey 43no. bedroom hotel (use class C1) and creation of 1no. 2 bedroom dwelling (use class C3); provision of vehicular and cycle parking and bin storage (amended description).

The Planning Officer presented the report and gave the following verbal updates:

·       Paragraph 4.1 of the committee report, stated that the CIL amount payable would be £112,669.12 which was incorrect.  The correct figure was £27,129.21.

  • On 6 November an amended evacuation plan was received from the applicant, however the detail of the amended evacuation plan, which included a proposal that in the absence of a flood warning, guests would seek refuge on upper floors was considered to be unacceptable as it would place an additional burden on the emergency services. So that reason for refusal remained.

 

Abigail Lloyd, representing the Oxford Architectural & Historical Society and Nikki Spencer, a local resident representing a local group (PALS) spoke against the application. 

The Committee acknowledged all of the arguments presented in the report and noted the objections raised by the public speakers.

The Committee supported the principle of a replacement hotel on the application site but concluded that the details of the specific application before them were not acceptable.

The Committee noted the concerns raised by the public speakers regarding the protection of the Victorian buildings on the application site and was mindful of the advice from the planning officers that this might be possible through their inclusion on the local Heritage Asset Register.

After debate and on being proposed, seconded and put to the vote, the Committee agreed with the officer’s recommendation to refuse the application.

The West Area Planning Committee resolved to:

1.     refuse the application for the reasons listed below; and

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

·       finalise the recommended reasons for refusing the application as set out in the report including such refinements, amendments, additions and/or deletions as the Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary.

3.     Reasons for refusal:

a)    The proposed scale, massing, height and use of inappropriate materials would fail to respond appropriately to the existing character, form, scale and massing of the surrounding area. The large expanse of flat roof would impose a jarring, box-like form against the existing interesting and attractive variety of roof forms and prominent gable ends along Abingdon Road. The proposed development would therefore be detrimental to the character and context of the site, the visual amenity of the area and streetscene. Furthermore, the proposed development would not contribute positively to the existing roofscape and is likely to impact on long distance views from Hinksey Hill view cone, however sufficient analysis has not been provided. As such, the proposal would be in conflict with policies DH1 and DH2 of the Oxford Local Plan 2036.

b)    The increased height, overall scale of development and distance from neighbouring dwellings, particularly to the west, would create an unacceptable overbearing impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.

47.

20/01314/FUL: Unit 1 & Unit 2, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0HA pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Site address:                   Unit 1 & Unit 2, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0HA

 

Proposal:                        External and internal alterations to provide single Class A1 retail use (amalgamation of Units 1 and 2), new shop front, insertion of mezzanine floor, erection of sprinkler tanks and pump house, siting of chiller and cold storage units, limited variation in permitted range of goods to enable sale of food and drink from up to 250 sq.m. net for consumption off the premises, provision of ancillary garden centre and cafe.  

 

Recommendation:

The West Area 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 the report and grant planning permission; and

2.     agree to delegate authority to the Head of Planning Services to:

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

·       Finalise the recommended legal agreement or unilateral undertaking under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other enabling powers as set out in the report, including refining, adding to, amending and/or deleting the obligations detailed in the heads of terms set out in the report (including to dovetail with and where appropriate, reinforce the final conditions and informatives to be attached to the planning permission) as the Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary; and

·       complete the section 106 legal agreement referred to above and issue the planning permission.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered an application (20/01314/FUL) for planning permission for external and internal alterations to provide single Class A1 retail use (amalgamation of Units 1 and 2), new shop front, insertion of mezzanine floor, erection of sprinkler tanks and pump house, siting of chiller and cold storage units, limited variation in permitted range of goods to enable sale of food and drink from up to 250 sq.m. net for consumption off the premises, provision of ancillary garden centre and cafe.

The Planning Officer presented the report and made the following verbal updates:

·         All references in the report should be to an on-site café

·         The Council’s Flood Officer had spotted an omission of any reference to a sprinkler tank and pump room in the documentation and a new condition to require the flood risk assessment to be updated was recommended

·         Proposed removal of Conditions 10 and 11

·         The technical information that had been requested by Thames Water would be dealt with at building regulations stage.

 

The Committee noted the planning officers’ advice that although this was classed as a major development it was primarily about changes to the interior of the existing buildings and that there was minimal change to the external landscaping and footprint of the buildings. Therefore it would be unreasonable and disproportionate to seek to impose conditions which required improvements to the existing flood risk mitigation under Local Plan Policy RE3.

The Committee expressed reservations about the removal of Conditions 10 and 11 and noted that the objections raised by the County Council, as the lead Flood Authority statutory consultee, were still in place.

In light of these concerns, and notwithstanding the planning officers’ advice that this was a matter of professional judgement on the part of the flood experts,   the Committee considered the merits of a deferral of the application to seek further information from the County Council on this matter.

A proposal to defer the application to enable further consultation on matters pertaining to drainage and surface water run-off was moved and seconded.

On being put to the vote, the West Area Planning Committee resolved to defer consideration of application 20/01314/FUL for the following reason:

To enable further consultation on matters pertaining to drainage and surface water run-off between Oxford City Council as the Local Planning Authority and Oxfordshire County Council as the Lead Flood Authority consultee.

48.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 398 KB

Recommendation: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2020 as a true and accurate record.

 

Minutes:

The Committee resolved to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2020 as a true and accurate record.

49.

Forthcoming applications

Items currently expected to be considered by the committee at future meetings are listed for information. This is not a definitive list and applications may be added or removed at any point. These are not for discussion at this meeting.

 

Application

Reason at Committee

19/00608/FUL: Jurys Inn, Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL

 

19/02306/FUL: Castle Hill House, 9 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1LT

 

19/02307/LBC : Castle Hill House, 9 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1LT

 

19/02601/FUL: Frewin Quad, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH

 

20/00549/LBC: Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

 

19/02815/FUL: Land Between 45 And 51 Hill Top Road, Oxford,

Called in

19/02816/FUL: Land Between 45 And 51 Hill Top Road, Oxford,

19/02926/FUL: Land Adjacent The Old School, Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 2BU

 

19/02723/FUL: 20 Blenheim Drive, Oxford, OX2 8DG

 

20/00747/VAR: The White Rabbit, 21 Friars Entry, Oxford, OX1 2BY

 

20/01337/FUL: Site Of Millway Close, Oxford, OX2 8BJ

 

20/01567/FUL: 7-9 Blue Boar Street, Oxford, OX1 4EE

 

20/01276/FUL: Land At Jericho Canal Side And Community Centre, 33A Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BX

 

20/01277/LBC: Land At Jericho Canal Side And Community Centre, 33A Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BX

 

20/00994/CT3: East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

 

2001298/CT3: East Oxford Games Hall, 5 Collins Street, Oxford, OX4 1XS

 

20/02480/FUL: 1-5 Broad Street And 31 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3AG

 

20/02434/VAR: Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford,OX2 6SS

 

20/02471/FUL: Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS

 

20/02303/FUL Peacock House, Baynhams Drive, Oxford, OX2 8FN

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the list of forthcoming applications.

50.

Dates of future meetings

Future meetings of the Committee are scheduled on:

 

2020

2021

8 December

19 January

 

9 February

 

9 March

13 April

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the dates of future meetings.