Agenda and minutes

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81.

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 Diggins stated that as she would be speaking on applications 20/01276/FUL and 20/01277/LBC during the public slot, and had expressed a view, she would recuse herself from the Committee whilst these applications were considered.

Councillor Wade stated that as a member of the Oxford Civic Society she had taken no part in that organisation’s 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.

82.

20/01276/FUL: Land At Jericho Canal Side And Community Centre, 33A Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BX pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Site Address:

Land At Jericho, Canal Side, And Community Centre 33A Canal Street, Oxford

Proposal:

Demolition of existing structures and garages, redevelopment to provide mixed residential, community centre and boatyard uses, including associated works for the provision of new public realm, ramped access to the Church and works to the Oxford Canal

Reason at Committee:

The proposal is a major development

Recommendation:

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 subject to:

·       receipt of further updated bat surveys and details of mitigation and enhancement measures as necessary;

·       the satisfactory completion of a unilateral undertaking and a legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other enabling powers to secure the planning obligations set out in the recommended heads of terms which are set out in this report; and

2.             agree to delegate authority to the 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 Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary; and

·       finalise the recommended legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other enabling powers as set out in this report, including refining, adding to, amending and/or deleting the obligations detailed in the heads of terms set out in this 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 unilateral undertaking and section 106 legal agreement referred to above and issue the planning permission.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Diggins withdrew from the committee table whilst this application was considered.

The Committee considered an application 20/01276/FUL for the demolition of existing structures and garages, redevelopment to provide mixed residential, community centre and boatyard uses, including associated works for the provision of new public realm, ramped access to the Church and works to the Oxford Canal.

The Planning Officer gave a presentation on both the planning application and the associated listed building application and provided the following updates:

·       The officer’s report contained some minor typographical errors – notably ‘pizza’ for ‘piazza’ and ‘comprise’ instead of ‘compromise’ at paragraphs 10.73 and 10.79.

 

·       Some relevant planning history had been omitted; the planning history which was set out in the associated Listed Building Consent report also applied to the full application.  However, both planning histories had omitted a previous outline approval in 2009 for a community centre in the same location which had been granted in 2010.

 

·       The Highways Authority had removed its objection which had been based around the provision of three sub-standard car parking spaces.  The amended plans before the Committee showed those spaces as lost and replaced by one.

 

·       There are bats on site, and regard was needed to the likelihood of a Natural England licence being granted.  Officers were of the view that the three tests required by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 would be met and that it was likely that a licence would be granted.  Updated bat surveys would be required in the event of approval.

 

·       For clarity in terms of amenity for future occupiers, the internal space was sufficient in accordance with Policy H15.  Whilst the external spaces were considered to be a low level provision, the proximity of the site to the towpath and Port Meadows was a material consideration and was considered to mitigate the small amenity space provided.  Therefore, the proposal accorded with policy H16.

The Planning Officer highlighted that the site was constrained, of an unusual shape and involved a number of landowners, all of which presented challenges.  It had been allocated for mixed use in the Local Plan and the principle of the proposal was considered acceptable.

Dr Phyllis Starkey, David Feeny and David Edwards, on behalf of the Jericho Wharf Trust, spoke against the application.

Councillor Lizzy Diggins spoke against the application.

George Taylor, resident, spoke against the application.

Oliver Holland, applicant, spoke in favour of the application.

The Committee’s discussion included the following points:

·       No affordable housing was included as part of the proposal, nor any contribution to affordable housing elsewhere off-site.  Officers considered that the independent viability assessment had been robust and had demonstrated that the proposed development was not viable to provide affordable housing.  Mitigation would be provided by way of a review mechanism secured by a S106 legal agreement, which would secure a 60% proportion of any surplus profit as a contribution to affordable housing in the City.  The Committee considered that this was not guaranteed, but was contingent on profits which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 82.

83.

20/01277/LBC: Land At Jericho Canal Side And Community Centre, 33A Canal Street, Oxford, OX2 6BX pdf icon PDF 729 KB

Site Address:

Land At Jericho, Canal Side, Oxford

Proposal:

Construction of a ramp and steps to the south-west elevation of the church and demolition of curtilage boundary walls to south-west

Reason at Committee:

The application is part of the Jericho Boatyard proposals, known as ‘Land At Jericho, Canal Side, And Community Centre 33A Canal Street, Oxford’, being a major development: 20/01276/FUL - Demolition of existing structures and garages, redevelopment to provide mixed residential, community centre and boatyard uses, including associated works for the provision of new public realm, ramped access to St Barnabas Church and works to the Canal

Recommendation:

The Oxford City Planning Committee is recommended to:

1.     approve the application for the reasons considered fully in this report and subject to the conditions set out in section 11 of this report; and

2.     delegate authority to the 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 Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary; and

·      issue the listed building consent.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Diggins withdrew from the committee table whilst this application was considered.

The Planning Officer amended the recommendation to require that any consent granted be subject also to the completion of the section 106 agreement referred to in the recommendation for the associated planning application.

The Committee considered an application (20/01277/LBC) for the construction of a ramp and steps to the south-west elevation of the church and demolition of curtilage boundary walls to the south-west.

The associated full planning application 20/01276/FUL having been refused, it was agreed that the Listed Building Consent application should also be refused on the basis that the harm identified was only justified by the main associated development and outweighed the public benefits derived thereof and after being proposed, seconded and put to the vote it was agreed that it should be refused on that basis.

The Oxford City Planning Committee resolved to:

1.    Delegate authority to the Head of Planning Services to:

 

·       Finalise the recommended reasons for refusing the listed building consent including such refinements, amendments, additions and / or deletions as the Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary; and

 

·       Refuse the listed building application.

84.

21/02580/FUL: Marston Paddock, Butts Lane, Oxford, OX3 0QN pdf icon PDF 691 KB

Site Address:

Marston Paddock, Butts Lane, Oxford OX3 0QN

Proposal:

Full planning permission for residential (Class C3), access arrangements and public open space, landscaping, associated infrastructure and works including pedestrian and cycle routes

Reason at Committee:

The proposal is a major development

Recommendation:

The Oxford City Planning Committee is recommended to:

1.             delegate authority to the Head of Planning Services toapprove the application for the reasons given in the report subject to the required planning conditions set out in section 12 of this report and subject to approval of the final drainage strategy from the Local Lead Flood Authority; in addition to the satisfactory completion of a legal agreement under Section.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other enabling powers to secure the planning obligations set out in the recommended heads of terms which are set out in this report; and

2.             agree to delegate authority to the 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 Head of Planning Services considers reasonably necessary; and

·       Agree any subsequent minor revisions to the site wide drainage strategy in consultation with relevant consultees including the Local Lead Flood Authority;

·       Finalise the recommended legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other enabling powers as set out in this report, including refining, adding to, amending and/or deleting the obligations detailed in the heads of terms set out in this 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 (21/02580/FUL) for full planning permission for a proposed development comprising 40 dwellings (Use Class C3), access arrangements and public open space, landscaping, associated infrastructure and works including pedestrian and cycle routes at Marston Paddock, Butts Lane.

The Planning Officer gave a presentation and made the following updates:

·      Sections 10.34 and 10.46 of the officer’s report referred to Paragraph 193 of the NPPF.  This should read Paragraph 199, which was the correct policy to consider in the context of assessing significance in relation to heritage assets;

 

·      Oxfordshire County Council had advised that it no longer intended to object to the development following the submission of the applicant’s surface water drainage strategy.  This was subject to two drainage conditions, which were listed in the conditions list.  Accordingly, the recommendations at 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 were to be amended to reflect that approval was no longer subject to further consultation with the Local Lead Flood Authority.

 

·      In relation to paragraph 10.13, which stated a definitive time when the First Homes policy would start to apply, a wider interpretation was being taken of the wording of the written ministerial statement around the meaning of determination and the transitional arrangements, which could enable a longer time before First Homes applies.

The Planning Officer summarised that the proposal represented development on an allocated site which would exceed the number of units required under the site policy, including 20 affordable units.  It was considered that the proposals were well designed and complied with the wider aims of the Local Plan. The low level of less than substantial harm to the Conservation Area would be demonstrably outweighed by the public benefits of the development, and the proposal was therefore recommended for approval subject to conditions and to the measures to be secured through the S106 agreement as outlined in the report.

Ian Ashcroft, agent, spoke in favour of the application.

The Committee’s discussion included the following points:

·        The access via Butts Lane was single track and would be shared for vehicles, pedestrians and cycles.  Oxfordshire County Council had considered that separate arrangements were not required due to predicted low vehicle speeds. The narrow width of the lane also did not allow for a separate pedestrian / cycle access.

 

·        Acoustic barriers would be installed adjacent to the two properties nearest to the A40.  The orientation of the flats would be facing into the site, and the area to the north closest to the A40 would not be used for public amenity, in order to preserve biodiversity.  The Council’s Environmental Health Officer had been satisfied that the correct noise abatement measures had been taken in terms of building design, securing the right amenity standards for those living in the flats.

 

·        The financial contribution to be secured towards compensatory measures to account for the site’s release from the Green Belt would involve works to improve recreation and biodiversity at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Parks.  Officers had consulted with the Council’s Parks and Leisure Services Team and had taken  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.

85.

Nominations for the Oxford Heritage Asset Register pdf icon PDF 302 KB

Site Address:

Multiple sites throughout the City

Proposal:

To consider nominations for addition to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register

Recommendation:

The Oxford City Planning Committee is recommended to:

Approve or reject proposed nominations.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered nominations for addition to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register: a register of buildings, structures, features or places within Oxford, outside of Conservation Areas, which make a special contribution to the character of Oxford and its neighbourhoods through their locally significant historic, architectural, archaeological or artistic interest.

The proposed nominations before the Committee had been made between Spring 2018 (which was the last time that assets had been added to the Register) and November 2021.  The nominations had been subject to a public consultation.

On being proposed, seconded and put to the vote the Committee agreed with the officer recommendation in the report.

The Committee resolved to approve the following nominations listed in the appendix to the report for addition to the register:

1.       Temple Cowley Library, Temple Road, Cowley

2.       Headington Shark, 2 New High Street, Headington

3.       The Printworks, Crescent Road, Cowley

4.       69 London Road, Headington

5.       105 London Road, Headington

6.       Medieval Wall, The Grates, Cowley

7.       The Lodge, Binsey Lane

8.       The Lodge, Rose Hill Cemetery, Church Cowley Road

9.       Weirs House, Weirs Lane

10.    The Chapel, Rose Hill Cemetery, Church Cowley Road

11.    Bailey Bridge, Port Meadow

12.    Crown and Thistle Pub, 132 Old Road, Headington

13.    The Westgate Hotel, 1 Botley Road

14.    182 – 184 Abingdon Road

15.    Scout Hall, 238 Marston Road

16.    The Old Vicarage, 41 Lake Street, New Hinksey

17.    United Reformed (formerly Congregational) Church, Temple Cowley

 

86.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 430 KB

Recommendation: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2022 as a true and accurate record.

 

Minutes:

The Committee resolved to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2022 as a true and accurate record.

87.

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.

 

21/00110/FUL: The Clarendon Centre, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3JD

Major

21/01176/FUL: Former Dominion Oils Site, Railway Lane, Oxford, OX4 4PY

Major

21/01261/FUL: St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY

Major

21/01405/FUL: 1 & 3 Jack Straw's Lane and 302 304 & 312 Marston Road, Oxford

Major

21/01695/FUL: Thornhill Park, London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9RX

Major

21/02120/OUT: Plot 18 And Plots 23-26, Oxford Science Park, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4GB

Major

21/02513/FUL: Victoria Hotel, 178 - 184 Abingdon Road, OxfordOX1 4RA

Major

21/02581/FUL: 1 North Street, Oxford, OX2 0AY

Called-in

21/02639/FUL: Land West Of 75 Town Furze, Oxford, OX3 7EW

Called-in

21/02776/RES: Land At Barton, Northern By-pass Road, Oxford, OX3 9SD

Reserved Matter

21/02941/FUL DEL - 11 Masons Road, Oxford, OX3 8QL

Called-in

21/02977/FUL: 18 Bradmore Road, Oxford, OX2 6QP

Called-in

21/03622/VAR: Helena Kennedy Centre, Headington Hill, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BT

Major

21/03241/FUL: Julianstow Cottage, 10 Harberton Mead, Oxford, OX3 0DB

 

21/03544/CPU: 21 Meadow Prospect, Oxford OX2 8PP

Called-in

22/00003/FUL: 40 Masons Road, Oxford OX3 8QJ

Called-in

21/03549/FUL: 14 Flexney Place, Oxford OX3 7NN

Called-in

21/03178/FUL: 3 Iffley Turn, Oxford OX4 4DU

Called-in

20/00081/RES: Oxford North Northern Gateway, Land Adjacent A44, A40, A34 and Wolvercote Roundabout A40 Section from Cherwell District Council Boundary to Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford OX2 8JR

Major

22/00040/PIP: The Crown and Thistle, 132 Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 8SX

Called-in

22/00410/LBC: Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HG

Major

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the list of forthcoming applications.

88.

Dates of future meetings

Future meetings of the Committee are scheduled at 6.00pm on:

 

2022

2022

12 April

16 August

24 May

20 September

21 June

18 October

19 July

15 November

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the dates of future meetings.