- Brian Leach
- Pauline Plant
- Keith Ravenhill
- Sarah Russell
- Liz Leffman
- Angela Barnes
Members of the Public
- Margaret & Ash Ismail
- Debra & John Cull
- Juliet Heslewood
2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
The Minutes recorded from the meeting held on 10 January 2023 were approved as a true record, duly signed, dated and filed.
3. Declarations of interest
No declarations of interest were recorded.
4. Financial Report
Bank Balances £53,449.83
Expenditure BACS payments:
23 Jan Wel Medical parts for defibrillator £279.54
24 Jan Bruen Farm Xmas Tree £222.00
25 Jan Nicholson Nursery Tree £587.98
1 Feb I D Godden Boiler repair at pavillon £150.00
27 Feb HSBC Bank charges £9.00
27 Dec HSBC Bank charges (missed from last times report) £8.00
10 Feb A Barnes Clerk’s salary £259.76
28 Feb HMRC £65.00
5 Feb OCC 6 months library grant £297.00
The financial reports emailed separately.
5. Reports from County and District Councillors
CCllr Leffman reported on the OCC budget meeting and the following approved; the 20mph scheme would continue to be implemented, £14M approved for Adult Social Care, £13M for children services including 2 new children’s homes, £3m for tree planting, £1M for pavements and cycle paths, £1.2M for transport. CCllr Leffman reported that council tax would increase by 4.99%.
6. Public Time.
Cllr Leach welcomed the members of the public to the meeting. All members confirmed they had come to speak about the correspondence received from Obsidian Strategic to build 41 new homes on land west of London Lane.
Q: John Cull asked the PC what do the parishioners know and what do they need to know and what should they do
A: Cllr Leach replied that:
(a) the PC has a duty to represent the views of the village, and had therefore leafleted all households, put up posters on the notice boards and set up a facility so that the residents could let the PC know their views.
The PC had accordingly received a number of replies, every one of which expressed strong concerns over the appropriateness and sustainability of the proposal with not a single response in favour. The PC therefore felt that it had received a clear direction and mandate from the residents to oppose this.
(b) WODC has been deemed to have failed to meet the five-year housing supply, which has triggered the Local Plan to be suspended. The PC could not, therefore, use the Local Plan as the basis for any opposition.
(c) The PC had undertaken a number of preliminary discussions regarding how this could be opposed and the legal basis for that opposition.
(d) The PC would do everything they could to support the village.
(e) Any further response would have to wait until the PC had sight of the application itself having been submitted.
There followed a long discussion with regards to the ongoing sewerage, facilities and infrastructure of the village that simply could not support more new builds.
Cost of Living
Cllr Leach reported that Shipton PC were on board, now waiting for Milton to confirm so that the three PC’s could get a date in the diary to meet and then host an open day to support parishioners. This will be held at the Beaconsfield Hall, this being the most central hall.
A celebration event will take place, with Saturday 6th May being notionally suggested. The PC agreed to pay for coronation mugs for children to keep. Cllr Leach would confirm numbers to Debra Cull who will be placing a bulk order.
Martyrs 150th Anniversary
Cllr Leach reported that there would be a week of celebrations starting on 16 June.
Up to 41 new homes Land west of London Lane
Deadline comments by 7 March 2023
APPLICATION No. 23/00274/HHD
PROPOSAL: Single storey side extension with lean to roof with rear conservatory.
LOCATION: Mulberry Cottage 43 High Street, Ascott under Wychwood.
APPLICANT: Mr & Mrs Fraser-Looen
REGISTERED: 6 February 2023
Deadline 9 February 2023
APPLICATION No. 22/03063/HHD
PROPOSAL: Erection of single storey conservatory
LOCATION: 3 Shipton Road, Ascott under Wychwood
APPLICANT: Mr Michael Attwell and Mr Douglas Chirnside
REGISTERED: 13 January 2023
NO OBJECTIONS RECORDED 5 February 2023
Deadline comments by 30 January 2023
APPLICATION NO. 22/0347I/HHD
PROPOSAL: Increase garden wall height.
LOCATION: Appletree Cottage, 49 Shipton Road, Ascott under Wychwood.
APPLICANT: Jenny Collins
REGISTERED: 16 December 2022
NO OBJECTIONS RECORDED
Deadline comments by 13 December 2022
APPLICATION No. 22/03129/FUL
Conversion of existing dwelling to form three holiday lets.
The Chapel, 6A Shipton Road.
APPLICANT: The Swan Inn
REGISTERED: 11 November 2022
Deadline comments by: 11 November 2022
APPLICATION No. 22/02798/S73
Variation of Condition 2 to allow changes to fenestration, amendments to porches and use of roof space as habitable space and discharge of Conditions 3 (Sample Materials) 5 (Landscaping) and 9 (Surface Water drainage) of permission
LOCATION: Land North East of 51 High Street, Ascott under Wychwood
APPLICANT: Mr Rupert Beak
REGISTERED: 10 October 2022
GRANTED: (for reference)
12-18 London Lane 17/01067/FUL Appeal Ref: APP/D3125/W/17/3179654
Construction of four dwellings and associated works at Land North West of 18 London Lane
WODC Address Management have received an application to address 4 properties at site on London Lane. Planning Application 17/01067/FUL
9. Neighbourhood Plan:
Cllr Leach reported that Dr Nicola Coldstream had agreed to take the lead on the Environment section.
10. Matters Arising
(a) 5 Shipton Road – Ongoing
(b) OALC 2050 Consultation – Ongoing
(c) Tree – replacement would be arriving on Friday, ready for planting on Saturday.
(d) Footpaths – Ongoing
(e) Electric Vehicle charging points – Ongoing
(f) Flood Warden Scheme – all agreed for the PC to sign up to this.
(g) Vacancy / co-option – WODC advised, notice displayed and if no requests by 24 February the PC could start the Co-option process.
(h) Network Rail Community Rail Licence – Cllr Leach had emailed a copy of the Safety Pack to all councillors prior to the meeting. All agreed with the content and for it to be signed and sent back to Maedoc Ellis at NR.
11. Risk Assessment and Ground Maintenance
Cllr Plant reported that the gutters at the Pavilion were being repaired.
12. Community Emergency Plan
Cllr Leach reported that this had been updated and a copy sent to OCC.
Nothing to report.
Cllr Russell reported that the white lines had been painted and the job complete. She reported on the state of the verges on London Lane due to the building works. Kingerlee were responsible for making them good before they leave the site. Cllr Russell reported on other concerns about the Kingerlee development, these being drainage, tarmac being laid and the wall. CCllr Leffman agreed to speak to her colleagues to suggest a site visit to address any building regulation issues before Kingerlee leave the site.
16. Reports from Organisations
(a) Sports Clubs – nothing to report.
(b) Village Charity – nothing to report
Draft Combe Village Design Statement
Annual Emergency Planning Survey (Cllr Leach has completed)
18. Any Other Business.
There was no AOB, Cllr Leach declared the meeting closed at 9.25pm.
Cllr Brian Leach (Chairman)
Date: Tuesday 14 March 2023