Minutes of extraordinary Meeting 18th January 2007


Minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting of Upton Parish Council

held on Thursday, 18th January 2007 at 8.00 pm in the Methodist Church

Present: Mr G de Wilde (Chair), Mr M Brown, Mrs C Hall, Mrs T Seelig, Mr P Fletcher,

Mrs C Lightfoot (Clerk) and 11 members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence received from Dr S Whatmore

2. Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any personal interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting (please refer to the notes at the end of agenda).

The following interests were declared: Mr Brown Item 3a; Mrs Hall Item 3c.

3. Planning Applications

(1) UPT/7108/2 – Erection of 4 bedroom chalet bungalow with double garage at Ravello, Chilton Road.

After consideration of the plan the PC voted to object to this application for the following reasons:

  • The size of the property is felt to be too large for the plot. The property would certainly dominate the site and is significantly larger than the property outlined in the outline application. Upton is desperately short of affordable housing and this plot would be ideal and suitable for a 2/3 bedroom bungalow with a single garage rather than this current application.
  • The outline planning permission UPT/7108/1-X was granted on the basis of a shared access for the two properties and required that the existing access should be closed. We therefore have serious concerns about two accesses rather than one. The junction of Chilton Road and the A417 is an extremely hazardous one and the addition of another access even closer to this junction would only compound this problem.
  • We query the site of the septic tank and its proximity to the actual building (this could be a health and safety issue).

(2) UPT19316/2 – Internal alterations and erection of single storey front extension with new vehicular access at Fieldside Cottage.

Following consideration of the plan the PC voted to object to this application for the following reasons:

The boundary has been drawn inaccurately on the plan, thus the access has a telegraph pole within it and is not wide enough for vehicular access. The car port areas needs redesigning.

The 6’ high wall on the front boundary is unacceptable.

(3) UPT/19900 – Erection of a two storey side extension and improvements at the Cottage, Church Street.

After consideration of the plans the PC did not object to this application but request the following issues be given consideration:

Sufficient and adequate provision be made for off-street parking.

The clerk to complete the Vale response forms accordingly. Clerk

4. Correspondence

1. The Vale Solicitor has written requesting comments from the PC regarding an application for a certificate of lawful use at Wattle Farm, Reading Road. The Chairman has solicited views from parishioners and drafted a response which the clerk will forward. Clerk

2. Letter from the Vale of White Horse regarding Didcot Area Housing. This document was passed to members for circulation.

3. Thames Valley Police have written advising that the Local Police Area Commander, David Purnell, will be replaced by Chief Inspector Phillip Littlechild with effect from 15 January 2007.

4. Letter from SODC, Strategic Director, inviting the clerk and one other to attend a meeting to plan Community Involvement in the Development of Didcot. The meeting is to be held on 1 February 2007 from 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. at the Didcot Town Football Ground.

5. Proposal 1

That we ask the Chairman to accept the invitation to the County Council reception on 28th February 2007 and ask is Dr Sarah Whatmore could accompany him. The Parish Council will cover the cost of transport and parking. Proposed Mr M Brown, seconded Mrs T Seelig. The Chairman was unsure whether his diary would permit him to accept this invitation.


Ditch Clearing: Mr Brown reported that the ditch clearing by volunteers in Stream Road had been completed satisfactorily. An issue had arisen with one of the residents and it was agreed that the Chairman will write to him. GdW

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.45 pm

Clare Lightfoot

19th January 2007

Clerk, Upton Parish Council