Minutes of Extraordinary Meeting 7th February 2012


Minutes of Extraordinary Meeting of Upton Parish Council
in the Village Hall
on Tuesday 7th February 2012 at 8.00 pm

Present:  Mr J Dickens (Chairman) Mr S Fraser, Mrs S Norman, Mr B Shaw, Mrs L Shaw,
Mrs C Lightfoot (clerk)
5 parishioners – part time
1.  Apologies – Dr Bob Lott

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. Any Member arriving after the start of the meeting is  asked to declare personal interests as necessary as soon as practicable after their arrival even if the item  in question has been considered.  None recorded

3. Planning Applications:

11/02491/COU:  Proposed change of use from agricultural to recreational land for equine purposes.  Commercial livery yard incorporating the erection of 10 boxes and ancillary buildings.  Wattle Cottage Farm, Reading Road.   Applicant Mr Thornhill.
The Chairman set aside standing orders to enable parishioners to give their views on this proposal.  The meeting was then reconvened.
(The Chairman referred to an earlier application which had been refused as the proposal was out of keeping in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  It was noted that this previous application had gone to appeal and the decision upheld.)
Plans had been circulated to councillors in advance of the meeting and a discussion ensued.
In conclusion the Parish Council voted unanimously to object to this application on the following grounds:

· Adverse impact on the environment (light, noise, tranquillity and odour)
· The land available is insufficient  to support the number of horses proposed
· Potential for hazardous incidents on A417, due to increased  traffic
· New development on a greenfield site in AONB
· Unacceptable impact in an area of AONB. The development shall not enhance the landscape
· Concern regarding potential pollution of drainage with animal waste given the proximity of the stream.
The clerk to advise the Vale of the White Horse District Council (VWHDC) accordingly.  CL

12/00180/OUT: Outline application for demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 3 dwellings at Maslina, Reading Road.  Applicants Mr & Mrs Arnold

The Chairman set aside standing orders for parishioners to make their comment on this proposal.
The meeting was then reconvened.
The plans having been previously circulated to councillors were discussed.  In conclusion the Parish Council agreed it did not object to this application but request the following issues be given consideration:

· the height and design be beneficial and befitting in an area of AONB
· concern that the properties be sited in order to minimise the impact in an AONB
· Highways be asked to consider the viability of only one access for 3 properties given the volume of traffic in and out of the development onto the busy A417.

Clerk to advise the VWHDC accordingly.       CL

11/02936: Extension and refurbishment of existing garage at Upton Lodge, Reading Road.
The plans having been previously circulated were discussed.  The Parish Council unanimously agreed that there were no objections to this proposal.   The clerk to advise the VWHDC accordingly.       CL


Clare Lightfoot
Clerk/Upton Parish Council

7th February 2012

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