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Highlights of Meetings in 2013

May 2013


April 2013

Mr Keddie from Lafarge (formerly Tarmac) introduced himself to the Council. He had heard that there were concerns at the recent VOSA HGV operator licence application and said this was a generic application which Lafarge had made for every site in the country on taking over from Tarmac and did not necessarily mean they were wished to operate extra HGVs from Radley.

The company would be submitting an application for a second silo on the site and were asked to send details to the Council.

Jayne Manley (Earth Trust Chief Executive) reported on activities at Thrupp Lake.Surveys at Thrupp Lake had recorded 28,000 visits from approx 6,000 people, 81% of whom were from the OX14 postcode area. The majority were on foot/bike, with only 1/3 by car. 98% of respondents valued being able to access the natural environment at the Lake.

Planning permission : A condition appears of the approval to make the Earth Trust wholly responsible for the enhancement of Thrupp Lane, but OCC recognises that that such work is outside the Charity’s remit.  Oxfordshire CC has said that it has contingency in its budget for the works which it considers are required and if this is not forthcoming, the Trust will appeal the condition.

Vandalism : Ms Manley reported the very serious damage to the Lily Shelter would cost £1500-£2000 to repair and said that the Trust was not able to afford recurring repairs so wished to address the community and try to encourage better behaviour. She said that vandalism tends to come in waves, coinciding with school holidays.

HIGHWAYS: Station parking: A letter had been received from a resident regarding cars blocking drives in Stonhouse Crescent.    It was noted that although the extension was open and parking was still free, cars were often parked on Foxborough Road and on the bridge approach.

ALLOTMENTS: The vacant allotment was now let and there were 4 people now on the updated waiting list.

March 2013


Flooding – Bayworth Road.  Highways Department had been contacted.  Thames Water had said they were satisfied that tree roots which had blocked the sewer had been removed.

STATION OVERFLOW PARKING: PCSO Wright had posted notices and was issuing tickets to offenders. Drivers were already responding to station parking charges even though the machines were not in operation. It was agreed that the situation should be monitored for three months

HGV LICENCE APPLICATION: Highways had objected to Tarmac’s HGV operator licence application on the grounds that Thrupp Lane was unsuitable for increased HGV traffic


P13/V0599/EX: 30 Sugworth Lane Radley Abingdon Oxon OX14 2HY:

Extension of time limit for planning permission P10/V0148.   The clerk would respond according to Council policy.


P13/V0341/DIS: Lyric Wood 6 Lower Radley Abingdon Oxon OX14 3AX: Discharge of condition 2 of planning application P10/V0308: Fully Discharged on 7th March 2013.

P13/V0098/LDP: 5 Little Howe Close Radley OX14 3AJ: Proposed single storey rear extension and garage conversion: Certificate of Lawful Use or Development issued on 5th March 2013.


P13/V0483/AG: Lower Farm Lower Radley Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 3BA: Proposed agricultural barn.

The application is submitted as permitted development and is presently being assessed.

P12/V0638/AG – RADLEY LARGE WOOD: Cr Crowley asked the Council to consider acting on the development of a woodland access track approved by the Vale as (prior notification of agricultural or forestry development – access road). It had been established that due planning process had been followed, but that it was incumbent on the landowner to comply with any licences required. Cr Crowley reported that there was no evidence of scrutiny by any other body.

ALLOTMENTS: The vacant allotment was declined by three successive people on the waiting list and would be offered to the next person on the list.

RADLEY LAKES – Cr Pasquire reported damage to the Lily Shelter and PCSO Wright was asked to take this back to the Neighbourhood Team and to make it known that the police patrol the area regularly. It was his understanding that the damage had happened late at night.

It was recorded that a firearms incident when birds were shot had been reported to the police.

February 2013


FLOODING, BAYWORTH ROAD  – A Member of the Public had raised concerns about flooding in this area, particularly with regard to the developments at Chandlings School, which were adding extra load to the sewerage infrastructure.    Council would ask the Environment Agency and local Authority to investigate.


Residents had complained about station users parking inappropriately whilst works were continuing at the Station.  Police had been contacted.  PCSO Wright reported that he has been attending to the problem whenever on duty and has issued tickets to offending drivers. He had been instructed on the legislation regarding legal parking and told that it should be applied more vigorously. He showed the Council a notice which he proposed to display as a warning before he began ticketing.

Cr J Standen reported on a letter received by Friends of Radley Station from the First Great Western Oxford Area Station Manager stating that as the new spaces were funded as a capital project, FGW now planned to levy a parking charge of £3 a day.

FoRS were arranging a meeting within the next week with the station manager, to which PCSO Wright was invited.

It was noted that Network Rail had previously given specific undertaking that there would be no charges.

Council would ask the police to make an official report on the problems likely to be caused by parking charges. PCSO Wright undertook to issue an impact statement. The Council would write to the Station manager voicing its objections to and misgivings at the plan.


Only two people out of the 14 on the waiting list had responded to the enquiry as to whether they required to stay on the list;  they asked to be removed from the list. 






P12/V2220/HH: Side pitched roof dormer and front canopy, 9 Sugworth Crescent: NO OBJECTION (Vale ref: 32123)



P13/V0253/FUL: Permanent display of the spitfire, that has been granted 18 months temporary planning permission, Lodge Hill Garage: NO OBJECTION (Vale ref: 32470)


VALE DECISIONS: The following were reported:



P11/V1782 (11/01782/FUL): Land Adjacent To Old Sewerage Works Sandford Lane Kennington: TREATED AS WITHDRAWN 22nd January 2013.



P13/V0039/HH: 44 Sugworth Lane, Two storey extension: PERMITTED



P12/V2652/LB, P12/V2651/FUL: Radley College, Internal reconfiguration of Radley Shop and provision of new canopy to the dining area and entrance foyer, timber screen to tills area, new door to kitchen and new window and door to the Rackets Professional’s office: PERMITTED



P10/V2344: Sandles Thrupp Lane: Change of use from C3 residential to recreational use. Demolition of existing residential structure and erection of new wetlands visitor centre building, associated external works including provision of a 25 no. space car park, new path networks and external decking adjacent to the visitors centre: PERMITTED


OTHER APPLICATIONS: For information only.



P13/V0098/LDP: Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development: 5 Little Howe Close: Proposed single storey rear extension and garage conversion.



P13/V0341/DIS: Discharge of condition 2 of planning application P10/V0308: Lyric Wood 6 Lower Radley (Erection of 2 detached dwellings on land adjacent to 6, Lower Radley RAD/7515/6)

MEMBER BRIEFING ON RADLEY COLLEGE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, attended by Crs J Standen, Howard and Henderson. They reported that in outline, the proposal was for a mixture of detached and terraced houses, of which 40% would be low-cost and 30% of those social housing. Radley College to submit an outline application in April.

Issues raised by councillors included planning gain, density, access and school places. Radley Parish Council would not be a statutory consultee but would be able to comment.

DIDCOT ‘A’ DECOMMISSIONING: Crs Pasquire and Crowley attended a public exhibition and reported that RWEnpower would retain some of the site and opinions from the event were that the remainder should be used for housing.

January 2013


People on the waiting list for Allotments would be asked if they wished to remain.


Tarmac had applied for a Licence to operate HGVs from its site in Thrupp Lane.  The Parish Council would write to the relevant authorities pointing out that Thrupp Lane was a “failed road”

The Pavement in Church Road was subject of a complaint by a local resident. Highways would be informed.


Complaints had been received from residents about parking by the Railway Station which was spilling out into nearby roads, on the junctions next to the railway station, and even on the bridge to Lower Radley which was extremely dangerous.  This was being exacerbated by works to gas pipes in the village.  The Parish Council agreed to ask the Police to monitor the parking and deal with inappropriate behaviour.


All applications reported upon in December 2012 had been approved by the Vale of White Horse.

Lodge Hill Garage had been advised that the permission to keep the Spitfire display was subject to a temporary planning permission which had expired.


The Parish Council resolved to grant £1000 to Citizens Advice Bureau in Abingdon following advice from the Bureau concerning the number of consultations made by people living in Radley Parish.  A Donation of £250 was made to South and Vale Carers.

The Radley Brownies had requested a grant to frame an embroidered panel.  The Parish Council agreed to meet the cost of £210 for this.  The article would be displayed in the Village Hall once framed.


The Parish Council resolved to set the precent for £51,050.

The County Council had agreed a budget which would mean an increase of £24 on a Band D Property.

Area Stewardship Fund

Cllr Fatemian had authorised £4000 for a vehicle activated sign and £5000 for short term work for Thrupp Lane which Tuckwells had offered to match.


It was apparent that an appeal would be lodged to the Secretary of State concerning the decision of Oxfordshire County Council to issue a Prohibition Order.

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