Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 19th June 2018 at 7.00pm.


          Mr. C. Naylor      Chairman

          Mr. S. Jones

          Mrs. S. Garrett

          Mrs. S. Adams

          Mr. D. Bevan   Clerk

Mrs. H. Fenton (WODC councillor), Mr. B. Parnham (prospective councillor), Mr. Viner (SOS) and 3 members of the public.

1.      APOLOGIES – were received from Mr. C. Mathew and Mr. S. Hoskin


Having received authorisation from WODC to co-opt the final council member, it was agreed unanimously that Mr. Brian Parnham of 15 Rack End Standlake OX29 7SA, be co-opted onto the council; he then signed his declaration of acceptance of office

3.      PUBLIC ITEMS – none.

4.      COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS. Mrs. Fenton had little to report except that the Local Plan was expected to be signed off soon..

5.      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Mrs. Garrett declared a non-pecuniary interest in the SOS request for funding.

6.      PLANNING

The appeal by Spitfire Homes against WODC’s decision to refuse planning permission for 45 houses off Lancot Lane has been dismissed. Mr. Naylor said this was a victory for the many people, in particular those on the SOS committee, who had given their time and money to achieve this result. It was possible that Spitfire could go to the High Court to try and overturn this decision, which would then have to return to the Planning Inspectorate, but this was thought unlikely.

18/01458/FUL : Erection of detached dwelling and associated works.: 27 Aston Road Brighthampton : Mr M Drewett. No objection

Permission in Principle (PIP) and Technical Details Consent (TDC)

On 1 June 2018 the Government introduced a new means for developers to secure a planning permission on land for developments of between one and nine houses (Permission in Principle (PIP) and Technical Details Consent (TDC). A key issue is that the Government has given the District Council a time limit of only five weeks to determine such applications and has consequently shortened the timeframes for consultation with parishes from the usual 21 days to 14 days. As Standlake PC already has a procedure in place to consult councillors by email on applications whose reply date falls before the next meeting, this requirement can be accommodated under these arrangements.

Mr. Naylor said that he felt strongly that this was another example of government making it difficult for local people to properly address questions such as planning in the open forum of a parish council meeting. The councillors agreed and Mr. Naylor will draft a letter to Robert Courts MP expressing these concerns and circulate it to councillors before sending.

7.      MINUTES - Minutes of the Meeting held on 22nd May 2018, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.


Footpaths – Mrs Adams pointed out that that the A4 notices put up by OCC are too small to read by drivers and one of them (The Downs end of the lane) has gone missing. The clerk will approach OCC again and see if larger more permanent notices can be displayed.

Busses/ Bus Stops – the clerk has an estimate for the cleaning of £20 per shelter. However the cleaner requires the overgrown vegetation to be removed so that he can access the shelters properly. Mr. Pascoe has quoted £140 for this work as it will require disposal of a large quantity of debris. Mr. Naylor proposed that this should be done, seconded by Mrs. Adams and passed unanimously..      

9.      CORRESPONDENCE – OCC meetings with councils. An invitation has been received from OCC to a meeting in Witney on Tuesday 24th July; if any councillors are available and willing to go then please contact the clerk.

10.   ACCOUNTS – the following accounts were approved for payment.

Absolute Solutions – cut Hornsway / weed control car park                                                 195.00

Absolute Solutions – grass cutting, cut The Butts, etc.                                                           415.00

St. Giles PCC – 1st half churchyard upkeep                                                                            600.00

D .C. Bevan – clerk salary and expenses                                                                               1221.60

HMRC – clerk PAYE                                                                                                                 292.40  

Absolute Solutions – grass cutting                                                                                       £300.00



At the invitation of Mr. Naylor, Mr. Viner (SOS) gave a summary of the financial position following the successful appeal against Spitfire Homes application which overran by one day. The position is that to clear the outstanding invoices for work done by the landscape consultants leaves some £800 to be raised and Mr, Viner asked if the PC would help. The clerk said that some £1500 had been budgeted in anticipation of further costs in the appeal. Mr. Naylor proposed, seconded by Mr. Jones, that up to £800 be granted to SOS for that purpose; passed unanimously (Mrs. Garrett not voting having declared an interest).

12.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS –There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.50pm.



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