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Parish News


Updated 31/03/2017

Vale Local Plan Part Two Preferred Options Consultation The Local Plan Part Two

Consultation on part two of the Local Plan is now live. A public information drop in event is being held on Wednesday 5 th April at the Cornerstone, Didcot between 1 – 7 p.m. Information is also available on the website of the Vale of White Horse District Council at There are no further specific housing sites in Sutton Courtenay, but a section of land at the northern end of Peep O Day Lane has been safeguarded for use in connection with the Upper Thames Reservoir if needed.

The Vale of White Horse District Council is inviting comments on the Plan, so please make an effort to respond with your views. You can participate in the online survey, complete a paper based survey, available at local libraries and council offices, or submit your comments by post or email using the comments form.

Village Green – trees

Residents may have noticed that a start has been made to pollard some of the trees on the village green. The chestnut trees have been pollarded from time to time for quite a number of years. This is to ensure their shape is preserved and to rejuvenate the trees. The remainder of the trees will be considered for work later in the year or next year. This will prevent the Green looking too sparse, and will keep the trees properly managed.

MEPC Field South of Bradstocks Way

Residents may notice works in the field to the rear of the primary school. These are to remove a section of pipe which runs in the field, and is being undertaken by Magnox in connection with its decommissioning works at the Harwell site.

Sutton Courtenay Neighbourhood Plan

The area for the parish neighbourhood plan has now been designated by the Vale of White Horse District Council. Unfortunately the District Council did not agree to the inclusion of the whole parish, and has removed the power station site and Milton Park from the area that can be considered. The Neighbourhood Plan group can now work on the next stage and an application is being lodged with the Vale of White Horse District Council for the first available grant.

Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme

The Environment Agency is hosting a drop in event in the village hall on Tuesday 11 th April, between 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. and will have exhibition boards on display to explain the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, and what is proposed as far as the flood relief channel is concerned. Please see the Environment Agency’s article elsewhere in this issue.

Proposed footpath/cycleway between Sutton Courtenay and Appleford Station

At the recent meeting of the Parish Council, the Council agreed to support a proposal by the Appleford Rail Group and Appleford Parish Council for a cycle link to the village from Appleford rail station. The existing B4016 between the two villages and no pavement or verge and has a number of blind bends. This presents a risk for pedestrians and cyclists. The route would be along Churchmere Road, around the millennium common, and then parallel to the B4016 to Appleford. The proposed facility will not only help residents of Sutton Courtenay but also those who live in Culham.

Drayton Road – build out

As residents will know, the proposed build out in the Drayton Road is very short of funding. Some monies have been allocated to the County Council from the housing schemes in Milton Road, and the Parish Council has enquired whether the shortfall could be funded by housing developments which have already financially contributed to the County Council’s road schemes.

Planning Applications

The following planning applications have been considered :

P17/V0280/HH Side and front extension at 70 Tyrrells Way. Council requested adequate on site parking.
P16/V2999/FUL Erection of barn style dwelling together with pergola and patio at Lapwing Barn, Peewit Farm , Drayton Road. Council had concerns that further bedrooms could be created from living accommodation and requested restrictive conditions within any consent.
P17/V0371/FUL Erection of dwelling and detached garage including access and parking at 51 High Street. Council believed this to be an over development of the site.
P17/V0440/HH Extend first floor over existing one storey ground floor area. Extension to kitchen that connects house to garage at 72 Milton Road. Council had no objections
P16/V2814/A New signage at 183 Park Drive, Milton Park. Council had no objections.
P17/V0317/LDE Certificate of lawful development for an artists studio with occasional living accommodation at 4-5 The Green. Council considered that the studio had been used ancillary to the main house and was not used separately.
P17/V0511/FUL Erection of 4 bed detached dwelling and attached garage and erection of replacement double garage at Swan Acre, All Saints Lane. Council requested a highway condition survey before and after of any construction that may take place.

Planning Decisions

P15/V2353/O - The Erection of 200 dwellings off Hobbyhorse Lane.
This application was considered by the planning committee on 1 st March, 2017. The site had been recommended for approval. The District Council became aware that further consideration needed to be given to several highway issues, and some points on site drainage. The planning officer applied a cooling off period to allow time for the issues to be considered. Any revised reports will be available on the District Council’s website. The application will go back to planning committee in due course.

Date of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday 4 th April at 7.30 p.m. The Council meeting will start after the annual meeting for electors. Clerk: Mrs. L. Martin 90 Howard Cornish Road, Marcham Tel: 01865 391833 or


This meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 th April at 7.00 p.m. in the village hall. In addition to a report from the Chairman of the Parish Council on the Council’s activities over the past year, Thames Water too will be present to talk about their future investment plans in general and to give an update on Sutton Courtenay matters.

Contact for information: Linda Martin email or tel: 01865 391833