October 2023 – More Appeal Success
JPPC has convinced a Planning Inspector that initial works in respect of a planning permission granted in 2017 by Vale of White Horse District Council were sufficient to keep the planning permission alive, even though the developer had not submitted details of new visibility splays to the Council for approval before any works began.
Foundations were laid on the Botley site in 2020 with a view to making a material commencement of the development, however the Council took the view that a failure to comply with a pre-commencement condition (the one requiring vision splay drawings) rendered the works unlawful. Consequently, the Council took the view that the permission had expired and could not be built out.
The Inspector was persuaded otherwise – the failure to submit visibility splays for approval before commencing work on-site was not to be considered fatal to the planning permission – and in issuing a Lawful Development Certificate, the Inspector confirmed that the development could resume at any point in the future.
Sept 2023 – Motor Museum Gets Green Light
JPPC is pleased to announce that full planning permission has now been granted on the development proposals for the exciting project at the former Driving Centre, at Enstone, north Oxfordshire to bring forward a new museum to house cars from the Mullin collection and other iconic cars, which has been known in short as the Mullin Museum Project. Acting for the Mullin Automotive Museum Development Company, JPPC worked with a large team of people to make the submission and liaise with West Oxfordshire District Council, local people including Parish Councils and Oxfordshire County Council. Businessman and Philanthropist Peter W Mullin has a collection of several hundred of the most beautiful classic cars in the world, including the most comprehensive selection of early Bugattis. The scheme will transform this presently run down area of former WWII airfield, and in due course, visitors to the Museum will have the chance to see the impressive collection of cars and displays on the past, present and future of automotive engineering in brand new high quality display buildings, including an elegant crescent shaped main building and exhibition building which will have evolving displays. Purpose built new workshops will be built to allow maintenance of these special vehicles and so that this is a living museum visitors will also be able to see the cars in motion on a car exercise track newly laid out in attractively landscaped grounds on this area of former airfield. In addition, consent has been granted for some second homes on the site, again set amongst newly landscaped grounds, mainly to the west of the site. To view the plans and scheme please go to https://www.themullinproject.co.uk/ where progress of the project will be updated as things progress.
Client: Mullin Automotive Museum Development Company Ltd
Development Director: Michael Ergatoudis, Emma Kirby Design Ltd
Architect: 3d Reid
Landscape Assessment and design layout: Portus + Whitton
Biodiversity: Windrush Ecology
Public Consultation Lead: CommCommUK ltd
Highways and Transport: Motion
Arboriculture: Tree Frontiers
Archaeology: John Moore Heritage Services
Acoustics: Sharps Redmore
Legal: Withers LLP
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August 2023 Youth and Community Facility Project in South Oxfordshire
JPPC has been part of a multi-disciplinary team that has secured planning permission for a new community facility at the Southern Road Recreation Ground in Thame – the new facility provides enhancements to an existing Scout Hut, as well as replacing outdated sports changing facilities with new changing, WC and shower facilities that are fit for purpose. The development also seeks to provide a purpose-built multi-function event space, designed to accommodate up to 200 people as well as delivering dedicated space for local youth groups.
The new buildings have been designed to high standards of energy efficiency, following input from the planning authority at the pre-application design stage. The proposed development was also the subject of a comprehensive scheme for landscaping and the re-provision of children’s play facilities, as well as appropriate levels of car parking. The new buildings are of a design which reflects local vernacular building traditions in this part of South Oxfordshire.
JPPC has been part of the planning process, having sought pre-application advice from South Oxfordshire District Council. JPPC was also responsible for preparing the planning submission (including the preparation of a supporting statement) and managing the planning application through its determination by the local planning authority.
Client: Thame Town Council
Architect: Acanthus Clews
Landscape Architecture: JCLA
Biodiversity: Ecology by Design
Arboriculture: Sylva Consultancy
Transport: David Tucker Associates
Sustainability: Blewburton Ltd
Drainage: Taylor Consulting Engineers
14-08-2023 Approval at Appeal for short-stay accommodation in West Oxford
JPPC has been successful in persuading an Inspector to allow an appeal against Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for the change of use of an existing HMO into a 1-bed flat on the ground floor with two en-suite rooms for lettable short-stay accommodation on the first floor. Although the Oxford Local Development Plan seeks to impose restrictions in respect of the locations where new guest accommodation will be accepted, the Inspector was persuaded in this case by the easy accessibility of the Mill Street, Oxford site to major bus routes as well as Oxford Station and the City Centre. The Inspector agreed that the proposed development would not have an adverse impact upon the amenities of neighbouring residential properties. Although the property is within a Controlled Parking Zone, the Inspector accepted that the 1-bed flat could retain eligibility for residents’ and visitors’ parking permits, on the basis that the property currently enjoys eligibility and there would be no need to accord parking permits to the guest accommodation, given that most tourists arrive in Oxford by means other than by private car.
JPPC – Planning Magazine confirms our company is one of the more flexible employers nationally
Planning Magazine which is a leading medium for town planning professionals has recently confirmed that JPPC is one of the more flexible employers nationally. See link to report here:
May 2023 – Conversion of Public House in SODC to Seven Flats
JPPC have secured planning permission for the extension and conversion of a public house in South Oxfordshire to provide seven flats. The pub had been closed since 2019 and, with assessment from specialist consultants Thomas E Teague, it was demonstrated to South Oxfordshire District Council that it was no longer financially viable and so should be put to alternative use. The Council agreed that the provision of seven residential flats was a suitable re-use of the building and that the design, prepared by Oxford Architects, offered the high quality of development expected to enhance the local area granting planning permission without pre-commencement conditions.
May 2023 – Replacement Dwelling in Cotswolds AONB
Following extensive discussions with West Oxfordshire District Council, JPPC has received planning permission for a substantial country house within the Cotswolds AONB and bordering a Conservation Area. The house is significantly larger than the existing dwelling it replaces and the wider scheme includes extensive landscape and biodiversity enhancements. Councillors commended the quality of the scheme, describing it as ‘an exciting project’.
Architecture – Ben Pentreath Ltd
Landscape – Portus & Whitton
Ecology – Windrush Ecology
Trees – Tree Frontiers
Drainage – Infrastruct CS
04-05-2023 Replacement dwelling and farm complex approved in AONB
JPPC have secured planning approval for the replacement of an agricultural workers’ dwelling and replacement farm complex at a beef rearing farm in the Cotswolds AONB.
The replacement dwelling is of a larger internal area and better design than what it seeks to replace and the new farm buildings seek to secure the future of a thriving rural business by replacing poor quality existing buildings which originated in a haphazard way with purpose-designed agricultural buildings which are specifically planned to meet the needs of the farm going forward.
The proposal also represents an enhancement to the character and quality of the AONB both in terms of landscaping enhancements, including the planting of newer native species and a net gain in biodiversity, including supplementing existing planting and enhanced wetland habitats, but also in terms of replacing existing structures with new buildings that will be more attractive and reflective of vernacular architectural traditions in the Cotswolds.
Architect: Tyack Architects
Landscape Architect: Portus and Whitton Landscape Architects
January 2023 – We all like an appeal win!
On behalf of longstanding clients, John Phillips Planning Consultancy has just been successful with an appeal against the refusal by Oxford City Council of planning permission to create an annexe at a property in Headington, Oxford, which OCC was concerned would be too big, tantamount to the creation of a new dwelling, not have properly assessed bat impacts and to have undue drainage impacts. The Inspector agreed with JPPC that the concerns expressed in the delegated officer report were overstated and that the impact from the scheme proposed would be very minimal and thereby acceptable. Use as a separate dwelling would need planning permission and did not need to be controlled by planning conditions.
Architects: TSH Architects Oxford
Ecology: Bioscan (UK) Ltd, Little Baldon