11/01/2018 Student Accommodation at Former BT Site, Holloway, Oxford

Oxford City Council has issued a decision to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings at the former BT Site off Hollow Way/the former Cowley Barracks site to allow the erection of new student accommodation comprising 3, 4 and 5 storey blocks with a total of 885 student rooms.   When complete the scheme will help Oxford Brookes University to reduce the number of students in private housing and there will be communal space, a cafĂ© and small shop on site that will be available to local residents too.  With Unite JPPC and team collated a large number of technical inputs and undertook extensive local public engagement.


The site will be an attractive addition to the local area and will be car free, except for essential staffing and disabled parking.  The developer Unite hopes to commence work soon to have the site available for the start of the 2019 academic year.



Developer: Unite Students

Architect: Broadway Malyan

Technical Advice: Ramboll

Archaeology: John Moore Heritage Services

Landscaping: LDA Design

PR: Tristan Fitzgerald Associates


05/01/2018 Aston Tirrold - 2 Listed Barns

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion to two dwellings of two listed barns in Aston Tirrold a small village in South Oxfordshire.  The scheme will see the renovation of the buildings and removal of some somewhat insensitive modern buildings that sit between the buildings.  The simple yet attractive design employed allowed SODC to grant planning permission without requiring any amendments to the drawings and without an extension of time.


Architect: Woodfield Brady

Ecology: Quantock Ecology

Historic Building Structural Advice: Clive Hudson Associates


13/11/2017 Soho Farmhouse

JPPC has recently secured planning permission for the provision of an additional 55 hotel guest rooms with associated structures at Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew.  These will all be new buildings and comprise 5 Cook House Rooms, 10 Walled Garden Cottages, and Ten pod type structures housing 4 units each that base their architecture on upscaled traditional farmers Pig Arcs set within an extension of an existing woodland landscape.  The developments have been carefully designed to integrate successfully within the existing site, with significant benefits to ecology and the local West Oxfordshire economy. 

Walled Garden development



2 Pig Arc Field development

Pig Arc Interior

Other Consultants


Michael Ergatoudis, Development Director, Soho Farmhouse


Client:                                     Soho House Group

Architect:                               In-House Build Ltd

Transport Consultant:          PFA Consulting

Landscape Architect:            Portus + Whitton

Arboricultural Consultant:   Lockhart Garratt



11/09/2017 New housing site approved at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

Planning permission has been granted for the development of a greenfield site on the edge of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell in South Oxfordshire for the erection of up to 31 houses.  The scheme was supported by Brightwell Parish Council which is holding a referendum into its proposed Neighbourhood Plan on 14 September.  JPPC will soon be meeting adjoining residents to discuss proposals for the reserved matters submission.

Developer/Owner: Kingerlee Homes

Architect: Oxford Architects

Technical input: Glanville

Ecology, trees and landscape: Lockhart Garratt


24-7-2017 Resolution to Grant Permission for Residential Scheme in Reading

Reading Borough Council has recently resolved to grant permission for eighty new apartments, subject to the completion of an agreement to secure on-site provision of affordable housing, on a site within 350 metres of Reading town centre. When complete, the development will comprise a mix of 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments, with underground car and cycle parking.

Client: Thomas Homes

Architect: Woodfield Brady

Highways Consultant: Glanville Consultants

26-5-2017 - New Development at Cholsey

Reserved matters approval was given at South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee this week for 60 houses on land at Celsea Place in Cholsey.  The site is currently subject of extensive archaeological examination.  Client Linden Homes wants to be able to start building by the Autumn.  Approval was given in the face of opposition from the Parish Council but the Committee was able to see the advantages of the scheme, and its good design.


Architects: OSP Architecture

Archaeologist: Foundations Archaeology

Ecology: Bioscan UK

Landscape: Adams Habermehl

20-2-2017 Permission granted for agricultural machinery showroom

Planning permission has been granted on a greenfield site outside Byfield in Daventry District for a new build premises for Farol a John Deere franchise that entails a large new building comprising workshops and offices and a sales area for agricultural and horticultural machines and equipment.

Anderson Orr Architects

3-2-2017 Permission Secured for Student Accommodation

JPPC have secured a planning permission for the provision of 78 new student study rooms together with private amenity space, ancillary facilities and bin and cycle storage at the junction of Reliance Way and Cowley Road in Oxford. The proposal seeks to convert three existing former office buildings in order to provide 48 of the student study rooms, whilst the remainder would be provided within a new three-storey landmark building on a vacant plot fronting Cowley Road, with private open space, landscaping and some disabled car parking provided to the rear. The new building has been carefully designed to integrate successfully within a varied streetscene.

Client: Cantay Estates Ltd

Architect: Andrew Spurring

Transport Consultant: JD Transport

Landscape Architect: Adams Habermehl

11-11-2016 Major Residential Development Approved at Bayswater Road, Oxford

Planning permission has recently been granted for a residential development of 52 dwellings (40% affordable), together with the creation of new access roads, the provision of open space, parking garages and landscaping at Bayswater Farm, on the north eastern flank of Oxford. The application for permission fell to be determined by both Oxford City Council and South Oxfordshire as a “cross-boundary” application – a small part of the overall site fell within the City Council and the City Council was given nomination rights to two of the dwellings within the scheme to mitigate the loss of two vacant semi-detached properties within the City’s boundary. South Oxfordshire’s Core Strategy specifically allocates the larger portion of the site for development, albeit it was silent as to the number of units to be provided. Permission was granted subject to a s106 agreement, to ensure the provision of affordable housing and contributions in respect of play space and bin provision.


Developer: Cala Homes (Chiltern) Ltd

15-8-2016 Shabbington Success.

Outline planning permission has been secured for 8 houses on farmland at Shabbington outside Thame in Aylesbury Vale District.  Contact JPPC (Henry Venners or Alex Cresswell for more details).

14-7-2016 Isis House, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames

JPPC has recently secured planning permission from SODC for the conversion, extension and alteration of Isis House from office use to seven luxury apartments with a sedum-roofed covered car park to the rear.  The site sits in a very prominent location, adjacent to Henley’s main Conservation Area and physically adjoining a Grade II listed building. The scheme’s contemporary ‘make-over’ is respectful of its historic context and will significantly enhance the building’s current fairly mundane form and appearance and become a landmark building.


Developer:  The Air Group Ltd.  Architect: Lee Masters Architecture.  Planning Application P16/S0267/FUL

22-6-2016 Career Opportunities at JPPC

JPPC is looking to recruit a new town planner.  If you are interested in working for a busy and successful planning consultancy based in Oxford please send us a CV with a cover note for us to consider.

Chartered Membership of the RTPI is not essential but experience in a planning environment will be beneficial.

For more details email planning@jppc.co.uk or call and ask for Henry Venners, Neil Warner or Adrian Gould.

21-6-2016 JPPC Appeal Success at Cholsey

JPPC has been successful in obtaining planning permission at appeal for a development of 60 houses in Cholsey in South Oxfordshire.  South Oxfordshire District Council had sought to refuse the scheme but following a local Inquiry the inspector agreed that there would be many advantages to allowing the scheme and given the current lack of a 5-year supply of housing proceeded to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and a S106 agreement.


Landowner: Linden Homes (Chiltern) Ltd

27-5-2016 Planning Permission Granted for Redevelopment in Oxford

Oxford City Council have granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Adventurer public house on Hollybush Row, Oxford and its replacement with a four storey building comprising 5 x 1-bed and 2 x 2-bed flats, together with the provision of private amenity space, bin and cycle storage. 

Officers were satisfied that the building proposed would have an acceptable visual relationship with its surroundings, including the setting of a Conservation Area. It was also agreed that the locality offered a wide range of other public house facilities which would be capable of meeting the same local needs for places to socialise.

 Architect: TSH Architects

27-4-2016 JPPC Secure Residential Permission in South Oxfordshire Village

JPPC has recently been successful in getting planning permission for a pair of semi-detached dwellings in a rural village in South Oxfordshire - Stoke Talmage - where the last new house was built many decades ago.  The number of places where SODC will accept new housing has increased - ask JPPC for details.

14-4-2016 Amendment to General Permitted Development Order 2015

Following recent amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order, the ability to convert offices into dwellings under permitted development has been made permanent - originally, the right was a temporary one and was due to expire in May 2016. Under the amendment to the Order, local authorities can consider noise impacts upon the intended occupants of the development. Where prior approval is granted (or where the local authority deems that it is not required) the change of use must be carried out within 3 years.

Planning Permission for new Residential Scheme in Oxford
JPPC have obtained planning permission (in outline at this stage, with only landscaping details reserved for future approval) for a development of 6no. 2-bed flats, along with private amenity space, car parking as well as bicycle and waste storage on land to the rear of Between Towns Road in Oxford. Oxford City Council were satisfied that the development proposed would make an efficient use of an underused site (previously a car park) and that a residential development would be a suitable re-use of the site. The development was judged to provide good standards of internal and external amenity for future occupants, with a suitable level of off-street car parking.
2-11-2015 Permission Granted for Replacement Dwelling in Cotswold AONB

Cotswold District Council has granted planning permission for the erection of a replacement dwelling, along with a garaged and associated landscaping, within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Stow-on-the-Wold.

The existing dwelling benefits from the fallback position of being able to be extended significantly under permitted development whilst the proposed replacement seeks to offer a similar range of accommodation, albeit offering a much better quality development, along with landscape improvements.

Client: Mr and Mrs L Berman

Architect: Adam Richards Architects

Landscaping: Portus and Whitton Landscape Architects

JPPC Welcomes Two New Members of Staff

JPPC are pleased to welcome two new members of staff to the Consultancy.

Alex Cresswell joins JPPC as a Senior Planner from Kemp and Kemp LLP, having previously worked at West Oxfordshire District Council.

We are also delighted to welcome Natasha Ireland to the Consultancy. Natasha joins us from South Oxfordshire District Council and takes up the position of Associate.

23-6-15 JPPC Successful in Appeal for 18 Residential Units at Milton

JPPC has been successful at appeal.  Planning permission has been granted by an appeal Inspector who agreed with our case that the construction of 18 houses at Milton near Didcot would represent sustainable development.  Vale of White Horse District Council had refused the scheme on the basis that they considered there to be overriding landscape harm but JPPC was able to show that greater weight had to be given to the benefits of the scheme and that any landscape harm would be relatively minor.  Therefore on balance planning permission was granted.

16-06-2015 Successful Planning Appeal at Milton Common

JPPC has been successful in convincing a planning Inspector to grant planning permission following SODC’s refusal of consent for what amounted to a replacement dwelling but not on the site of the original house. 

JPPC gave persuasive reasons as to why the replacement house would be better sited elsewhere and the Inspector agreed.

6-6-2015 Bints Yard, Northmoor

West Oxfordshire District Council has resolved to grant planning permission for 8 new dwellings (5 of which are intended to be affordable) on an existing industrial site at Chapel Lane in Northmoor, subject to the completion of a legal agreement to secure the affordable housing.

The scheme makes use of a derelict site, whose former use was for storage and haulage. Members and Officers agreed that the proposed use would enhance the character of the area, bringing about significant environmental improvements and result in lessened pressure on the local road network when compared to the existing lawful use of the site. Whilst Northmoor is not identified in the current local development plan as a location where such a scale of new housing would be acceptable ordinarily, a clear benefit was demonstrated in the provision of affordable housing to maintain local services.

Architect: TSH Architects Ltd

Client: AWBS Ltd

15-5-2015 Planning Permission Granted for new Infill Dwelling at Drayton

Vale of White Horse District Council has granted planning permission for a 3-bed family dwellinghouse on an infill site within a Conservation Area.

The Council's Officer accepted that the gap between two existing houses was not important to the understanding of how the Conservation Area had developed over time and was content that the design of the dwelling would be acceptable, by virtue of its careful siting and the proposal's use of vernacular features.

JPPC submitted the planning application and prepared a justificatory statement, including a consideration of how the character of the relevant part of the Conservation Area has changed over time.

Architect - The Anderson Orr Partnership

Arboricultural Consultant - Venners Arboriculture

1-4-2015 - JPPC successful in South Oxfordshire Caravan Park Appeal

JPPC has successfully convinced an appeal Inspector that the conditions which South Oxfordshire District Council had applied to a caravan site were excessively onerous and not required.  As such the approved caravan site at Moreton near Thame can now have more caravans and be open for longer each year than was going to be the case.  Other excessive conditions relating to a Construction Traffic Management Plan and a log of visitors have also been deleted.