Latest information about the planning appeal

Dear Patron,

Many of you will have received an email from South Oxfordshire District Council informing you that A.C. Lester & Son Ltd have decided to go to Appeal with regard to their planning application to erect flats adjacent to the Corn Exchange in the car park to the rear of Lloyds Bank. You will remember that we fought the original application vigorously as we were concerned about the potential for new residents to complain about noise from the Corn Exchange theatre and cinema and thus limit our activities or – worse – shut us down.

We are writing to let you know that we will be mounting a robust defence at the Inquiry and to this end we have engaged a solicitor and acoustic engineer who have specialist knowledge in defending theatres and music venues against this kind of threat. Additionally, we will need to appoint an experienced Counsel to represent us.

If you would like to show your support for the Corn Exchange you can do so online using this link

Alternatively you can send your comments to:

Holly Dutton

The Planning Inspectorate

Room 3J, Temple Quay House

2 The Square

Bristol BS1 6PN

You will need to quote the Appeal reference APP/Q3115/W/20/3249052 and express any concerns you have about how the development will impact the Corn Exchange and threaten its ongoing business. Please don’t forget to cite the benefits of the Corn Exchange to our local community as well. If you sent in objections to the original planning application, they will be forwarded by SODC to the Planning Inspectorate, and you may feel that is sufficient to represent your concerns. Either way, we are very grateful for any support you can give to your community theatre and cinema.

Needless to say, this is going to be a very expensive exercise for us and we are also facing the problem of no income for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Whilst we appreciate that these are very difficult times for everyone, if you do feel able to contribute towards our fighting fund we do have a page on Virgin Money Giving where we are listed as Sinodun Players (the charitable arm of the organisation who own the building) rather than Corn Exchange. You can access this page here

Roger Dewell Chair, Corn Exchange Wallingford Ltd.

Julie Utley  Chair, Trustees

Gloria Wright Chair, Sinodun Players