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Not on our patch say protesters

Oxford Mail: Left to right: Trevor Milne-Day and Lesley Campbell with Bampton residents protesting at proposed building of new homes at WODC planning offices at Woodgreen, Witney Left to right: Trevor Milne-Day and Lesley Campbell with Bampton residents protesting at proposed building of new homes at WODC planning offices at Woodgreen, Witney

CAMPAIGNERS packed a meeting yesterday to object to a plan for 160 homes being built in Bampton.

But councillors at the West Oxfordshire District Council meeting ruled to defer the decision until a site visit had been carried out.

The proposal, for land off New Road, was recommended for approval by council officers.

Objectors in the village – where scenes for ITV show Downton Abbey are filmed – raised concerns about possible flooding on the site and its impact on the character of Bampton.

Up to 60 people from Bampton attended the meeting.

Trevor Milne-Day said: “We don’t think there should be no development in Bampton, but don’t think it should be at the expense of the village.”

Bampton and Clanfield councillor Martin Barrett proposed the site visit. He said: “This could lead to severe flooding problems which would not only devastate future residents but current residents in the area. I have seen the site and know the site.

“I think we would be failing in our duty of due diligence if we do not give councillors the chance to see the site.”

Danny Parkinson-Witte, of Richborough Estates, said: “We are, of course, disappointed the decision has been deferred.

“We understand that questions have been raised with regards to flooding risk in the area by local residents.

“We fully appreciate these concerns and would like to reiterate that the proposed development and its drainage strategy will not increase flood risk.”

The Lowlands planning committee is next due to meet at the district council’s office in Woodgreen, Witney, on March 17.

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1:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

EMBOX2 says...

So long as it doesn't increase the flood risk, and I doubt Bampton would be in a flood risk area being up quite high, then there is no reason these homes shouldn't go ahead.

If every village took 1 new house for every 20 existing ones, we'd solve the housing problem and mean the massive estates near Didcot, Grove and Oxford wouldn't need to go ahead. It might also mean we get some kind of community, not just faceless, bland estates where nobody knows your name.
So long as it doesn't increase the flood risk, and I doubt Bampton would be in a flood risk area being up quite high, then there is no reason these homes shouldn't go ahead. If every village took 1 new house for every 20 existing ones, we'd solve the housing problem and mean the massive estates near Didcot, Grove and Oxford wouldn't need to go ahead. It might also mean we get some kind of community, not just faceless, bland estates where nobody knows your name. EMBOX2
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