‘Downton’ village fights new homes

Oxford Mail: Lesley Campbell, front, with fellow residents outside the doctors’ surgery they say is threatened by the extra population that will occupy the new housing developments in and around BamptonPicture: OX64021 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo » Lesley Campbell, front, with fellow residents outside the doctors’ surgery they say is threatened by the extra population that will occupy the new housing developments in and around BamptonPicture: OX64021 Mark Hemsworth

DOCTORS and residents in the village where Downton Abbey is filmed have said its surgery cannot support hundreds of residents new homes could bring.

They fear Bampton – where the population is currently about 3,000 – lacks the infrastructure to support an extra 280 homes.

Developers have put in outline plans for two major estates on green field sites, one of 127 homes by Gladman Developments and the other of 160 by Richborough Estates.

Bampton hit the headlines after ITV’s hit drama was filmed in the village.

The Grade I-listed 12th century St Mary’s Church was used as the place where Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, married her cousin Matthew Crawley, acted by Dan Stevens, at the start of the third season.

But the Bampton Medical Practice and locals fear for the future of the village and say the GP surgery cannot cater for hundreds more people.

Practice manager Sue Gooding said: “It would have a significant impact on the surgery and as we stand at the moment we could not accommodate that number of extra patients.”

Roger Jones, editor of the British Journal of General Practice, agreed, saying: “It seems clear that the resulting additional population will put unsustainable pressure on Bampton’s infrastructure, including its roads and health care.”

He said Dr John Uden from the surgery had said it was now at full capacity in terms of space and clinical resources.

“Without substantially increasing the provision of primary health care services, well in advance of any increase in population size, these developments strike me as potentially hazardous,” he said.

Resident Lesley Campbell said her 89-year old mother Marjorie Holloway had moved to Bampton because of the surgery.

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She said: “It is a fantastic surgery. For existing residents, there are not issues with capacity at the moment but we want to keep it that way.

“It is quite a scary feeling when you aren’t able to see a GP because they are full.”

Fellow resident Phil Waite said: “The GP surgery and Bampton primary school would not be able to cope with an additional 600 people.”

West Oxfordshire District Council is set to decide on the outline plans for the smaller development on Monday, December 16. Officers have recommended refusal.

The larger proposal is due in front of the council for a decision in January.

The council said that consultations have shown there is some capacity to cater for extra patients.

Gladman Developments, the company behind the smaller housing scheme, was unavailable for comment.

Richborough Estates could not be contacted for response.

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10:33am Tue 10 Dec 13

EMBOX2 says...

More expensive though it is, communities would be better served by each village getting a number of houses proportional to the size of the village now, perhaps an extra 2 homes for every 20 that already exist.

Effectively dumping hundreds of homes on small villages is bad - it changes too much, too quickly. I feel really sorry for those near Didcot who are getting 2000 new homes. They will be swallowed up and lose all community, not to mention the nightmare on the roads.
More expensive though it is, communities would be better served by each village getting a number of houses proportional to the size of the village now, perhaps an extra 2 homes for every 20 that already exist. Effectively dumping hundreds of homes on small villages is bad - it changes too much, too quickly. I feel really sorry for those near Didcot who are getting 2000 new homes. They will be swallowed up and lose all community, not to mention the nightmare on the roads. EMBOX2

12:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

NewHinksey94 says...

If it really is a question of the surgery not being able to cope then WODC should secure an extension or new premises funded through the section 106 agreement.
If it really is a question of the surgery not being able to cope then WODC should secure an extension or new premises funded through the section 106 agreement. NewHinksey94

1:35pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Mark L. says...

Same with Faringdon getting 1000+ houses, which will increase it's population by nearly 50%. Yet the Schools are full and you can wait over a week to see a GP.
Same with Faringdon getting 1000+ houses, which will increase it's population by nearly 50%. Yet the Schools are full and you can wait over a week to see a GP. Mark L.

7:47pm Tue 10 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

whats the betting all development will be concentrated n places closer to Swindon than Oxford. That way Oxford is not affected by extra shoppers etc
whats the betting all development will be concentrated n places closer to Swindon than Oxford. That way Oxford is not affected by extra shoppers etc faatmaan

7:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

geoff4280 says...

These developments will drastically change the village for the worst, the current infrastructure not support the additional housing.
The strangest thing is that the development is all at one end of the village I often wonder how Weald has escaped the blight to be visited on the Aston end.
I also wonder who on WODC is to blame for allowing these speculative planning applications to go ahead by failing to produce a Housing Plan.
These developments will drastically change the village for the worst, the current infrastructure not support the additional housing. The strangest thing is that the development is all at one end of the village I often wonder how Weald has escaped the blight to be visited on the Aston end. I also wonder who on WODC is to blame for allowing these speculative planning applications to go ahead by failing to produce a Housing Plan. geoff4280

8:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

ssar1975 says...

The development between Aston Road and Buckland is an example of greed- nothing more, nothing less. That whole area is a flood plain. There is currently a cottage for sale on Buckland Road directly opposite part of the proposed new development which specifically says in the particulars that it is a Zone 3 flood plain and that the current owners had planning permission to build in the large garden refused by WODC because of the flood risk. Yet it's okay to potentially build 147 new houses on a site directly opposite? It is madness. It will spoil a beautiful village which is already bustling and full of people. Quite often the carpark by the post office is full even on a weekday morning- how will that cope with 600 new people let alone the school and surgery? Bampton is a gem in the local area which would be spoiled by the influx of so many extra people, not to mention the increased flood risk and associated costs.
The development between Aston Road and Buckland is an example of greed- nothing more, nothing less. That whole area is a flood plain. There is currently a cottage for sale on Buckland Road directly opposite part of the proposed new development which specifically says in the particulars that it is a Zone 3 flood plain and that the current owners had planning permission to build in the large garden refused by WODC because of the flood risk. Yet it's okay to potentially build 147 new houses on a site directly opposite? It is madness. It will spoil a beautiful village which is already bustling and full of people. Quite often the carpark by the post office is full even on a weekday morning- how will that cope with 600 new people let alone the school and surgery? Bampton is a gem in the local area which would be spoiled by the influx of so many extra people, not to mention the increased flood risk and associated costs. ssar1975

8:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

geoff4280 says...

ssar1975 wrote:
The development between Aston Road and Buckland is an example of greed- nothing more, nothing less. That whole area is a flood plain. There is currently a cottage for sale on Buckland Road directly opposite part of the proposed new development which specifically says in the particulars that it is a Zone 3 flood plain and that the current owners had planning permission to build in the large garden refused by WODC because of the flood risk. Yet it's okay to potentially build 147 new houses on a site directly opposite? It is madness. It will spoil a beautiful village which is already bustling and full of people. Quite often the carpark by the post office is full even on a weekday morning- how will that cope with 600 new people let alone the school and surgery? Bampton is a gem in the local area which would be spoiled by the influx of so many extra people, not to mention the increased flood risk and associated costs.
It should be borne in mind by current residents that new houses built and subject to flood risk will raise insurance costs for the whole village
[quote][p][bold]ssar1975[/bold] wrote: The development between Aston Road and Buckland is an example of greed- nothing more, nothing less. That whole area is a flood plain. There is currently a cottage for sale on Buckland Road directly opposite part of the proposed new development which specifically says in the particulars that it is a Zone 3 flood plain and that the current owners had planning permission to build in the large garden refused by WODC because of the flood risk. Yet it's okay to potentially build 147 new houses on a site directly opposite? It is madness. It will spoil a beautiful village which is already bustling and full of people. Quite often the carpark by the post office is full even on a weekday morning- how will that cope with 600 new people let alone the school and surgery? Bampton is a gem in the local area which would be spoiled by the influx of so many extra people, not to mention the increased flood risk and associated costs.[/p][/quote]It should be borne in mind by current residents that new houses built and subject to flood risk will raise insurance costs for the whole village geoff4280

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