PLANS for a new green, sports fields and sites for 250 homes in a village near Abingdon have been revealed.
A committee of residents in Drayton who spent the last two years creating the Neighbourhood Plan presented their final draft to the village.
The plan also proposes speed humps, new road surfaces and erasing white lines on roads to slow traffic and make the village safer.
Some 269 villagers attended a drop-in at Drayton Village Hall.
Retired university administrator Peter Clare, who has lived in Drayton for 30 years with wife Jenny, said: “The great thing is that the village as a whole is behind it. It makes things a lot better than it would have been with uncontrolled development.”
Created by the 2011 Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans allow residents to decide how their area should develop, and where new homes might go.
If the plan is approved by an inspector and passes a village referendum early next year, anyone submitting a planning application will have to demonstrate they have taken the plan into account.
A Vale of White Horse District Council spokesman said: “It is great to see so much energy and commitment that embraces change and sees it as an opportunity to improve the village.”
Village campaign group Drayton2020 chairman Andrew Bax said: “The response to the plan was positive, but there are concerns about traffic.’’
Our top stories:
12:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014
OXFORDSHIRE’S fire service has been praised following an independent peer review.
9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
THREE women who ran an ‘efficient and professional’ brothel in an upmarket Oxford street were sentenced yesterday.
8:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
A FRAUDSTER who used a card skimming device at a cash machine to steal money from a woman’s bank account has been jailed.
1:17pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
REG Hayes, Britain's longest serving Scout has died.
11:04am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
A WOMAN accused of stabbing a man on an Abingdon tow path has appeared in Oxford Crown Court.