Relieved residents of Wroxton found out this week that an Oxford college considering building on the fringe of their historic village has abandoned its plans.
Worried villagers feared their settlement would be increased by a third if up to 35 homes were built at Laurel’s Farm.
Trinity College’s plan included three football pitches for Wroxton Sports Club, which acts as a home for clubs from Banbury.
Residents believed a questionnaire circulated at a public exhibition in November would skew the nature of the true feelings of the village, since a number of Banbury sports enthusiasts had given their views.
Their own door-to-door survey showed well over 90 per cent were against development outside the village’s accepted planning category, limiting building to conversions and infill construction.
This week Trinity said the plan was never for as many as 35 houses but it had listened to residents and taken notice of their feelings.
Spokesman Kevin Knott said: “On balance and in line with its undertaking to listen to the community, the college decided not to pursue its proposals.”
He said Trinity would be liaising with Wroxton Sports Club with a view to supporting it financially to acquire a new pavilion. Resident Kevin Robinson said: “I am confident the village will be very pleased with Trinity’s concern and respect for the views of the residents. We look forward to forging a stronger relationship with the college in future.”