A new pressure group looks set to be created in Bodicote following a packed meeting in the village to voice their concerns about developers building homes near the village.
Parish council chairman Ron Glynn led Monday’s meeting which had to be relocated from the cricket club to cope with the large numbers, and following its conclusion a pressure group separate to the parish council will now be formed to fight the council against any future developments.
Mr Glynn said: “The meeting itself was very successful and the church was absolutely packed – there were no seats left and people were left standing at the back. I wanted to find out what the village’s feeling was against these developments and it was very strong.
“The pressure group is exactly what I wanted to happen. I told everyone that they all had two choices; they can go home and close their doors and forget about this or they can do something about it.”
Bodicote has been the subject of many planning applications over the years, with the latest one being approved by Cherwell District Council at last Thursday’s planning meeting.
This new application on four-and-a-half acres of agricultural land will see 95 homes built on land south west of Cotefield Business Park off the Oxford Road.
It will comprise a mixture of two, two-and-a-half and three-storey properties with 35 per cent designated as affordable housing, but can only progress if a neighbouring development of 82 homes is completed on the northern part of the site.
Also approved at last Thursday’s planning meeting were the first facilities approved at the new Longford Park, including a doctors’ surgery, nursery and convenience store. The buildings will be on land east of Oxford Road and south of Canal Lane
Mr Glynn is pleased that those living in the village are taking a stance against developers wanting to build homes near Bodicote, and added that he hopes the pressure group can pursue the district council about any further developments.
He said: “We have seen so many sites for homes that have been sent to Cherwell District Council that are earmarked Banbury but are actually in theBodicote parish.
“This recent development of 95 homes isn’t even mentioned in the Local Plan. The document is 318 pages long so the meeting was also to make people more aware of what was inside and how it will affect Bodicote in the future.
“If there were only 15 people who turned up I would know what the opinion was of the village but to see the church packed means it was a great success.”
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