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Will Elms petition signed by 2,000 people be enough?

The Elms in Thame, which a campaign group is aiming to protect from development

The Elms in Thame, which a campaign group is aiming to protect from development

A campaign group has collected more than 2,000 signatures on a petition to save a town centre meadow from development.

The Elms Petition Group is imploring South Oxfordshire District Council to rethink the building of 45 new homes – 18 of which will be affordable – on The Elms in Thame town centre.

The group wants to see the site removed from the town plan and the houses reallocated to the two other sites highlighted in the town centre plan – Lord Williams’s Lower School and land north of the Oxford Road.

Elms Petition Group spokesman Peter Webb said: “It seems that the improvements they are making to the park are all going to be for the benefit of the developer.”

Mr Webb said the proposed relocation of the basketball court, the chopping down of trees and new artificial ‘mounds’ would not have any positive effect for residents.

A spokesman for Rectory Homes said: “For absolute clarity, there is no proposal whatsoever to build on the existing public park, contrary to recent comment.”

They said section 106 money will be used to fund improvements to the park, but exactly what those will be are yet to be decided by the council and local people.

The Thame Barnes Centre will host a public meeting on the application on Thursday, August 14 from 7.30pm.

 

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