THAME: Public voice their opinion on plan for 45 homes on The Elms

The Elms, Thame
The Elms, Thame

More than 100 people turned out to a public meeting held by campaigners to discuss the controversial housing development on The Elms.

It was a full house as the audience settled to hear the Elms Petition Group speak at the meeting at the Thames Barnes Centre last week.

The evening was split 
into two parts, beginning with a presentation on the potential development and finishing with an open discussion where the public were encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns.

The presentation covered a brief history of the Thame Neighbourhood Plan and explained how the planning application for 45 homes on The Elms came about.

Audience members were shown how they could register their opinions on the plans with the South Oxfordshire District Council.

The open discussion lasted more than an hour and covered topics including the validity of the ability to have the land removed from the Neighbourhood Plan right through to the increased traffic to the access roads including Elms Road, Nelson Street, Southern Road and the High Street as a whole.

Tom Marianczak, part of the campaign group, said: “Following a show of hands, it became clear that less than half the 130 strong crowd had actually seen the plans for themselves.

“There was an audible gasp when the first image of the flat roofed, yellow brick designs where shown on the big screen.”

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