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Residents' DIY homes plan for 250 properties
7:10am Monday 7th July 2014 in News
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.’’
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