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Developer drops bid to provide a pavilion
VILLAGERS have hit out at news that a scheme delivering housing and a cricket pavilion in Kingston Bagpuize is not going ahead.
The plan to create 47 homes, a sports pavilion, pitches, cafe and new cycle link was backed by Kingston Bagpuize Parish Council and the village cricket and football clubs.
But the proposal was withdrawn by developers after Vale of White Horse District councillors resolved to refuse it.
The Vale was later accused of adding insult to injury by granting outline permission, subject to a legal agreement, for a 50 homes scheme in nearby Southmoor, on land south of Faringdon Road.
Hannah Woodley, secretary of Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club, said: “There was a plan that would have given the youth improved facilities.
“Instead the Vale of White Horse District council has chosen a site right in the centre of the village, giving the village nothing except additional population and an additional 100 cars.”
As well as providing football and cricket pitches, Ms Woodley said the withdrawn scheme would have provided the homes on the edge of the village, where people would have preferred them.
Ken Dijksman, agent for the scheme for land adjoining the sports ground in Abingdon Road, said: “The Vale decided that it did not want the village to have all these sports facilities, despite all we have been hearing about the legacy of the Olympics, because the scheme involved 47 houses.
“We hear the Government talking about the importance of localism but Vale councillors don’t seem very interested in what local people want.”
Roger Cox, Vale cabinet member for planning, said: “The location was within open countryside and therefore against planning policy.”
Mr Cox said the committee thought the Southmoor proposal was in a sustainable location.
Graham Flint, of Pye Homes, which will develop the Southmoor site, said seven acres of land at the rear of the homes would be made available for village use, possibly with a nature trail, with a further 2.5 acres offered to the parish council.
He said the developers and landowner would support efforts to retain sports facilities at the existing site and consider providing land for sports at an alternative site if that proved necessary.