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"Deeply Damaging"

How English Heritage described the development of The Elms in 2012.


"Important Open Space"

How South Oxfordshire District Coucil classify The Elms


Town Plan Can Be Changed!

Town Plan Can be Changed But Council Continues to Refuse to Acknowledge The Elms as an Issue

The fantastic news that the Town Plan can be changed was delivered at last night's Full Council meeting at Thame Town Hall.  Following an impassioned statement from the Elms Petition Group, Mrs Beryl Guiver Of South Oxfordshire District Council, confirmed that a Neighbourhood Plan could be changed by virtue of undertaking the plan process again.

A spokesperson from The Elms Petition group has responded to this by saying "When do we start?"

Supported by a substantial proportion of the residents of Thame, The Elms Petition group suggests that the only amendment that needs to be made is deleting The Elms from the Neighbourhood Plan.  Of course, the housing currently earmarked for The Elms is already reallocated to other sites in the case that development of The Elms does not happen.  As this is the case, clearly the existing plan minus The Elms can be put up for public consultation with minimal cost and in the shortest timespan possible be passed by a further referendum.

The remainder of the meeting went as anticipated, with the council proceeding to give a dressing down to those that are opposing The Elms inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan.  Consisting of a well orchestrated defence of any wrongdoing lead mostly by Cllrs Dyer, Welply, Lambert and Butler and finally being brought to a close by a motion of confidence in the Neighbourhood Plan which was unanimously passed allowing the councillors to give themselves a good pat on the back for a job well done.

Once again, the Town Council were given the opportunity to acknowledge that there is an issue with the town plan but they continue to ignore the calls of over 2000 petitioners including the 150 strong crowd in attendance.