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The Oxhill News

June 2007

This months News



The Leys Field

As most people will know, the Leys is the six-acre field behind Main Street and the houses on the left going up Whatcote road. 

My father, Jim Taylor, and his brother Robin owned and farmed Kirby Farm for many years, their father having bought it in 1919.  During the 1960s, they sold the land bordering Whatcote Road and Main Street for houses to be built but retained the field behind.

In 1969 they sold the farm but kept this field.  In time, ownership passed to their widows, my mother and aunt and, since then, ownership of one half has passed to my sister and me and the other half to our three cousins.  Therefore it is inevitable that the field has to be sold.

To that end, a small developer has been approached and asked to prepare some proposals for the site that will not only allow us to seek permission to develop it but we hope will also bring added facilities to the village for the benefit of the whole community.  By approaching a smaller developer, we seek to retain some control over the site and its development, which may be lost if one of the larger national house-builders became involved.

The developer whom we have approached has developed similar schemes in rural locations and has appointed a firm of Architects and Planning Consultants to advise upon the development potential of this site.  Their proposals are based on an investigation into local planning policy, a review of the Oxhill Village Survey and a meeting with us to further develop their understanding of the village and its needs.  Following their appraisal of this information they have identified the following needs within the community:

- Low-cost starter homes

- Small, three bedroom family homes

- A good number of retirement/elderly persons’ accommodation in bungalows and apartments

- A new Village Hall/Community Building

- An adjacent building for community use

- The potential to retain and refurbish the existing village hall to provide a further community facility

- Children’s play area

- Village green

It is our wish that any possible development be dealt with in an open and honest way, thus reducing the potential for the sort of supposition and speculation that often leads to so much misunderstanding. We also wish the Village to have the opportunity to comment on the proposals as they are developed.

To this end, the Developers and Architects are holding a meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 13th June at 7.30 p.m. to give them an opportunity to present their ideas and plans and to receive your feedback.  It will start with a presentation at 7.30 p.m. followed by questions.

Posy McDonald

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