Historic Cotswold Village

Sustainable Stonesfield

200 houses in Stonesfield - we were wrong!

We have discovered that WODC told Thames Water that the allocation of new houses for Stonesfield is 248 (Thames Water Scoping Study Report November 2016). That, plus the 50 new houses already under construction, would increase the village population by 300 houses (46%) in just a few years.

What effect would that have on just one aspect of our village life: the school? The 50 houses currently being built will increase the school to capacity at 160 pupils. It will have to use two temporary classrooms that five years ago WODC condemned as unsuitable. If all the houses that are in the pipeline for permission were built, the number of children needing to attend would rise from 138 (current) to 266 or more. There are not enough classrooms, the kitchen won’t be able to produce the meals, the toilets will be inadequate, and drop-offs by car turn into a nightmare.

It would be good to hear from residents what you think might be the solution, especially as WODC have not shared these plans for our village, with the community here.

Please come to the public meeting at 7.30 pm on Monday 27 March at Stonesfield village hall to share information about the planning processes and offer your views on what sort of housing developments our village needs and wants.

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