A campaign group in Eynsham is holding a protest march against plans to develop 3,200 houses in the village.
The Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign (EPIC) will march along the A40 to the toll bridge on Saturday April 21 to protest against West Oxfordshire District Council’s “deeply flawed” Local Plan.
Campaigners from EPIC said the plan to bring 3,200 new houses would cause gridlock on the roads around the village.
A spokesperson for EPIC said: “Despite hundreds of consultation responses from Eynsham residents, WODC persists with their deeply flawed plan.
“So EPIC has organised a demonstration for the people of Eynsham to shout loudly about what is wrong with the plan.
“We Eynsham residents are not NIMBYs. In our own Neighbourhood Plan, we have agreed to 750 new homes that local people can afford.
“We know that building on a scale of 3,200 homes and new roads will encircle our village, destroy our community spirit, pollute our air and turn us into a badly planned town.”
More than 740 people signed EPIC’s online petition that was presented to the council on Monday before the consultation period closed for ‘further main modifications’ to the Local Plan 2031.
The petition calls on the council to develop housing “for local needs” that “doesn’t ruin our countryside”.
Jolyon Cox, who signed the petition, said: “This deeply cynical and mendacious Local Plan flies in the face of reason and entirely negates the much-vaunted but imaginary concept of ‘localism’.
“It also utterly fails to take into account the catastrophic effect it would have on the hugely overloaded A40, congestion on which will not be alleviated in the slightest by the county council’s half-baked plan for bus lanes.”
Kathy Peltan added: “Peak time travel on the A40 is already a misery for anyone trying to get to and from work – and that’s before any of the thousands of planned houses in Witney have been built.”
She added that the roads will be completely gridlocked if the Garden Village, which will feature 2,200 of the proposed 3,200 homes, goes ahead.
A WODC spokesperson said: “Everyone has a right to protest peacefully but we would strongly recommend that for safety reasons EPIC liaises with the police and Oxfordshire County Council if they are marching on the public highway.”
Protestors will gather at 10am on the green at the top of Witney Road.