Campaigners braved the wet weather to show their opposition to a plan to build 3,500 homes in their area.
A residents’ march on Monday evening set off from Clifton Hampden village hall, with campaigners ‘celebrating the green belt’ and denouncing ‘ridiculous’ housing targets for the area.
The development is set for land adjacent to Culham Science Centre and forms part of South Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan, which outlines housing targets until 2031.
Caroline Baird, a campaigner and resident, was among those who walked around the main road so motoriosts could see them, said: “We need to celebrate the green belt all around Oxford and we ought to show people the scale of these plans.”
She said: “The infrastructure for such a development is just not in place. Aside from that, Clifton Hampden and Culham are villages. You can’t just stick a town in the middle of two tiny villages.”
Helen Marshall, from Oxfordshire’s Campaign to Protect Rural England said: “CPRE thinks this is one of the most worrying proposals out of all of the ones that have come forward over the last few years.
“It’s driven by ridiculous, over exaggerated housing targets that are forcing more and more unsuitable sites to be brought forward in order to meet very short-term targets.
“But this is a site within the green belt, there is very little in the way of supporting infrastructure and we feel that it would a very dangerous precedent for the green belt as a whole.
“The point for the green belt is that people have confidence it is a permanent designation and for the benefit of nature and people, to give them access to the green space on their doorstep.”
Out of the 3,500 homes, 750 homes are planned for development under the existing infrastructure by developers CEG. Their representatives declined to comment.