Leaders have said the identities of Wantage and Grove will be preserved by the planned new boundary changes published yesterday.
A report of where Wantage town will end and Grove village begin was revealed ahead of a full meeting of the Vale of White Horse District Council (VOWHDC) on Wednesday, July 16.
Grove leaders have welcomed the plans which they say protects the village’s identity.
Grove parish council chairman June Stock said: “We are very happy that the green area between Grove and Wantage is staying.
“We do join up with Wantage for several things, but most of the residents in Grove like to keep the separate identity of living in a village.
“I think that is mainly because there is a more friendly atmosphere in Grove.”
Grove resident and parish councillor Frank Parnell added: “We are reasonably happy as long as they keep the gap between Wantage and Grove that they pledged to do.”
As part of the plans the planned 1,500-home development at Crab Hill north-east of Wantage, which is currently in Grove parish, would become part of Wantage.
A 200-home development planned at Stockham Farm north-west of Wantage would also be moved from Grove into Wantage.
However a 90-home phase two of the same Stockham Farm development north of the canal by Downsview Road is to remain in Grove.
The report into the boundary change states: “The old canal line provides a good man-made boundary and for the purposes of this review the development is best treated as two separate entities.”
However Wantage town councillor Charlotte Dickson, who is also on VOWHDC said she will be asking for that decision to be revised at the meeting on Wednesday at The Beacon in Portway.
She said: “We are a little bit frustrated by Stockham Farm being cut in half.
“People will be a bit disjointed because their neighbours will be under a different authority – so they will be voting differently.”
The plans are to be decided at the meeting from 7pm – which is open to the public.