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"Deeply Damaging"

How English Heritage described the development of The Elms in 2012.


"Important Open Space"

How South Oxfordshire District Coucil classify The Elms


The Elms Development in the Press

Here are a number of letters that have beeen presented mostly against this development from residents of the town of Thame. Only one response in favour of this development has been noted, and that is from the Chairman of the company proposing to develop housing on the site of The Elms.

A letter published on thamenews.net on November 15th 2013

This letter refers to the English Heritage report presented by Richard Peats to the Thame Town Council in October 2012, where he concludes that "[the] proposals are considered to be deeply damaging to both the setting of The Elms and the conservation area as a whole".There are also references to a TTC meeting which took place on 20th November 2012 where TTC appeared to endorse the change from a proposed 35 dwellings up to 45.You may be interested to note that all bar Cllr Dodds and District Councillor Carter were present at this meeting, and only one, objection was raised by an (unnamed) councillor who was "totally against any development on The Elms"This meeting is a matter of public record, although you need a crowbar to get a copy of the minutes !

A letter published on thamenews.net on December 5th 2013

This letter http://www.thame.net/archives/11650 is an abbreviated version of the original. A contentious paragraph was requested to be removed, under threat of legal action.

Richard Branson had this to say in The Thame Gazette on December 13th 2013

The letter is again on page 11 of the digital edition http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=6446a95c-86e9-4312-972c-15e767dcc772 and refers to the way that some people believe the development of The Elms appears to have been mandated by the 'Yes for Thame' vote in April 2013.

Ron Clanfield's letter published in The Thame Gazette on December 20th 2013 highlights the logistical challenges

The letter is on page 11 of this digital edition http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=aa910ca1-7be9-4983-9670-505e025b589f and discusses the problems that additional trafic exiting the development might pose on the already busy thoroughfares of Southern Road and Nelson Street.

On January 10th 2014 the Thame Gazette carried a feature and a letter from Rectory Homes chairman, Simon Vickers

This feature can be found on Page 5, and the letter on page 11, of this (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=d25f9243-3c73-42c0-9de7-043db18de3ec digital edition of the Thame Gazette.Mr Vickers offers his thoughts on the recent letters to the various Thame news agencies and presents what he believes are advantages of the development for Thame as a whole.

On January 24th 2014 Ron Clanfield had a letter pubilshed in the Thame Gazette regarding opinions on the process by which it was decided to up the allocation to 45 homes which are to be slapped in the middle of Thame

This letter is on page 11, of this (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=709e9fe3-45e0-4aba-a2b5-5ff9fc685f20&skip=true) digital edition of the Thame Gazette.

On February 5th an article on Thame dot net

The comments in the article are very revealing.

In the February 7th edition of the Thame Gazette, David Ullathorne, chief executive (sic) Rectory Homes, has a letter published in response to Ron Clanfield's

The letter is on page ten of the Thame Gazette and can be found hereAs well as reminding us of all the good work that his organisation do in and around Thame, it also highlights that 76% of the referendum's turnout voted for the plan and thus endorsed his company's desire to rip the heart out of the elms (my words, not his)

Also note that on February 7th, in the same edition of the Thame Gazette, Ron Clanfield is congratulated by Freda and George Dorrell for his letter the previous week

Again, page ten of that publication hereThanks to Freda and George Dorrell for bringing some sanity to that page