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Homes would double an Oxfordshire village's size

Designs for a housing development that could double the size of an Oxfordshire village have gone on show.

Developer Persimmon Homes wants to build 2,500 homes on the former airfield in Grove, near Wantage.

The plans include provision for three schools and a shopping centre. Grove's population would potentially increase to 16,000.

A public exhibition began on 16 July and will continue on Saturday at the Old Mill Hall in Grove.

The government wants 55,000 new homes built in Oxfordshire by 2026, with the Wantage area likely to take a share.

'Best facilities'

Grove Parish Council chairman Frank Parnell said it is inevitable that new homes will be built and called on residents to get involved.

"We need to make sure we get the best facilities, the best site, the best development. We need to have input from local people," he added.

Persimmon Homes is expected to submit an outline planning application later this year.

A statement read: "There will be a considerable amount of open land for existing and new residents to use and enjoy."

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