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Bee Gee Robin Gibb joins protest over Thame homes

Robin Gibb and wife Dwina outside town hall
Image caption The Gibbs are protesting at plans to develop a pig farm into a housing estate

The former Bee Gee Robin Gibb has joined a protest over plans to build hundreds of homes in Oxfordshire.

Mr Gibb and his wife Dwina, who live in Thame, are opposed to a 530-home development and claim residents were not given enough notice of the plans.

The singer has submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out how town council decisions have been made.

Thame Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council have both launched consultation exercises.

'Let down'

The plans are to develop a pig farm in the north-western part of the town.

The residents, who have set up The Say No to Site F (Pig Farm) Action Group, are concerned the development would cause picturesque views to be lost, flooding to properties and increased traffic problems.

Mr Gibb said: "It's not something people have been consulted about and that's why I am here, that's why I feel very strongly about this case.

"People need more knowledge about what's going on and more time to find out about that knowledge."

The site had been ruled out by public inquiry inspectors after previous applications.

Mrs Gibb added: "To say residents feel totally let down is a massive understatement."

The proposals are set to be discussed by South Oxfordshire District Council in November.

Residents have until 29 October to log their views.

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