A parish council has revealed plans for improvements to a recreation ground designed to future-proof it for growing numbers of users.

Bampton Parish Council has lodged an application with West Oxfordshire District Council covering a range of changes.

The proposals include replacing the old multi-use games area at the Buckland Road site which, it says, is old and needs renewing. 

The tennis club wishes to have a third court added and to add floodlighting to allow the courts to be used outside daylight hours and through the winter.

The current skate park is to be enhanced "to provide a more extensive and challenging offer".

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A new play area is planned next to the pavilion with a pump track for BMX riders and a recreation area in existing woodland with woodchip paths and picnic benches.

The application also includes lighting for the tennis courts and MUGA plus three steel storage containers for storing sports, maintenance and ancillary equipment out of view next to the existing pavilion.


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The council has also applied for permission for a change of use for two newly acquired fields north of the recreation ground from agricultural to recreational use to allow dog walking and low-key recreation with two pistes for boules and two all-weather table tennis tables.

The western field is to be fenced and is to be used as a dog walking facility.

The car park will be enlarged to cater for 100 cars with improved access off Buckland Road and disabled parking bays, minibus parking and covered cycle stands will be added.

A planning statement in support of the application says the ground and pitches are regularly in use at weekends and in season but there is no formal layout for the car park.

"As a result parking is ad hoc and inefficient such that on busy days the number of cars that can be accommodated is not sufficient.

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"The car park is often also the subject of cars being used for anti-social use such as ‘doughnutting’ (i.e., skidding round in circles on the loose surface)."

The parish council "wishes to remedy this situation by formalising the car parking layout and making it as efficient as possible, while at the same time increasing the potential capacity in order to future-proof, as far as possible, more users of the facilities as these are improved and added to".

It adds: "This will include, in time, an extension to the existing pavilion, which is not part of this application."