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The Vale of White Horse approved Botley Baptist Church’s planning application in November 2010, to build a community-centered, people-focussed building to include a coffee shop, several meeting rooms, student housing and of course, the Church.

Following the Vale’s decision to award the redevelopment of the Botley shopping precinct to DORIC in 2012, which includes a larger area for a more comprehensive development, voices of negativity have been gathering steam in the community. Some say it represents a minority, other say not.

Members of Botley Baptist Church are of the opinion, a negative agenda does not serve the cause it espouses. Along with many others, several individuals have made a positive contribution to the dialogue with the Vale and DORIC, by participating in meetings and discussion groups, and writing letters to voice their points of view, helping shape a significant development in our lives.

We commend the Editor of The Sprout for publishing a letter from Adam Rankin, which redresses the balance of opinion, making a positive contribution to the dialogue. In keeping with our aspiration to be positive, we are happy to reproduce a scanned copy of the letter:

SPROUT – December 2013

Additionally, Ted Beaver (Secretary) wrote to the planning officers at Vale, supporting DORIC’s planning application which is keeping with our own hopes and aspirations.

Letter to VOWH