VILLAGERS have another chance to speak out on plans to build 2,200 homes on their doorstep today.

Eynsham Village Hall will host the first public exhibition on a preferred options paper for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village, as part of an eight-week consultation.

The site, located north of the A40 near Eynsham, is set to include a science business park, a school and community resources.

But many Eynsham residents have previously criticised the proposals, with the Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign group 'closing' the A40 last July to illustrate how the road will become the centre of 'Eynsham town' when the development is built.

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Today's exhibition, which runs from 2pm to 8pm, allows people to comment on the preferred options paper, which sets out how the garden village should be taken forward.

This includes a draft vision for the development and plans for policies such as active travel, green space provision and climate change.

Residents' views will influence the final draft Area Action Plan, which West Oxfordshire District Council is aiming to publish later this year.

The garden village is a key element of the district's local plan, which sets out how to build 15,950 houses and supporting infrastructure in West Oxfordshire between 2011 and 2031.

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It will also unlock funds for infrastructure and transport improvements, including upgrades to the A40.

Construction of a park-and-ride north of Eynsham is expected to start next year, with the district council expecting the new facility and the nearby Hanborough railway station to give people an alternative to using their cars.

Another exhibition is at Hanborough Pavilion on September 20, with the current consultation finishing on October 11.