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Anger at 1,400 homes plan

Proposals to build 1,400 homes around Boorley Green near Botley have been submitted for outline planning. The proposals, which could also pave the way for a new primary school, community hall, pub, supermarket, allotments and sports pitches, would change the look of the area.

Residents say developers shouldn't have put in a planning application in advance of a decision from a government inspector. While developers say the proposals will boost the local economy, those opposed see it as a threat to their community.


Construction company fined over near-death fall

The collapsed floor planks and steel beam that caused Mr Akinola's injuries Credit: Health & Safety Executive

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay a hundred and sixty thousand pounds in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete.

Bola Akinola fell more than four metres when steelwork supporting concrete floor planks failed, causing the material to collapse, at a site in Westerham, Kent on 9 May 2009.

Mr Akinola, from Littlehampton, suffered life-changing injuries including multiple fractures to his pelvis, leg and arm.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Esher-based Landmark Groundworks Ltd for serious safety breaches.