Back in May, we wrote about a campaign to save Brandy Island, near the village of Buscot, in Oxfordshire. We gave our backing to the campaign, which opposed the development of a marina on one of the most tranquil and unspoiled stretches of the River Thames.
Brandy Island has a timeless character and is popular with local people and walkers, who come in their thousands to enjoy its peace and the chance to glimpse the otters, kingfishers and other wildlife that call this idyllic setting home. The development of a boat hire business would lead to increased noise and traffic, changing this calm, tranquil haven forever.
Yesterday evening, these development plans were approved by the Vale of White Horse Council. The National Trust is extremely surprised and disappointed by this outcome, having expressed strong objections to the proposal. The campaign to save BrandyIsland has received a huge amount of support from local people who know the site and understand the impact this development would have on the local community and environment.
We support new development where it’s appropriate for the local area, but in this case development threatens the things that make BrandyIsland special. We are now considering our options, to decide how we respond to this unwelcome news.