David Jackson, a 38-year-old lawyer who’s lived in Henley for four years, is fronting the campaign.

“The schools are already oversubscribed, and the roads are always gridlocked in the morning during rush hour,” he told the Herald.

At last week’s meeting Dr Catherine Taylor, a senior partner at Henley Medical Centre said they wouldn’t be able to cope with so many new families.

“They’re already stretched to capacity and they can’t physically extend it because it’s built on a flood plain,” said David.

“It will be even harder to get appointments and waiting time will increase. Henley has a high percentage of older people in its population, a lot of people retire to the area. They rely on that medical centre.”

The land is currently owned by Henley resident, Halina Poloczec.

Over the last 30 years there have been several applications to build on the site, including one in 1993 to put up an ice cream factory.

Most of these have been either withdrawn, or refused by the district council because the site is in the greenbelt.

David is confident this application will be refused too, but he said: “The trouble is you can never be sure.”

Next to this application, there are plans for 110 more homes on land north of New Road.

With a population of just 3,000, campaigners say an extra 192 homes could increase the town’s size by up to 20 per cent.

The medical centre couldn’t cope with one of these developments, Dr Taylor said, and granting the Bear Lane application “would set a dangerous precedent for development west of the railway station,” said David.