ALL new large housing developments should come with an an on-site publicly available defibrillator as standard, according to councillors.

A motion calling for the change has been proposed by councillors Ian White and Alan Thompson ahead of a meeting of South Oxfordshire District Council tomorrow.

It wants the council to back plans that would require all new estates of more than 75 homes provided with the life-saving equipment.

If passed officers would explore whether the policy is feasible and then bring forward the necessary planning policies to implement the change.

The number of defibrillators in Oxfordshire has been growing in recent years after a campaign backed by the Oxford Mail.

In 2016 the 'save a life' app launched showing more than 400 across the county but some heavily populated areas are still without easy access.

Retired ambulance commander Dick Tracey - known as Mr Defibrillator - wants to ensure that no one is more than 10 minutes away from a publicly accessible defibrillator.

The motion will be considered at the full council meeting which starts at 6.45pm in the The Fountain Conference Centre in Crowmarsh Gifford.

Other motions set to be considered include proposals to boost the River Thames as a destination for tourism and leisure activities, particularly for young people..

Councillors also want to see all major planning applications find ways of 'facilitating cycle hire schemes' where appropriate.