Oxford University yesterday won planning permission for its controversial £29m depository for the Bodleian library on the Thames flood plain. The Daily Telegraph

Objectors, among them the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Oxford Civic Society, argued that it was an act of folly to build it on the flood plain.

The university argued that the new store was vital for the 400-year-old library, providing a modern facility to store 7•8 million books.