Didcot Garden Town

Didcot has been named as a Garden Town by the government.  Our dedicated Didcot Garden Town This link will take you to an external website...  website is now live.  For more information about the project and to give us your feedback and ideas on how we can make the town an even better place, please click the link above.

What is a Garden Town?

It’s a town that will provide affordable homes, schools and jobs whilst preserving the countryside around Didcot and a comfortable way of life.

How will Didcot be different?

We’ll encourage new housing and business developments to include more green spaces, trees, gardens, allotments, walking and cycle ways in their plans for the town. We’ll also look at doing the same for when we renovate and improve existing areas of the town.

Does this just mean more houses?

It’s no secret that a lot more homes are going to be built in and around Didcot over the next 15 years.

Being a Garden Town means we’ll be able to apply for more money from the government to support those new communities with the roads and facilities they’ll need whilst helping us all to travel around Didcot more easily.

One of the ideas behind Didcot Garden Town is to preserve the green gap between Didcot and the surrounding villages – this will benefit residents of all of these villages, as well as residents in Didcot itself.

When is all this going to happen?

Right now we’re working on a plan of action. We’ll use this to explain how we will:

  • consult with local community groups and individuals
  • keep people informed about the Garden Town
  • decide what government funding we should bid for and how
  • use our powers as the local planning authority to make sure developers around Didcot take its Garden Town status into account when proposing new developments.

Stakeholder Group Representative Meeting - 19 January 2017

The presentation from the Stakeholder Representative Group Briefing held on on 19 January 2017 and the summary of the engagement process up to 18 December 2016 can be found at the following links:

- Stakeholder Representative Group Presentation - Part 1, Engagement and Vision (1.8 MB) PDF

- (533.0 KB) PDF Engagement Summary Document (554.8 KB) PDF

- Stakeholder Representative Group Presentation - Part 2, Housing and Infrastructure (4.9 MB) PDF

- Stakeholder Representative Group Presentation - Part 3, Landscape and Masterplan Strategy (4.6 MB) PDF

- Stakeholder Representative Group Presentation - Part 4, Masterplan (9.7 MB) PDF

- Stakeholder Representative Group Presentation - Part 5, Governance and Next Steps (840.3 KB) PDF

Comments and questions raised at this meeting will be recorded as part of the engagement and will be added to the second phase of our community engagement

Key points from the draft plans will be published on the Didcot Garden Town website www.didcotgardentown.co.uk from week commencing 23 January 2017 and South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils are urging everyone who lives, works and visits Didcot and the surrounding villages to comment on these initial proposals.

The final draft Didcot Garden Town Delivery Plan will be published for public consultation in the spring of 2017, followed by a six week consultation.

Please note that these are our initial ideas and aspirations, following public engagement over the past few months and may change once we have carried out feasibility studies, testing, detailed discussions with landowners, potential funders and developers and further community engagement.

Everyone will have an opportunity to comment further when individual planning applications are brought forward.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Garden Town project.

Ladygrove Briefings - 15 and 16 February 2017

Over 300 residents of Ladygrove attended briefing sessions on 15 and 16 February regarding the initial garden town proposals.  At these sessions the council presented the proposals and the rationale behind these, followed by the opportunity for residents to express their opinions. A copy of the slides from the briefing sessions can be found here (6.6 MB) PDF

Last reviewed: 17 - 02 - 2017

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