Views on Didcot Garden Town help to shape final proposals
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council leaders have welcomed the views from thousands of residents, businesses and the wider community on proposals for Didcot Garden Town, stating that local people’s input has been invaluable and will ensure the final proposals are fit for a 21st century garden town.
The Didcot Garden Town proposals are now being updated, following this extensive engagement programme, and will no longer include proposals for a new technical college and associated flats in Ladygrove.
Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council said: “I am delighted with the level of interest and debate the proposals for Didcot Garden Town has raised. Thousands of individuals and organisations have commented, many offering innovative ideas about what a garden town should include. Importantly we have listened to people’s views and are amending the plans accordingly, to ensure our final plans reflect the needs and wishes of local people.”
The councils are now working to amend the plans - ensuring people’s views are taken into account. The final Didcot Garden Town Delivery plan will be published for consultation in May.
In January South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils revealed their innovative draft Masterplan for Didcot Garden Town. These initial plans included a better connected town centre, significant new public open space, a new leisure centre, the potential to upgrade the station, a mix of affordable and private rented homes, and new infrastructure. This followed input from residents who had been asked what they wanted to see from a Garden Town.
Cllr Bill Service, Leader of Didcot Town Council, said: “I am grateful that the councils have listened to peoples’ views, and I fully support the wider proposals for Didcot Garden Town. These innovative plans will put Didcot on the map as a place to visit, live and work for many decades to come.”
Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Didcot Garden Town will benefit thousands of residents in southern Oxfordshire. We’ll see many new facilities, a vast increase in the amount of public open space, and it will also help to ensure we get the infrastructure needed to support the new homes in the area.”