Didcot Garden Town proposed changes to be discussed

Released on September 3, 2017

Changes to the Didcot Garden Town plans will be taken into consideration by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council next week.

Following a six-week consultation, earlier this year, the councils received good responses with many suggestions due to be discussed at the Joint Scrutiny Committee meeting on 12 September. 

The committee will discuss increasing the number of public toilets and ensuring any facilities built are fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Proposals to complete a feasibility study Cow Lane bridge will include an option for two-way cycling and walk traffic rather than just pedestrianising the area.

The consultation responses suggested that the specific needs of young people should be given more consideration when planning new community buildings and plans should also consider including a running track for Didcot.

Greater prominence should be given to Hakka’s Brook in East Hagbourne to increase its biodiversity with similar plans to Moor Ditch in Didcot.

Gerry Brough, Interim Head of Development, Regeneration and Housing at the council said, “We are grateful for all the opinions and suggestions we received from residents and stakeholders.  Local knowledge and expertise is vital in helping to shape the garden town and surrounding villages.”

Following the Joint Scrutiny Committee meeting the proposed changes will go to both South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council meetings in October for approval, before the plan is finalised and published.

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Further information:

To access the calendar of meetings and agendas all the district council meetings, please visit South Oxfordshire District Council website.

Didcot was awarded garden town status by government in 2015, which will provide a mix of new affordable homes, schools and jobs whilst preserving the villages and countryside around the town.

It is one of only 10 UK Garden Towns and has significant investment planned in the town.  It will help to support the creation of 15,000 new homes for those wanting to live, and create a future for their family, close to the many new jobs that will be created in the Enterprise Zones. 

The masterplan has recommendations for new schools, health and leisure centres and other services and proposes to work the county council, highways and the emergency services to ensure the services delivered in Didcot and the surrounding area are of the highest quality.