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The Orchard Centre - Phase II expansion

We are working with owners Hammerson Plc on proposals to expand the Orchard Centre to provide many more retail and dining options for residents and visitors to Didcot's main shopping area.

The Orchard Centre, which opened in 2005, vastly extended the range of shops and facilities in Didcot with the introduction of a Sainsbury’s superstore, lots of medium and smaller sized shops featuring high street names such as Argos, Game and Next, as well as several cafes and restaurants, a cinema and an arts centre.

Despite Didcot’s excellent transport links, the town's growing population and its proximity to the near-by employment centres like Milton Park and Harwell, the town centre is still relatively small and only has a limited range of shops.  Given the size and development of the catchment area it serves we have always intended to make this area bigger and better.

On Wednesday 29 July 2015 our Planning Committee approved a planning application for the expansion of the Orchard Centre which includes more retail units, restaurants, parking, open space and a new gym. For more information please see 'Major boost for Didcot as Orchard Centre £50million expansion is approved'.

To find out more about the plans, including changes that were made to the designs following a public consultation and information about why the bus route will need to change, please see the Phase II display boards This link will take you to an external website... .

Our aim is to create a successful, vibrant, attractive and sustainable town centre for Didcot.

Other town centre projects - 

Didcot Gateway - for information about the comprehensive redevelopment of the area opposite Didcot Parkway Station, please see our Didcot Gateway page.

Last reviewed: 30 - 07 - 2015

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