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Didcot - other developments

Here you can find out about the other development projects taking place in Didcot:

Didcot Parkway Station

Multi-storey car park

Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) and Network Rail, on behalf of Department for Transport (DfT) and OxLEP, are preparing a scheme to build a new six storey car park at Didcot Parkway to increase the amount of parking spaces available for those using the station.  

screening opinion was submitted for this proposal in 2015.  We have now confirmed that an Environmental Statement isn't required so the car park can be built as permitted development (ie work can proceed without requiring formal planning approval).  Construction is set to last two years and the entire Foxhall Road car park will be closed during this time - work is expected to begin in Spring 2016.

Temporary car park

While the Foxhall Road site is out of action a temporary 814 space car park is to be located at Hill Farm.  Plans for the temporary site were approved in November 2015 and it is expected to be open in time for when work begins on the new multi storey.  

Other improvements to the station

In 2014 major improvements were carried out to the station forecourt at Didcot Parkway.  This included the improved 'Didcot Interchange' access for buses, new bike stands and taxi rank, improved parking, better drainage and an eye catching piazza.  The project was funded by Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Network Rail and First Great Western.

Land at the former Didcot 'A' Power Station

Didcot 'A' Power Station closed in March 2013 after 42 years of service with the towers and adjacent buildings being demolished from 2014 to 2016.  Didcot 'B', a gas fired power station remains in operation but the closure of Didcot 'A' will release a large area of land for new uses.

We are working with Vale of White Horse District council and operators RWE npower to plan the decommissioning and demolition of Didcot A Power Station, and the redevelopment of the site.

Applications for outline planning permission for up to 400 homes, large and medium space for business, a 150 bed hotel, pub/restaurant, open space and infrastructure were submitted to both us and the Vale in June 2015.  There are expected to be determined in February 2016.  You can see these proposals on our website and on the Vale's website.

North East Didcot site

This is a proposal for 1,800 homes to the north east of Didcot, just north of the Ladygrove development.  The land is being promoted by the University of Reading and Croudace Homes as the North East Didcot Partnership. It was allocated for new homes in December 2012 in South Oxfordshire District Council’s adopted Core Strategy; a planning policy document that sets out the vision for development across the District to 2027.  

The development would be built in stages and will include a variety of new community facilities for new and existing residents to use.  An application for outline planning permission (with details of means of access only) was submitted in August 2015.  

For more information please see the North East Didcot Partnership website.

Didcot Leisure Facility

We are working to bring a new leisure facility to a site in Didcot.

With Didcot's population increasing there is a clear need for a new leisure facility which will meet the needs of local residents and help showcase the town to a wider audience.  The proposed facility will be very much part of Didcot's future as the town continues to develop, with a large number houses and community facilities set to arrive by 2027.  

Ongoing discussions are taking place towards locating the facility at the new North East Didcot site (see above).  It is hoped that we will be able to reach a formal agreement for the site in 2016, after which we will be able to provide more information about the design and facilities that may be included.
 
If you wish to receive updates, or have any questions please email leisure@southandvale.gov.uk.

Last reviewed: 17 - 11 - 2015

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