Didcot was first designated as a growth area in 1979 and has been developing ever since. In 2015, the town was awarded garden town status by the government to help plan for the expected 16,000 homes due to be built over the next 20 to 25 years. As a result, the town's population is expected to increase from 15,000 in 1981 to over 62,000 residents by 2031.
Didcot is an exciting place to be and the next 20 years will see 20,000 new jobs created in and around the town and the Science Vale area. Didcot Garden Town plan sets out how we are going to manage this growth effectively and efficiently and secure new funding from government. With this growth Didcot has a real opportunity to improve its local facilities and develop a strong image.
The Didcot Garden Town plans include:
- a mix of affordable and private rented housing for new and existing residents.
- the expansion of the existing Orchard Centre which is now completed in the town centre and is providing a mix of high street names and independent shops and businesses, restaurants and bars.
- newly built facilities to support the increase in residents, such as new schools, community centres and leisure centres.
- easy access to open green spaces and parks to include sports facilities and relaxation areas.
- plans to encourage local food growing and public spaces to host community events.
Last reviewed: 21 - 01 - 2020