Didcot was first designated as a growth area in 1979 and is likely to grow by another 9,000 homes 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 30,000 residents by 2016. The town has been given garden town status by the government.
With this rapid growth Didcot has a real opportunity to improve its local facilities and develop a strong image.
We have been in a New Growth Points partnership with Government to access much needed funding for this purpose. This has provided funding to help bring forward the growth in Didcot and to promote Didcot as a Brilliant place to live, work and visit.
The growth projects include:
- the expansion of the existing Orchard Centre to draw more people into the town centre by providing new shops cafes, bars, and community facilities as well as new residential accommodation.
- development of an enhanced image for Didcot which includes the promotion of the Brilliant Didcot branding which can now be seen on the newly opened Ladygrove Loop and will feature on the new railway station signage
- natural green spaces for Didcot
- upgraded access, parking and forecourt at Didcot Parkway Station - completed in 2014
- creating a gateway to Didcot opposite the station
- the creation of the Ladygrove Loop an integrated walking, cycling and ﬁtness route round the edge of the Ladygrove estate - completed in 2011
- public art for the existing Orchard Centre - completed in 2014
We are also working with the Homes and Community Agency and the Vale of White Horse District Council to produce a delivery and action plan that will identify what needs to be done to make sure that the planned growth of Didcot is successful.
The plan will build on past work and surveys which have led to the Core Strategy for South Oxfordshire and also the Master Plan for Didcot Town Centre as well as the emerging Local Plan for the Vale of the White Horse District Council.
We will involve Didcot residents and others with a keen interest in the town in developing proposals that support the housing growth at Didcot and that help make it a vibrant and exciting place to be.
Last reviewed: 29 - 02 - 2016