Builders plan 2,000 homes at Didcot
DEVELOPERS have put forward proposals for a 2,030-home estate on land north east of Didcot.
Croudace Homes has submitted early plans to South Oxfordshire District Council seeking its views.
The development would include a leisure centre, nursery, primary schools, secondary school and a care home.
A pub, restaurant and motel would also be built on the land – owned by Reading University – between the A4130 and the B4016.
The £15m new leisure centre proposed by the district council is on land off the Avon Way roundabout, opposite the Ladygrove estate.
The land has already been earmarked in the council’s core strategy of where major development will go between now and 2026.
Finer details will need further approval and work would start early next year, with the first homes completed later in 2014.
Croudace hopes to build 200 homes a year up to 2026. The council is allowing for 10,000 new homes across the district – about 9,000 in Didcot.
Hundreds have already been built for the planned 3,300-home development at the new Great Western Park estate off the A4130.
District council leader Ann Ducker said: “This will not be quite as large as Great Western Park, but it’s a major development for the town.
“With such a large housing estate you have to make sure there are enough facilities to go with them, and there will be more discussions with the developers before a planning application is submitted.
“This proposal is not going to please everyone, but we need to try to get the best deal for everyone in terms of what facilities are going to be provided.”
Town council leader Margaret Davies said: “Until now people in Didcot have not had a proper overview of what is going to be built there.”
She is pleased the core strategy does not allow development along the site’s Moor Ditch, an ancient drainage channel marking the boundary between Appleford and Long Wittenham parishes.
Mrs Davies said: “This scoping document is important because it gives the public a chance to have a look at the infrastructure.”