A DEVELOPER has bought part of Didcot A Power Station.

The coal-powered station has not been used since it closed in March last year after 42 years.

Clowes Developments says it could be used to build housing or for commercial purposes after agreeing a deal with RWE npower to buy 47 hectares of land.

The value of the deal is confidential.

RWE npower still owns the rest of the Didcot A station, while the gas-fired Didcot B station is unaffected by the deal.

Steve Boughton, head of development for RWE npower, said: “We are pleased to have reached agreement on the sale of part of the Didcot A site to Clowes Developments.

“This disposal provides a fantastic opportunity to redevelop a substantial previously developed site close to the centre of Didcot.

“We wish Clowes every success and look forward to working together as neighbouring landowners.”

Clowes chairman Charles Clowes said: “I am delighted that we have been able to agree this land deal, which will see the derelict site being transformed to bring new jobs and housing to the area.

“I look forward to working closely with our development partners Graftongate to make best use of this prime site.”

The developer will now submit a planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council later this year.

The station is due to be demolished this year.