Problem of new homes is dumped on our doorstep, say Didcot councillors

Herald Series: Didcot Town Council leader Margaret Davies Didcot Town Council leader Margaret Davies

VALE of White Horse District Council is dumping its housing problems on Didcot’s doorstep, the town council leader says.

New figures reveal Didcot could double in size as more houses are planned to be built around the town.

An extra 400 homes – on top of 2,150 already announced – have been earmarked to be built west of Didcot as part of the Vale of White Horse District Council local plan.

Didcot lies in South Oxfordshire District Council, but the border with the Vale is just west of the town.

Didcot Town Council leader Margaret Davies said: “This is a substantial social shock and I am very worried about the traffic situation.

“We are being sliced into a sandwich between the Vale and South Oxfordshire. Vale seem to solve their housing problems by dumping them on Didcot.

“Didcot would double and the people who live in those houses would be very isolated from the town and its services.”

Vale published its draft local plan last year in which it planned sites for 13,000 new homes, mostly in Wantage, Grove and Didcot.

But that number was based on the regional South East Plan, and has since been scrapped by the Government.

To calculate a new figure, all five Oxfordshire districts had to re-estimate their housing need with a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).

Herald Series: Matthew BarberMatthew Barber

But the Vale published its own figure, and its idea of where homes should be built, in its new draft Local Plan for development on Friday.

Vale leader Matthew Barber said: “As part of the local plan we are producing an area action plan for Didcot to look at the detail of infrastructure, including community infrastructure.

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“We don’t want any of the communities we build to be just stuck on, that is why it is important that we plan ahead.

“The real hard slog is when you build the houses, working out how to build the community as well.”

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4:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Diddyman says...

It's not just the extra 400 earmarked for Didcot that will cause a problem. What about the 400 at the Power Station site, 2000 at Harwell and the 1500 at Milton Heights, the nearest town and shops for these developments is Didcot. So this will be a real problem that needs to be addressed ASAP. All these builds mentioned are Vale of White Horse, Didcot is SODC so we won't even get the council taxes from the VOWH developments either. In a nutshell Didcot and the surrounding villages have had it!!
It's not just the extra 400 earmarked for Didcot that will cause a problem. What about the 400 at the Power Station site, 2000 at Harwell and the 1500 at Milton Heights, the nearest town and shops for these developments is Didcot. So this will be a real problem that needs to be addressed ASAP. All these builds mentioned are Vale of White Horse, Didcot is SODC so we won't even get the council taxes from the VOWH developments either. In a nutshell Didcot and the surrounding villages have had it!! Diddyman
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4:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

EMBOX2 says...

Don't think they can build on the power station land, as it's so contaminated?
I know there will be a Didcot C application going in in 2015/2016 for a second gas station, as Didcot B is scheduled for closure in 2023.

Anyway, yes the local area has had it - all these new houses, no new infrastructure, if you live in Appleford (or what will become just Didcot) or Long Wittenham, good luck - you'll be gridlocked every morning, more so than you are now....
Don't think they can build on the power station land, as it's so contaminated? I know there will be a Didcot C application going in in 2015/2016 for a second gas station, as Didcot B is scheduled for closure in 2023. Anyway, yes the local area has had it - all these new houses, no new infrastructure, if you live in Appleford (or what will become just Didcot) or Long Wittenham, good luck - you'll be gridlocked every morning, more so than you are now.... EMBOX2
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4:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

downsview says...

Didcot is an easy opt out for cllrs who cant /wont look to build more homes in Abingdon where the infrastructure is more developed and where a sizeable new development SW of the town beyond Tithe farm could have seen a new A34junction along with a new southern relief road and a new bridge over the Thames.

Have to say when NPower come up with their proposals for Didcot 1 redevelopment there will be even more homes planned for Didcot which is already struggling to cope with the massive increase in population Road network is a joke though the town council should have made a much bigger push to get what is now going to be built N of Ladygrove built south of the town to facilitate a proper southern link road to relieve the traffic pressures through both Hagbournes & up Hagbourne Hill.
Didcot is an easy opt out for cllrs who cant /wont look to build more homes in Abingdon where the infrastructure is more developed and where a sizeable new development SW of the town beyond Tithe farm could have seen a new A34junction along with a new southern relief road and a new bridge over the Thames. Have to say when NPower come up with their proposals for Didcot 1 redevelopment there will be even more homes planned for Didcot which is already struggling to cope with the massive increase in population Road network is a joke though the town council should have made a much bigger push to get what is now going to be built N of Ladygrove built south of the town to facilitate a proper southern link road to relieve the traffic pressures through both Hagbournes & up Hagbourne Hill. downsview
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5:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Gunslinger says...

Let's face it, that's what South Oxfordshire have been doing for years. You don't see proposals for much new housing in Henley or Thame either.
Let's face it, that's what South Oxfordshire have been doing for years. You don't see proposals for much new housing in Henley or Thame either. Gunslinger
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6:41pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

If you happen to buy one of these homes - don't forget which party/councillor claimed that you were "dumped" upon them...
If you happen to buy one of these homes - don't forget which party/councillor claimed that you were "dumped" upon them... Andrew:Oxford
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8:42pm Thu 6 Mar 14

HPG says...

Wheres the south oxfordshire leader then? Someone bit higher up the ladder than a local counciler....tit for tat....wasnt it Didcot counciler who said they wanted to build sports fields on other councils land!
O, and the Power Station land came under Abingdon too!
Wheres the south oxfordshire leader then? Someone bit higher up the ladder than a local counciler....tit for tat....wasnt it Didcot counciler who said they wanted to build sports fields on other councils land! O, and the Power Station land came under Abingdon too! HPG
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