'Still time for hotel suggestion to go ahead'

Ann Ducker

Ann Ducker

First published in News

A COUNCIL leader has pledged that talks will continue with developers over plans to build a new hotel in Didcot.

In May, South Oxfordshire District Council leader Ann Ducker, pictured, urged Cranbourne Homes to abandon plans for 72 flats opposite Didcot Parkway station so a hotel could be built there instead.

The Abingdon-based property firm has permission to build the flats on the site of the former Great Western Hotel in Station Road.

But it has now submitted a second planning application for the same site for car parking to continue there on a ‘temporary basis’ for two years.

The firm declined to comment on its latest application, but Mrs Ducker said the move would allow talks to continue between the council and the firm.

District council officers are working on a ‘masterplan’ for the redevelopment of the site opposite Didcot Parkway, so it can become a gateway to the town centre and the Orchard shopping centre. One of the key elements for the land, referred to as ‘Didcot Island’, is the hotel.

Mrs Ducker said: “This application to continue with car parking on the site could give us some breathing space for our talks with Cranbourne Homes.

“It is not unhelpful to have the car parking spaces available for commuter parking but ultimately we would like to see a hotel there and we hope there will not be too long a hiatus over this.

A spokesman for Cranbourne Homes confirmed in May that talks were taking place with the district council.

The company declined to comment on the latest application.

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7:32am Thu 19 Jul 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Is there anyone rich enough to finance an hotel in Didcot but who has not been sectioned?
Is there anyone rich enough to finance an hotel in Didcot but who has not been sectioned? Lord Palmerstone
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12:59pm Thu 19 Jul 12

osney terrier says...

Surely if the council wanted a hotel there,the invite to tender should have been specific....
"land available for hotel development"
This is hardly lightly to happen now, if the company concerned has planning permission for flats.
Surely if the council wanted a hotel there,the invite to tender should have been specific.... "land available for hotel development" This is hardly lightly to happen now, if the company concerned has planning permission for flats. osney terrier
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2:54pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Diddyman says...

I've said it before and I will say it again, the councillors in this town are a joke!! Get rid of the lot of them and get some new younger blood in that knows what’s going on! Most of these councillors are 2 birthdays away from a care home, that is if they haven’t destroyed them too! :-)
I've said it before and I will say it again, the councillors in this town are a joke!! Get rid of the lot of them and get some new younger blood in that knows what’s going on! Most of these councillors are 2 birthdays away from a care home, that is if they haven’t destroyed them too! :-) Diddyman
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2:23pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Tricky dick says...

I remember the last time i read about the reasons for people to visit Didcot and stay in the Hotel, some were Wittenham clumps, The Railway museum and the Ridgeway walks. Hilarious seeing as there was a hotel there before for well over 30 years with numerous famous people staying there and the Prince of Wales next door, theres a reason those hotels arent there anymore..... Stop wasting good taxpayers money on useless ideas and use it for childrens facilities within Didcot.
I remember the last time i read about the reasons for people to visit Didcot and stay in the Hotel, some were Wittenham clumps, The Railway museum and the Ridgeway walks. Hilarious seeing as there was a hotel there before for well over 30 years with numerous famous people staying there and the Prince of Wales next door, theres a reason those hotels arent there anymore..... Stop wasting good taxpayers money on useless ideas and use it for childrens facilities within Didcot. Tricky dick
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