DEVELOPERS took six years to review plans for a new 23-hectare technology park in Didcot.

Reef Group, a developer from London, is seeking planning permission for the scheme off the A4130 on Hill Farm, immediately south of Appleford.

The plans, which include a data centre, waste management site, and a battery storage facility, were first submitted in 2016 by developers Pro Vision, of Hampshire.

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Following a formal consultation in 2017, developers then changed and took six years to review plans and submit an updated draft to apply a Local Development Order (LDO), which is something local authorities use to simplify the planning process. 

If the LDO were granted, it would allow the district councils to set “clear rules” for developing the entire site to help speed up planning applications for individual parts as usual. 

A spokesperson for Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We held a formal consultation in 2017 on a draft LDO for the Didcot Technology Park. 

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“Using the comments from this engagement, the developer has reviewed their plans and submitted an updated draft LDO, which needs a new formal consultation. 

“An LDO can help to speed up the delivery of a development once it is in place and setting up an LDO can take some time”.

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Public consultation is open for the application until May 25. To comment, visit planning application reference P17/V2490/LDO.


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