Oxfordshire garden town wins £6.2m government cash injection

South Oxfordshire council has received a £6.2m government windfall to accelerate the delivery of more than 15,000 homes in Didcot garden town.

Alok Sharma, housing minister, has awarded the funding to allow the council to complete Didcot’s northern perimeter road.

The government hopes the cash injection will help relieve pressure on local transport networks and accommodate the expanding communities in the local area.

Didcot garden town is a locally-led development which aims to build over 15,000 homes by 2031. It was awarded garden status by the government in December 2015. Under the government’s definition – garden towns or cities must provide at least 10,000 new homes. Those which qualify, attract a package of funding and support and benefit from some planning relief.

Councillor John Cotton, leader of south Oxfordshire district council, said: “The district council made a commitment to residents in Didcot that the garden town project would deliver infrastructure. I’m really pleased that we are able to fund the completion of the northern perimeter road - a project that has been sat waiting for years.”

The remaining funds needed for Didcot’s northern perimeter road will come from contributions from developers responsible for nearby housing developments and additional business rates income from Didcot’s second enterprise zone.

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse district councils have finished consulting on their delivery plan on 31 July. The responses received will be considered, with a final plan due to be published in the autumn.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has also awarded funding for critical infrastructure to drive the delivery of large-scale housing projects in Dorset, with £2.6m for the regeneration of Poole Power Station which received £1.25m for infrastructure in the Waterside area and the Isle of Wight where £9.6m will be channelled towards the development of the Parkhurst Urban Village.

Across England, government is supporting the council-led development of 10 garden towns and cities, as well as 14 garden villages.new

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