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Cash boost for Didcot Garden Town

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced a £6.2 million cash boost aimed at accelerating the delivery of Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road.

The funding will go to South Oxfordshire District Council to help them deliver this “critical” transport link around Didcot.

According to the government it will be key to the success of Didcot Garden Town, which is expected to deliver over 15,000 homes by 2031.

It is hoped the funding will help to relieve pressure on local transport networks and accommodate the area’s expanding communities.

The government said the investment will boost economic growth across the Science Vale Enterprise Zone and increase employment by 20,000 over the next 20 years.

Sharma said: “We need to deliver the right infrastructure in the right places to speed up house building and deliver the homes this country needs.

“This £6.2 million funding is excellent news for the Oxfordshire area, promising to boost local growth and turbo-charge the delivery of thousands of new homes.”

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. So 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.

“Once completed, the road will relieve pressure elsewhere in the town and provide a real boost to other garden town proposals.”

The remainder of the funding needed to deliver the Northern Perimeter Road will come from contributions secured from developers building nearby housing developments and additional business rates income from Didcot’s second enterprise zone.

The government has also awarded grant funding for infrastructure projects to drive the deliver of housing projects across England. These include £2.6 million for the regeneration of Poole Power Station in Dorset; £1.25 million to fund infrastructure in the Waterside area of Nottingham and £9.6 million for the development of Parkhurst Urban Village on the Isle of Wight.

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