Didcot won its garden town status in 2015. The next step on Didcot’s journey towards sustainability is to adopt a masterplan drawn up following several months of lively community engagement. The draft masterplan – the Didcot Garden Town Delivery Plan – will be going out for public consultation late this month.
A vision for a confident and innovative town
The town centre will be better connected; it will have safe cycle routes to key locations, including Harwell Campus, Mowbray Fields nature reserve, Didcot Parkway railway station, the allotments and Culham. And shoppers can look forward to a £50m expansion of the Orchard Centre shopping and street improvements to Broadway, including space for a market and open-air events.
On the Gateway site opposite the railway station, there will be a mix of affordable and private rented housing with shops and places to eat and drink. And there are plans for new businesses and homes on the close by Rich’s Sidings site. There’s even the long-term potential to relocate the railway station.
Infrastructure for a thriving community
A growing town needs the infrastructure to support it, including a new road from the railway station to the Harwell Science Campus. Technology will ease traffic flows when the next generation of traffic lights are able to talk to each other and respond to approaching emergency vehicles.
The proposed plan also includes recommendations for new schools, health centres and other services. It gives residents a glimpse into the potential of Didcot Garden Town.