Oxfordshire is set to benefit from thousands of new homes and improvements to local transport networks thanks to a £6.2 million government cash injection, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Government funding has been awarded to South Oxfordshire district council to accelerate the delivery of Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road – a vital piece of local infrastructure.
As a critical transport link around Didcot, it will be one of the new roads that will be key to the success of Didcot Garden Town, a locally-led development which aims to build over 15,000 homes by 2031.
This funding will help relieve pressure on local transport networks and accommodate the expanding communities in the local area.
The infrastructure investment promises to boost economic growth across the Science Vale and enterprise zone, increasing employment by 20,000 over the next 20 years.
Housing and Planning Minister, Alok 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."
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said "We are investing record amounts in improving our roads which will lead to faster journeys, less congestion, more job opportunities and better community links.
"The Didcot northern perimeter scheme will benefit motorists and support the vital development of thousands of new homes, boosting the local economy."
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Chief Executive, Nick Walkley added "This autumn, the HCA will relaunch as Homes England with the ambition of creating a better housing market. We’re determined to get more homes built now and increase the rate of future development.
"This development is a fantastic example of how we fund infrastructure which is the vital first step in developing a new garden town, creating a new community and providing much-needed homes and jobs."
The government’s Housing White Paper sets out how well-planned, well-designed new communities have a crucial role to play in meeting the country’s long-term housing needs. Across England, government is supporting the locally-led development of 10 garden towns and cities, as well as 14 garden villages.
Didcot Garden Town’s delivery plan sets out a vision for the development of high quality housing and the transformation of the local area. Good design is at the heart of the plan, prioritising high quality public and green spaces. In keeping with its location at the heart of Oxfordshire’s Science Vale, cutting-edge technology will underpin and enable development.
A mix of affordable and private rented homes will be supported not only by new roads but by a host of other new facilities, including new cycle paths, a leisure centre, new schools, shops and more green spaces. Guided by residents, this development promises to rejuvenate the area whilst retaining the unique character of Didcot town.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has also awarded grant funding for critical infrastructure to drive the delivery of other large-scale housing projects across the country. This includes:
- £2.6 million for the regeneration of Poole Power Station in Dorset
- £1.25 million to fund infrastructure in the Waterside area of Nottingham
- £9.6 million for the development of Parkhurst Urban Village on the Isle of Wight