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       Local Development Framework

          Core Strategy
        Preferred Options

 Joint presentation between the Vale of White
Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils
              What is the LDF?
 It will replace the local plan
 Made up of different documents
 Guide development in the Vale to 2026
 Planning applications will be determined in
  accordance with it
 It must implement national and regional policies
 It allows us to think in different ways
   - Visionary and proactive
   - More engagement with people
The Timetable for the Core Strategy

Issues and options                2007-2008
Consultation on preferred options Jan 2009
Publish draft Core Strategy       Jan 2010
Submit to the Secretary of State July 2010
Public examination                Nov 2010
Adoption                          Sept 2011
           Locating new development
 We have looked at possible strategies
-   Previously developed land in towns, villages and the countryside
-   New settlement           - Public transport corridors
-   Mainly in the towns      - Green fields next to villages

 Our preference is for most to be in the towns
-   People can live near the best range of services and facilities
-   More easily accessed by cycling, walking and public transport
-   Reduce need to travel by car and carbon emissions
-   Help support vitality of the market towns and provide affordable homes
-   Best chance of securing new infrastructure
            Urban concentration
 Locate most new homes, shops and community
  facilities in Abingdon, Wantage, Grove, Faringdon,
  Botley and the western edge of Didcot
 Promote new businesses within Milton Park and
  Harwell Science and Innovation Centre with up to
  12,000 new jobs
 Some extra jobs in the towns close to new homes
 Allow limited development in villages
 Restrict development in the countryside
 At least 11,560 homes required by draft South East
  Plan to 2026
 Of this about 3,400 at Wantage & Grove and 2,750
  in the Vale at Didcot
 Still need to identify land for 4,470 homes
   2,300 homes west of Didcot
   250 homes on the edge of Wantage & Grove
   420 homes south of Park Road at Faringdon
   1,500 homes either south west of Abingdon or
     north east of Wantage
      Shopping and town centres
 26,000 sq m of extra floorspace, 2/3 after 2018
 Concentrate in the town centres
 Rural shops and community facilities
     In and on edge of villages
     Policies to help retain them
 Improve cycling, walking and public transport
 SCOTS shows need for major improvements to roads
  - north east of Wantage
  - west of Didcot
  - a solution for Rowstock crossroads
 Improvements needed to existing roads
   - A338 north of Grove
   - A417 west of Wantage
   - Villages north of Didcot
 Council also pressing for
   - Abingdon bypass        - Lodge Hill slips
   - Marcham bypass         - Drayton slips
                      Rural areas
 Homes
    Schemes up to 15 new homes in the 20 larger villages
    Schemes up to 5 new homes in the 22 smaller villages
    40% affordable homes and rural exception sites
    Infill of 1 or 2 in other settlements
    Essential needs elsewhere

 Jobs - new premises
    Up to 500 sq m in the larger villages and rural business
    For enterprises on their current sites
The main proposals for
 west of Didcot area
                      New homes
 Major growth point in draft South East Plan
 In Vale and South Oxfordshire Councils
 Important to co-operate – to plan comprehensively
 SE Plan housing requirement : 2900 homes in Vale west of
  Didcot : 600 at Great Western Park : need 2300 more
 Land between A4130 and B4493
 Land south of B4493 could be used, particularly if South
  Oxfordshire Council decides to locate housing south of the
Council preference land between A4130 and B4493
Opportunity to create attractive compact neighbourhood
Well related to GWP and close to jobs at Milton Park

 Comprehensive development of this site would include
    Mix of house types including special needs housing
    40% affordable homes
    2 primary schools and a special needs school
    Financial contributions for secondary and further
    Neighbourhood centre with local shops and a community
                                                    Continued
Comprehensive development - continued

 Network of safe and attractive paths, cycle tracks, roads
  and bus
 Network of public open space for play, outdoor sports,
  landscaping and ecology
 Landscaped corridor on the northern edge of the site with
  paths and cycle tracks
 A new road from A4130 to A417
The Council will also
 Promote the continuing development of Milton Park and
  the Harwell Science and Innovation
 Identify the power station for power generation using fuel
  efficient and sustainable technologies
 Find an alternative site to replace the jobs at Steventon
New major transport infrastructure needed:
 Strategic link between A4130 and A417 east of A34
 Scheme to resolve congestion at Rowstock by,
      - either a link from A4130 to A34 Chilton with
        improvements to Featherbed Lane
      - or bypass to Rowstock south of its current line
 Provide public transport, cycle & pedestrian links, including
      - reopen rail underpass to Milton Park for cycle/walk
      - improve public transport – Didcot to Wantage & Grove
      - bus priority measures on A4130, A34 to station
 Safeguard/improve A34 Milton interchange site
 Provide safe places for cycle parking at main sites
             Community Facilities
Require contributions to community facilities
including a secondary school, a science based
learning park and a sports centre.
             Environmental Improvements
 Promote environmental improvements along the A4130
  approach to the town.

 Protect the separate identities of the villages of Harwell,
  Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Appleford by maintaining open
  gaps between them and the expansion of Didcot and the
  major employment sites
         Encourage discussion
Full report  on web, in libraries and Council
Exhibitions and workshops
Comments by 27th February
Publish draft January next year
South Oxfordshire’s
preferred options Didcot

•   Preferred approach to Didcot as set
    out in our Core Strategy

•   Consultation period officially starts
    20 March until 1 May 2009
Core Strategy Vision

 As part of overall vision for the

 Didcot will be strengthened to
 provide new housing with and more
 and better facilities serving a wider
Core Objective 1

 Transform Didcot into a lively thriving
 town ..

 ..through regeneration of the central
 area ..

 .. and construction of urban
 extensions ensuring it meets the
 community’s aspirations for positive
    Overall Strategy
Based on:

•   Recognition that Didcot is part of wider
    growth area in southern Oxfordshire – key
    links with major employment sites and Vale
    Science UK

•   Recognition that the South East Plan
    identifies Didcot as a major growth point

•   Consequently, major change will be
    focussed at Didcot
Overall Strategy
Will involve:
•   Improvements to the central area
•   Identifying land for new housing – town
    centre and urban extensions
•   Providing for retail and employment

•   Ensuring the necessary infrastructure is
    in place to support growth
•   Improving the physical environment of
    the town

•   New shopping centre, arts centre and cinema

•   Being part of the Science Vale UK area of economic

•   Being a housing growth point (government funding)

•   Strong transport links – road & rail

•   Didcot station and improvements to transport

•   Areas of town in need of regeneration – around
    station and Broadway

•   Improvements needed to the transport network
    particularly to support east / west movements.

•   Improved linkages between the station and the
    to centre, Broadway and the Orchard centre,
    and across the railway line are required.

•   Further land for housing is needed

•   New facilities will be needed including tertiary
    education, health and recreation
Didcot – central area
proposed strategy
Didcot – Preferred
Meeting retail need:

•   Promote Didcot as a major district centre

•   Retail study recommends additional 58,800 sqm
    (gross) be allocated to 2026

•   Orchard Centre Phase II likely to provide around
    25,000 sqm (gross) by 2016

•   Provision of remaining 33,800 sqm (gross) to be
    considered as part of Didcot Area Action Plan
Didcot – Preferred

Meeting employment needs:

•   One of the main reasons for housing growth at
    Didcot is its proximity to Milton Park and Harwell
    employment sites

•   These sites have the potential to create some
    12,000 jobs to 2026

•   In terms of Didcot itself, proposed to allocate around
    2 ha of employment land within the town centre

•   Didcot Area Action Plan will identify the land for this
Didcot – Preferred
Meeting housing needs:
•   We need to provide 6000 new houses at Didcot by

•   As part of new Growth Point Status committed to
    providing an additional 1,500 houses by 2016

•   Already granted planning permission for 3,342 of
    these at GWP and Ladygrove

•   This combined with other completions and expected
    housing within town centre means we need to

        1,430 houses by 2016
        450 houses 2016 to 2026
Didcot – Preferred
Didcot – Preferred
Didcot – your views


•   We’ve got 25 mins to discuss the
    directions of growth
•   You’ve got maps showing the
    preferred options
•   Nominate a scribe to capture your
    main points
•   Nominate someone to feedback to
    the group
Didcot – your views

Things to consider:
•   Do you support or object to the main preferred
    option (A)? Give us reasons.

•   Do you support Option A+ or E west? Give us

•   The pro and cons of the two alternatives.

•   Socially, how well do they integrate with

•   Transport implications – your local knowledge
Consultation information

You can find out more about the
• Visit our website
• Document available at council offices
  and local libraries.
• Series of exhibitions (Didcot at
  Cornerstone on 26.03.09)