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£6.2m to unlock 15,000 new homes in Didcot Garden Town

10 August 2017

The government has set aside £6.2m to speed up the construction of a new road around Didcot.

The cash injection was announced by housing minister Alok Sharma and will see the long-awaited Northern Perimeter Road receive funding which is hoped will boost housing in the area.

The road is seen as crucial to the success of the Didcot Garden Town initiative which plans to build 15,000 new homes by 2031 along with facilities such as schools, shops and a leisure centre.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was supporting the to relieve pressure on local transport networks and to accommodate the expanding communities in the local area.

The infrastructure investment promises to boost economic growth across the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone, increasing 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 £6.2m funding is excellent news for the Oxfordshire area, promising to boost local growth and turbo-charge the delivery of thousands of new homes.”

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