Housing minister Alok Sharma announced the funding, 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.
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.”
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) chief executive, Nick Walkley said: “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.
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:
- £2.6m for the regeneration of Poole Power Station in Dorset
- £1.25m to fund infrastructure in the Waterside area of Nottingham
- £9.6m for the development of Parkhurst Urban Village on the Isle of Wight