Detailed plans by Persimmon Homes Wessex for 172 homes in Didcot have been approved by Vale of White Horse District Council.

The homes, part of a planning application for 4,254 homes at Valley Park which was approved last year, were given reserved matters approval at the planning committee’s September 27 meeting.

The homes – 59 of which will be transferred to a housing association partner – will be delivered as part Persimmon’s zero-carbon ready scheme.

It will be a ‘no-gas site’ with all properties equipped with air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging points and solar panels, as well as cycle storage. P 

Persimmon Homes Wessex managing director Julian Roper said: “We’re delighted to secure planning permission for our first residential phase of 172 zero-carbon ready homes at our exciting new Valley Park development in Didcot. 

“We’re proud of our application which was commended by councillors and demonstrated our commitment to the principles of sustainable, high-quality development, which will deliver a choice of homes to meet local needs. 

“Teaming up with our consortium partners, the scheme will bring substantial social and economic benefits to the area, including an investment of over £50 million for schools, roads, transport and local healthcare provision. Our initial phase will also see us transfer 59 quality new homes to a local housing association partner.

“Throughout the planning process we have engaged extensively with key stakeholders, including the district council and respective local parish councils, to understand the needs of nearby communities and ensure their priorities have been accommodated where possible.

“Thanks to their positive cooperation, we’re now set to address local housing needs and expand home ownership opportunities for hundreds of local families in Didcot.”

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