Bloor Homes and Dare Warwick (Properties) have been granted consent for up to 750 homes at Ladygrove in Didcot.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee approved the outline plans at its March 16 meeting. The 29.4-hectare site is to the east of the existing Ladygrove scheme.

The committee voted to grant permission for 642 homes in 2006 but a s106 agreement was not completed. Bloor Homes bought a stake in the scheme in 2018 and brought forward the latest scheme which will have a 40 per cent allocation of affordable homes and include six hectares of parkland.

Councillors at the March 16 meeting were told a section of the Northern Perimeter Road (NPR3) which is being built to the east of the site with funds from the applicant will be not be completed before around 150 of the homes will have been built.

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie said she understood why developers need to get funds from house sales before providing money for infrastructure but regretted there was not an alternative. Refusing the scheme, she said, would lead to an appeal the council would lose.

She added: “I’m asking people to support it because opposing is only going to be a cost to the council, and therefore the people of our county, in money and time.”

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