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Didcot A Power Station site housing plan approved

Former Didcot A Power Station Image copyright Andrew Smith
Image caption Development will take place on land formerly occupied by Didcot A Power Station

A new development close to where four men died at the site of the former Didcot A Power Station has been approved by planners.

About 400 homes, a supermarket, hotel, restaurant, and office space received outline planning permission from Vale of White Horse District Council.

They will be built less than 300 metres from where the men died when a boiler house collapsed in February.

Cooling towers that used to occupy the plot were demolished in 2014.

Didcot A power station closed in 2013 after 43 years of use.

Contamination investigation

Clowes Developments, the applicant behind the project, has also agreed to build 32% of affordable housing and to put £2.4m towards a new bridge and link road.

The council said more than 4,000 jobs would be created from the industrial and commercial parts of the development.

The planning committee, which voted unanimously in favour of the application, said several key conditions still had to be met, including a legal agreement to secure the affordable housing, and the outcome of investigations into possible noise pollution and contaminated land.

The development covers 46.4 hectares of land near Didcot, Sutton Courtenay and Milton.

South Oxfordshire District Council, which covers 9.5 hectares of the proposed development, will make its own decision in August.

Image caption The Didcot Power Station site layout in 2014
Image copyright Isherwood McCann
Image caption The proposed development is south of where a boiler house collapsed in February

The application was opposed by Sutton Courtenay Parish Council and Didcot Town Council, which raised concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety, and possible contamination.

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