Opposing this development is vital to
1) preserve East hagbourne as a village. This development, if allowed, would mean continuous houses on both sides of New Road from the centre of Didcot to the centre of the village, which would make East hagbourne a suburb of Didcot rather than a distinct village. The existing single field which would be built on provides a small but important break in urban Didcot, with outstanding views of the area of outstanding natural beauty beyond it. No doubt with this barrier removed further infill will follow with the edge of didcot then the edge of east hagbourne. Look out blewbury!
2) prevent further traffic congestion on the roundabout at the bottom of New Road in Didcot. Since the opening of the new Aldi store in April 2015, traffic on this roundabout and ensuing congestion has increased markedly. This roundabout, which has 5 roads joining it is vital to access sainsburys, the station, orchard centre, tescos, ladygrove etc. putting more housing on New Road will only add to the load.
It is clear that new homes must be built in Didcot and south oxon. However, it is obvious that these are best placed in Gwp, and this already represents a susbstantial increase in the size of Didcot. Gwp does not encroach on village settlements, and has accompanying infrastructure such as the new school, and is well placed to exploit the multi million pound investment in the a34 milton interchange upgrade.