It was clear from the outset that local opinion was against such an huge expansion of Didcot. Individuals and groups invested time and money participating in the planning process, which continues today, 15 years after it started. 

Their input has had no effect in persuading councillors, planners and developers not to dump large houses estates on Didcot’s countryside, other than causing a slight breathing space before development began.

Keep Harwell Rural (KHR) www.keepharwellrural.org
Formed in 1998 when Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) launched a consultation called ‘Which Way Didcot, KHR represented the nearby village of Harwell at the 1999 Examination in Public. 
The group won the main argument that development should be to the north, only to have it overturned by the County Council.
The Vale of White Horse District Local Plan to 2027 plans a further estate that runs right up to the A34, closer still to Harwell village, which is under greater threat than ever before.
Campaign for Sustainable Didcot (CSD)
Set up at around the same time, CSD represented Didcot at the Examination in Public. They brought expert opinion on issues such as water and environmental sustainability throughout the Local Plan process. The group continues to participate in consultations relating to the expansion of Didcot. 

Don’t Dump on Didcot
This group formed after a Local Plan exhibition, where the public felt they were not being told how to officially object to development at Didcot West. The group aimed to raise public awareness, giving local people the information to object and bringing renewed vigour to the protest. 

With help from CPRE, the group submitted an application for 14 well-used footpaths to the west of Didcot to be recognized on the definitive map of footpaths. The application gave details of 63 persons who had used the paths from as far back as 1953 – a high number of responses for such an application. Download footpath map

The group also reported the recently retired developers’ representative, who had become a South Oxfordshire District Councillor, to the Standards Board for voting on decisions about Didcot West.

The group’s view was that Didcot should not expand into the countryside via sprawling, oversized estates. It instead wanted to see the town expand organically, inside the town and with small developments. This view was not shared by SODC and they identified the town as a growth point. ‘Don’t Dump on Didcot’ felt time invested in the planning process would be time wasted and no longer participates in consultations. 

13 Parishes Group
This group opposed development on the north-east site as this would encourage car travel through the beautiful villages on the way to Oxford, via roads already congested, especially at the pinch points across the River Thames. They instead sought to have housing sited at Didcot West, close to the A34, itself congested and above capacity.

The 13 parishes comprised of:
- Wallingford (where the developer’s representative, Nigel Moor, later became Mayor)
- Appleford and Long Wittenham (closest to the north-east site)
- Ten parishes represented by the Oxfordshire County Councillor who had proposed the Examination in Public be ignored (Sandford on Thames, Toot Balden, Nuneham Courtney, Marsh Baldon, Clifton Hampden, Culham, Berinsfield, Drayton St Leonards, Dorchester, Warborough)


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