A computer-generated image of the two planned data centres

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and consistent with Government advice,
a virtual public consultation is being organised with a website, helpline and dedicated email address.

A year ago Willow Developments LLC consulted with the community on its proposals for two data centres on a site formerly occupied by Didcot Power A Power Station.

Early in 2020 there was some engagement with those local to the site. Subsequently, changes were made to the scheme including considering the comments made by local residents.

Now Willow Developments LLC are to re-engage with the public on their revised plans. Changes include reducing the height of one of the buildings to a single-storey and the number of standby generators has been cut from 54 to 34.

Cloud-based computing is a growth area across Europe, including in Oxfordshire’s Science Vale. Data centres are a key component of a modern economy and society. They are the enabler of business and consumer technologies which have become a key part of our daily lives – helping us connect, communicate, discover, work and learn with increasing ease and efficiency. This has never been truer than in 2020, throughout the COVID ’19 pandemic, data centres have allowed us to stay connected and maintain some sense of normality.

The proposed site cuts across the boundaries of both South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and therefore is within Didcot and Sutton Courtenay parish.