WANTAGE and Grove is set to receive a £50million investment boost for roads, schools, parks and sports fields.
It comes as a string of detailed planning applications were submitted to redevelop Grove airfield, off Newlands Drive.
In July, Persimmon Homes was given outline planning approval for 2,500 homes at the site.
It will also include road improvements, schools, shops, play areas, pedestrian and cycle networks and sports fields.
The airfield site is more than 140 hectares in size and 64 hectares will be built on.
Wantage mayor Steve Trinder said: “From my point of view I’m not overly glad this extra development is coming to Grove and Wantage, but the powers that be have said it will happen.
“I will do my best to make sure the infrastructure – schools, health and sports facilities – are in place and that it’s more than enough to provide for what everyone needs.”
He also called for the western link road – which is not part of the planned infrastructure for the airfield – to be put in place. He said as more homes were built in Grove and Wantage, Denchworth Road “won’t be able to cope” with the increase in traffic.
Persimmon managing director Richard Briggs said: “Whenever we start working within a community, we look at ways to support local people and infrastructure.
“The Section 106 contributions outlined at this site include two new primary schools, a secondary school, shops site, a network of open spaces and play areas linked by safe and convenient pedestrian and cycle routes, community parks and sports fields, as well as incorporating road network improvements.”
The development will include 800 affordable homes.
Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director, said: “The development itself is situated on the former RAF Station Grove airfield site and the design has been heavily influenced by its former aviation history.
“We have worked closely with local authorities to provide a development that benefits the community from every aspect: housing, travel, education and leisure, to improve and enhance local life.”
As part of the plans Persimmon Homes Wessex is giving residents the chance to name the development, which could relate to its aviation history or draw upon local people of significance. Suggestions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow.