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25 January 2007
Cherwell District Council has resolved to grant outline planning permission to Countryside Properties for the development of a new community in South West Bicester, Oxfordshire. The scheme designed for the 287 acre site includes up to 1,585 new homes and a wide range of community facilities.
Countryside Properties' Director and Group Chief Town Planner, John Oldham said: "This decision was the outcome of a considerable amount of stakeholder and community engagement over the last two years. We now look forward to creating a high quality sustainable urban extension to Bicester. It will provide much needed new housing of all types and tenures, educational facilities including a new secondary school, together with making up the town's deficit in sports facilities by providing 40 acres of land for sports pitches and playing fields, and other community facilities incorporated in a new neighbourhood centre."
"We look forward to starting the infrastructure works at the end of this year with the first phase of housebuilding commencing in Spring 2008."
A 'health village' with the provision for a GP surgery, medical centre, community hospital and nursing home has also been included in the masterplan. Education facilities will be strengthened for the town with land reserved for a new secondary and primary school and provision for a second primary school.
To support the new homes a local centre is proposed which will include shops, a community centre, a pub/restaurant and a day nursery. In addition to this the proposals include a new hotel and business/employment space suitable for local and regional employers.
30% of the new homes will be affordable properties available through housing partners, Bromford Housing Group and Paradigm Housing Group.
A new landscaped led perimeter road will also be created.
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Information correct as at 25/01/2007