Bicester eco-town to be built

Planning permission has been granted for a major environmentally-friendly development in Bicester.

Cherwell District Council confirmed the project, which will involve the construction of 393 homes and a 400 sq m renewable energy centre with car parking, service infrastructure and amenity spaces, will go ahead.

Furthermore, outline planning permission was given for office accommodation, a pub, a 1.34 hectare primary school, a nursery, a community centre, three retail units and an eco-business building up to 1,800 sq m in size, which will be targeted towards start-ups.

This will be part of an Exemplar site, which is to be 30 per cent affordable housing and over 40 per cent green infrastructure.

David Warburton, head of area for the Homes and Communities Agency, which provided an investment of £6 million, said: “We are strongly supportive of the plans for this community and that is why we have agreed to invest in the affordable housing.”

This development will also require upgrades made to the transport links in the town, with possible alterations to junction nine of the M40 and improvements to the rail service between Bicester and Oxford planned.

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