The next phase of the NW Bicester eco-town project has received outline planning permission.
Cherwell District Council has granted outline planning permission for up to 2,600 homes to lead developer A2Dominion. The new town is being masterplanned by architect-planner Farrells, and the developer submitted an outline application for 155 hectares of land north of Lords Lane last autumn.
The first 91 homes, which are part of the initial Exemplar phase, began construction in April of last year. This will provide 393 true zero-carbon homes.
Cherwell’s planning approval is the next major step toward the completion of the NW Bicester Masterplan, which will include up to 6,000 highly energy efficient new homes. The Masterplan, which is currently undergoing public consultation in order to become a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to the emerging Local Plan, also includes 40 percent green space, which includes a nature reserve, country park, cemetery, secondary school, business and commercial space, onsite energy generation, and a variety of community and recreational facilities. The scheme also includes business and employment opportunities, as well as key infrastructure to enable strong connections to existing Bicester via a strategic road, cycleways, footpaths, and public transportation links.
As part of the larger Bicester garden town vision outlined in Cherwell District Council’s emerging Local Plan, the development will make a significant contribution to local housing needs.
“This is the next major stage of the overall development at NW Bicester, the country’s only true zero carbon development, and we are pleased this stage is complete,” said Gerry Walker, regional development director for A2Dominion.
“NW Bicester will be the most sustainable development in the UK, with a comprehensive mixed-use scheme that will allow residents to make sustainable lifestyle choices.” A2Dominion is already working on Reserved Matters applications for specific phases of the application in preparation for a quick start once the Legal Agreement accompanying the Resolution to Grant Outline Planning Permission is finalised.”
“This decision comes at an important time, when housing is high on both the government’s and the public’s agenda,” Gary Young, partner at Farrells, added. NW Bicester masterplan has been awarded planning for the next phase, which will deliver much needed new true zero carbon homes.
“The Farrell Review argued for design quality to be a much higher priority within government, and the planning approval, along with NW Bicester housing being cited as an exemplar in the Starter Homes initiative, confirms that we can raise the design standard of new-build homes as well as the expectations of those who buy and live in them.”
“As the UK’s first truly zero-carbon community, NW Bicester is a truly pioneering development that promotes healthy living, with 40 percent of the land set aside for green infrastructure and provision for local food growing, including allotments and a community farm.”