Chance to speak on bypass plans

Traffic around Bicester Village at sale time.'121227M-B134
Traffic around Bicester Village at sale time.'121227M-B134

Bicester residents are getting a final chance to have their say over major plans including a possible southern relief road for the town.

Last August, a six-week public consultation was held for people to have a first look at the Cherwell District Council (CDC) draft local plan, which will guide development in north Oxfordshire for the next 20 years.

Some changes have been made since then, and a new six-week consultation has now begun before the draft plans are up for approval in June.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “We are only asking people to comment on the changes made to last year’s draft document, not on the local plan as a whole.

“We had a great deal of feedback following the initial consultation period last year and we have taken on board a lot of comments which were put to us to enable us to create this revised document.”

Changes in Bicester’s plans include bringing development forward at South East Bicester to help address local housing need. Plans have also been altered to reflect the recent High Court quashing of planning permission for a 500-home development in Gavray Drive.

CDC said it is also discussing a range of options with the county council regarding a relief road south of Bicester.

No preferred route has yet been decided, however.

The consultation runs from now until May 9. Documents can be found in libraries, district council offices, and online at www.cherwell.gov.uk/localplan2013.