Investment ‘will cut housing lists’

View of NW Bicester first phase
View of NW Bicester first phase
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TOWN councillors joined their district colleagues in welcoming last Thursday’s decision to approve the first part of the North West Bicester eco-development.

Bicester Town Council acknowledged some residents were concerned by the plans, which could see 5,000 new homes being created over coming years.

But Councillor James Porter, leader of Bicester Town Council, said he and his colleagues will work hard to make sure past shortcomings in infrastructure provision were not repeated.

He added: “While protecting our fragile environment for our children and their children, we look forward to Bicester benefiting economically, environmentally and socially, so it’s an even better place to live, work and bring up the family.”

Councillor Debbie Pickford, Cherwell District Council member for housing services, said a £6million injection of Government cash would help reduce waiting times on local housing lists.

“The provision of affordable housing is a major driver for us and this scheme will provide over 100 high-quality homes for rent or shared ownership,” she added.

Although councillors have given the first 394-home phase the green light, proposals are still subject to legal agreements being signed.

Ian Inshaw, chairman of developers P3Eco, said: “When permission is granted, it will herald the start of delivering the NW Bicester eco-development as the largest Code 5 and zero-carbon scheme in the country.”