Green light for 2,600 more eco homes

The Exemplar eco-town in Bicester
The Exemplar eco-town in Bicester
  • Bicester’s eco-town project has been given permission to build 2,600 more homes
  • There are 393 already under construction
  • It will become the largest of its type when it fully opens in 2031

The UK’s first eco-town project has been given permission to build 2,600 more zero-carbon homes.

Further homes for Bicester’s eco-town project will make it the largest of its type in the UK after Cherwell District Council agreed to the expansion.

There are already 393 under construction and plans for an extra 3,500 more homes are yet to be approved.

The site, on the north west side of town, will boast a new school, road network and 250 care apartments for the elderly.

Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “This development will benefit from having the highest environmental standards and will provide significant benefits not only in new housing but also in employment opportunities.

“Additionally, there will be provision for affordable housing within the development, with a mixture of social rented and shared ownership properties.

“It consolidates the eco development on the western side of Banbury Road near Caversfield and in approving the application we have taken account that the 2,600 homes will contribute significantly to Cherwell’s overall housing need for the district as set out in the 2014 Strategic Housing Market Assessment.”

The eco-town is expected to be completed within four-and-a-half years.

Of the homes, 91 are due to be built by the end of 2015 with all phases set to be completed by 2031.