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Plans for £5 million community building for Bicester to be unveiled

An artist's impression of the Bicester Community Building

An artist's impression of the Bicester Community Building

Members of the public will be able to view plans for a new £5 million community building for Bicester next week.

On January 16 and 17, a public exhibition will be held at the Pop In Cafe, in Manorsfield Road, in Bicester, showcasing the development at the current Franklins Yard car park, which will house a hotel, a library and businesses.

The exhibition will be an opportunity for people to view plans and images for the site, speak with representatives and give feedback about the plans ahead of a planning application, which is to be submitted next month.

Norman Bolster, councillor for estates and economy, said: “The Bicester Community Building is the final stage of the town centre regeneration project. We have worked hard to strike a balance so the new building will complement and enhance both the modern Pioneer Square development and Bicester’s Old Town, while providing a hub for services and business.

“While we are satisfied this project will achieve these objectives, we want to encourage as many residents, traders and visitors to view the plans and give their feedback so we can be confident this new building will meet the needs of the community it has been designed to serve.”

The five-storey building will face on to the new Wesley Lane and Wesley Square. On the ground floor offices will be made available for Brethertons and a Cherwell District Council Link Point alongside restaurant and retail space.

On the first floor will be the new Oxfordshire County Council library which will house the Bicester Historical Society. Further office space will be formed on the first and second floors, part of which will again be occupied by Brethertons while the third and fourth floors will consist of a 53-bedroom Travelodge hotel.

The community building has been designed to use existing car parks within the town centre and so will not include additional parking provision.

As many as 1,000 people are expected to visit the exhibition, which will run from noon to 6.30pm on both days. For those unable to attend, they will have until January 31 to view and comment on the plans at the council’s offices in Market Square or on the council’s website.

If approved, contractors Morgan Sindall will begin work on site later this year, with an expected completion date of summer 2015.

To view the plans visit consult.cherwell.gov.uk/public/bcc

 

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