Approval sought for ‘futuristic’ eco-town

the Exemplar eco-town in Bicester PNL-140717-174544001
the Exemplar eco-town in Bicester PNL-140717-174544001

The project director of a 2,600-home development says it will ‘showcase what the future can look like’.

A2Dominion has now submitted the first of its planning applications for a 382-acre site north of Lords Lane.

It wants to build small shops, a primary school, a restaurant, a pub and a hairdressers.

If given the go-ahead, North West Bicester will also feature business space with superfast broadband, a country park, allotments, sports playing fields, a woodland burial ground and community farm.

The facilities for North West Bicester will serve hundreds of people living in new zero-carbon homes with on-site energy generation and extra care apartments for the elderly.

Project director Steve Hornblow said his team has been ‘very encouraged’ by positive feedback for what represents a ‘major development milestone’.

He said: “North West Bicester will showcase what the future can look like by enabling people to live healthy, affordable lives in high quality homes that use resources wisely and enhance their natural environment.

“Truly integrated with the existing town, North West Bicester will become a destination of choice for those looking to lead a sustainable lifestyle without compromising the needs of future generations. In the coming weeks, we will be submitting two further applications which together will provide new infrastructure, employment opportunities and additional amenities to create and sustain a vibrant new community, meeting the needs of every generation.”

The first application seeks outline planning consent for the land to the north of the railway line and Lords Lane.

A public exhibition in Pioneer Square saw more than 200 people view the plans for the next stage.

A2Dominion has more than 34,000 homes across London and southern England and has thousands more in development.

It wants to build a total of 6,000 homes on the land north west of Bicester in the next 20 years.

The site is one of four across the country which have been identified for potential eco-towns and the building of the first homes is due to start this autumn.

The district council granted detailed planning permission for Exemplar - the first phase of the scheme - in 2011.

It is intended to include 393 homes and a renewable energy centre.