Cash boost for garden town

Two Pound coins (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151211-155345008
Two Pound coins (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151211-155345008

Funding of £19m over the next four years has been granted to Bicester for its garden town vision, it was confirmed in the Chancellor’s autumn statement on Wednesday last week.

The news comes after Bicester was awarded Garden Town status by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in December 2014, following a bid by Cherwell District Council (CDC) which set out how it planned to provide affordable homes, new schools and jobs and preserve the countryside.

The announcement has been welcomed by CDC’s leader Cllr Barry Wood who said: “Our plan for Bicester is ambitious, but before we can deliver it we need to put in place the community and transport infrastructure to support them.

“We have been working closely with the DCLG to ensure that our vision for a Bicester Garden Town is achievable and sustainable. The award of this funding is a vote of confidence not only in our ability to deliver but also in our ability, with additional government support, to accelerate that delivery and bring about a Garden Town that meets the needs and aspirations of its residents and businesses.”

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: ‘Bicester Garden Town is a great example of a scheme to build more much needed homes for hard working families and first time buyers, and one that is being driven by the local community. I’m delighted that we’ve provided £19m funding for community facilities and transport to help speed up making this new town a reality.”