Cash for new school received as work starts on eco-town

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North West Bicester Eco-town. Relocating old hedges.'130313M-A074 ENGPNL00120130313153428

Cash for a new primary school has been received ahead of work starting on a new eco-town.

Cherwell District Council has receive a cheque for £190, 909 to help fund the construction of a new primary school which is part of the Bicester eco-town.

From today, Monday, lead developer A2Dominion will begin to put in access and infrastructure works ahead of commencing work to build the first phase of NW Bicester, known as the Exemplar.

The initial stage will incorporate 393 zero-carbon homes, a shop, eco-pub and community centre as well as the school which will be part-funded through a £3.5 million infrastructure fund being provided by A2Dominion.

Karen Curtin, director for Bicester at Cherwell District Council said: “With up to 6,000 new homes due to be built over the next 20 to 30 years it is important to ensure the facilities are in place to accommodate the early and future residents of NW Bicester.

“One of the most important amenities is the provision of a primary school which will initially accommodate around 210 children aged between four and 11.

“We are working with Oxfordshire County Council to ensure a school is provided as soon as possible on the site so children will be able to access local educational facilities for generations to come.”

Of the first 393 homes, 119 will be affordable and these are expected to be completed alongside the remaining Exemplar amenities within four-and-a-half years. The remainder of the homes will then be built over a 20 to 30 year period.

John Knevett, A2Dominion’s group chief commercial officer and deputy group chief executive, said: “Today is another major milestone in the construction of NW Bicester’s pioneering development. We are delighted to now be on site and able to hand over our contribution to the first new primary school for the town as part of our long term investment in the future of Bicester.”

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