Plans for a new neighbourhood centre at the Kingsmere development in Bicester have beensubmitted to planners.
The centre includes plans for a multi-use community centre with separate youth centre building and outdoor space, a day nursery, convenience store and four additional retail units.
There will also be a community recycling centre and 45 car parking spaces together with separate staff parking and delivery areas.
Prior to the application, consultations were carried out by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited with Cherwell District Council and the Kingsmere Residents’ Association.
The neighbourhood centre will be opposite the new primary school. The community centre will include a ground floor café, multi-purpose hall suitable for community meetings or smaller more informal events and a dedicated youth facility.
Andrew Carrington, director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited said: “The Local Centre is designed to serve as the ‘heart of Kingsmere’ in providing a great new range of amenities for the new community, which is now flourishing.
“As well as providing vital services and facilities for the residents, we hope it becomes a place where people can meet and spend time socialising and relaxing.”
The Kingsmere development includes 2,450 new homes, a secondary and two primary schools, and two major recreational areas with sports facilities.
A hotel and restaurant have already been opened, and the first new primary school is due to open early in the new year.
Frequent bus services now run throughout Kingsmere providing a direct connection to Bicester and Oxford city centre and the railways stations.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit www.kingsmere-bicester.com.