G4S care home approved

Magnolia House, Banbury Road, Bicester.
Magnolia House, Banbury Road, Bicester.

Plans for a six-bed care home run by G4S have been given the go-ahead in Bicester.

The decision was made at Cherwell District Council’s planning committee last week after several councillors spoke in favour of the home at Magnolia House in Banbury Road despite a residents’ petition. More than 60 residents living in the vicinity of Taylor Close, which backs onto Banbury Road, had signed their name in opposition to the plans, with concerns including 
extra traffic and loss of privacy.

Taylor Close resident Sean Robinson outlined residents’ concerns to the committee, concluding by saying the application, “brings no benefits to the local area.”

But members, including Bicester’s Lawrie Stratford, disagreed. Councillor Stratford said: “It has been suggested this is not a suitable location.

“Well, if you’re trying to get children back into a normal life where they’ve got friends, where they continue to go to the same school, where would you put this? Launton Road industrial estate?”

He said the county council had previously sent children to north Wales and Preston in 
Lancashire due to local space shortages.