Objections over compulsory purchase order for Bicester town centre redevelopment

SEVERAL objections have been raised to the use of compulsory purchase powers to take control of key areas of the town as part of the town centre redevelopment.

Cherwell District Council made its compulsory purchase order (CPO) in October and the period for objections has ended.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s office received 14 objections.

Several of the objections are based on uncertainty over detailed issues such as retaining rights of way, fire escapes and access rights for maintenance of utilities. Those objectors are being provided with information in a bid to address their concerns in the hopes it will lead to those objections being withdrawn.

Other objections have related to ownership interest with negotiations underway to acquire the remaining parcels of land required for the redevelopment.