The joint application by A2Dominion and Thames Valley Police (TVP) outlines proposals to develop Land west of Howes Lane to build up to 1,000 new high-quality homes, land for a primary and secondary school, social and community facilities, improved infrastructure and new green spaces.
The proposals form part of the wider Bicester eco-town development – A2Dominion’s Elmsbrook scheme comprising 413 private and affordable homes, formed the initial phase of the UK’s first carbon-zero development.
The landscape-led proposals include provision for new green spaces, with the existing bridleway forming a key focal point, along with ecological corridors and a perimeter buffer to promote biodiversity.
The design also incorporates a landscape for locally grown food, a mixed-use local centre and a multi-use games area for people of all ages.
A2Dominion and TVP remain in discussions with Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council about ways to improve infrastructure routes around Howes Lane.
Before finalising and submitting the planning application to CDC, A2Dominion and TVP held a two-day public exhibition and virtual consultation, providing the opportunity for the community and stakeholders to view the plans and provide feedback to the project team.