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Developer reveals its plans for 700 homes
Buy this photo » Steve Price of Countrywide Properties explains the proposals for the extension to Kingsmere Estate
PLANS for hundreds of new homes, a primary school, sports land and a community wood have been unveiled.
Kingsmere developer Countryside Properties has revealed proposals for the second phase of its development at former farmland off Oxford and Middleton Stoney roads.
In 2008 the firm was given planning permission for phase one to build 1,585 homes, a health village, elderly people’s home, shops, pub and restaurant, a primary school and a secondary school.
Work started on the site about two years ago and so far about 100 homes, a hotel, pub and new link road have been built.
Now plans for the second phase, which is included in Cherwell District Council’s Local Plan, are expected to be submitted next month.
Proposals include up to 700 new homes, a shop, a youth sports pitch next to the sports village, and land for a second primary school.
At the moment the plans show a road separating the youth pitch and adult sports facilities, but Countryside Properties say that could change.
As part of the package, Countryside Properties will give about 49 hectares of land to Cherwell District Council to develop a community woodland or park area.
The open space area would be located off Vendee Drive, nearer the A41 end, between the road and Chesterton, and would be a buffer for the village, which was originally opposed to any development at the site.
Three options for the land are out to consultation, which include enhancing the site but keeping an element of agriculture, creating a park area or planting a full woodland.
Steve Price, of Countryside Properties, said: “We are hoping to submit plans at the end of March, but it depends on comments from the consultation and what requests there are for changes.
“Phase two won’t happen for a couple of years, but land on phase one and two will at some stage work together. The community woodland would be delivered by Cherwell District Council and we provide the land.
“We would not lay the woodland out – it’s for the council to decide.”
He said phase one had been split into 22 parcels of land, and so far about 10 had been sold to housebuilders.
Two hectares of commercial land on phase one, near the Premier Inn hotel, had received “expressions of interest”, but no planning applications had yet been submitted.
Chesterton resident David Jones welcomed the woodland proposal and said the village was looking at creating new links to it. He said: “With the park-and-ride nearby there will be parking and it would be ideal for people with wheelchairs.”
Cherwell spokesman Jemma Callow said: “The emerging Cherwell Local Plan identifies 28.5 hectares of land north of the new road at south west Bicester for further development.
“The council would encourage people to express their views on Countryside Properties’ proposals for the area including the land between the development and Chesterton.”