Eco boom town near Bicester with £1.65bn investment

Bicester Advertiser: Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood

BICESTER will enjoy £1.65bn in investment by 2031, according to a new report ordered by council leaders.

It states that investment such as a planned 4,300 homes – including an “eco town” – along with businesses and a town centre redevelopment is worth £183m.

And consultants Montagu Evans LLP said a total of £950m in housing and £700m in infrastructure will be coming by 2031.

Cherwell District Council had commissioned the report to look at investment since the eco town in north west Bicester was announced in 2009.

Projects include new schools, road and rail improvements, business parks, water and sewage upgrades and more to regenerate the town centre.

The homes will be built at Graven Hill, North West Bicester eco town and the new Kingsmere estate.

Infrastructure projects include a planned London to Oxford rail link via Bicester Town Station and road improvements at Oxford Road, the A41 and Pingle Drive.

The town’s fire and police stations, both in Queens Avenue, will be upgraded and there will be a new five-GP surgery at North West Bicester.

The town will also get a new leisure centre and swimming pool and an expansion of Bicester Day Centre in Launton road.

Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood said the eco town “has repositioned Bicester on the map of England and has given it an impetus for inward investment”.

He said: “That’s what we needed to confirm with this report and that’s what it did.

“I think there’s still potential to continue to market Bicester as a location for business for the green economy.”

Investment comes from a mix of housing and commercial developers, Government grants, Oxfordshire County Council and organisations such as Network Rail and Thames Water.

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Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth said: “This is massive investment, it’s fantastic stuff. It’s the sort of investment people have been shouting about for years and it has happened.”

It comes as eco town developer A2Dominion confirmed work would start on the first phase on April 28.

This will create a site entrance and temporary traffic lights will be in place on Banbury Road, the B4100, from May 6. The first residents are expected to move in in July next year.

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8:26pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Stephen WJ says...

What a disgraceful piece of political propaganda. To suggest that concreting over thousands of acres of farmland in the name of 'Eco' has led to initiatives such as the '10 year in the making' Bicester town centre development, Chiltern Railways' desire to have a direct line to Bicester Village via railway improvements and even Bicester Village/Tesco's quid pro quo (A41 improvements in order to secure planning permission for more out of town development) is ridiculous. All of these and more would have happened if the Eco con hadn't been dreamed up by Cllr Wood for his legacy vanity project. Deary me, I had hoped the Oxford Mail/Bicester Ad journalists may have seen through this...
What a disgraceful piece of political propaganda. To suggest that concreting over thousands of acres of farmland in the name of 'Eco' has led to initiatives such as the '10 year in the making' Bicester town centre development, Chiltern Railways' desire to have a direct line to Bicester Village via railway improvements and even Bicester Village/Tesco's quid pro quo (A41 improvements in order to secure planning permission for more out of town development) is ridiculous. All of these and more would have happened if the Eco con hadn't been dreamed up by Cllr Wood for his legacy vanity project. Deary me, I had hoped the Oxford Mail/Bicester Ad journalists may have seen through this... Stephen WJ
  • Score: 5

9:15pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Myron Blatz says...

Let's face it folks, the Council was hardly likely to publish anything which wasn't going to paint 'rosey pictures' and talk-up what it wants to happen! Surveys and questionnaires are often designed to get answers which the people paying for them want to see - it's all about the 'sales and marketing' of modern day eco-politics, backed by covert lobbying by developers, contractors and anyone likely to make a profit. Biggest losers will be the punters who pay heavily for developer's mark-up and fat profits when buying new homes, and local councils who will also profit from bloated council tax revenues. Still, that's why CEOs in 'corporate bureaucracy land' get paid big, fat salaries from the public purse, isn't it?
Let's face it folks, the Council was hardly likely to publish anything which wasn't going to paint 'rosey pictures' and talk-up what it wants to happen! Surveys and questionnaires are often designed to get answers which the people paying for them want to see - it's all about the 'sales and marketing' of modern day eco-politics, backed by covert lobbying by developers, contractors and anyone likely to make a profit. Biggest losers will be the punters who pay heavily for developer's mark-up and fat profits when buying new homes, and local councils who will also profit from bloated council tax revenues. Still, that's why CEOs in 'corporate bureaucracy land' get paid big, fat salaries from the public purse, isn't it? Myron Blatz
  • Score: 1

9:46am Sat 19 Apr 14

Mikleties says...

These ECO warriors are costing fortunes through increased electricity bills, forcing industry abroad to countries who have not signed up for these crazy notions, increasing the price of houses when the urgent need is to make them cheaper. We are suffering from a ruinous mass delusion of the political classes, founded on suspect science, dodgy computer modeling and self deception. We are paying dearly for green vanities. Hopefully it will soon pass if Earth's temperatures persist in defying them by not going up.
These ECO warriors are costing fortunes through increased electricity bills, forcing industry abroad to countries who have not signed up for these crazy notions, increasing the price of houses when the urgent need is to make them cheaper. We are suffering from a ruinous mass delusion of the political classes, founded on suspect science, dodgy computer modeling and self deception. We are paying dearly for green vanities. Hopefully it will soon pass if Earth's temperatures persist in defying them by not going up. Mikleties
  • Score: 3

7:15am Mon 21 Apr 14

to ny w says...

Clever bit of P R this, what it doesn't do is differentiate between money invested speculatively for development profit and straight investment in capital projects. It implies that the people of Bicester will benefit from £1.65 bn of investment in their infrastructure rather than £1.65 bn of development investment.
Clever.
Oh and by the way the forgot to say that the ECO CON will take 35 years to build!
Oh and another thought, are their local elections coming up soon?
Clever bit of P R this, what it doesn't do is differentiate between money invested speculatively for development profit and straight investment in capital projects. It implies that the people of Bicester will benefit from £1.65 bn of investment in their infrastructure rather than £1.65 bn of development investment. Clever. Oh and by the way the forgot to say that the ECO CON will take 35 years to build! Oh and another thought, are their local elections coming up soon? to ny w
  • Score: 2

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