Residents to oppose £8m 'monstrosity'

Bicester Advertiser: Ann-Marie Gokani and Susan Harding by the edge of the proposed business park Buy this photo Ann-Marie Gokani and Susan Harding by the edge of the proposed business park

RESIDENTS have vowed to fight plans for a major new £80m business park in Bicester they have branded a “monstrosity”.

Albion Land wants outline planning approval to develop a large site on the corner of Middleton Stoney Road and Howes Lane, in Bicester. The development could create up to 1,200 jobs.

A plan unveiled last month showed five three-storey warehouses of between 80,000 sq ft and 200,000 sq ft, and two smaller office blocks.

After criticism from residents, access has been switched from Howes Lane to Middleton Stoney Road.

But people living on the Greenwood estate say that is not enough and they still have concerns over noise, pollution, increased traffic and potential flooding. They say the development is more suited to the edge of town, nearer junction nine of the M40, and away from homes.

A petition has now been launched against the scheme. Albion Land’s application seeks approval for firms to use the 50-acre site for production processes, distribution and logistics, and it could operate 24 hours a day.

But Susan Harding, of Isis Avenue, said it was “precariously close” to her house.

She said: “I suspect we are going to suffer from lorry noise, pollution and vibration damage.”

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She also raised concerns about future flooding and drainage because the development would be built on farmland.

Bicester West district councillor Les Sibley also opposes the scheme. He said: “The access change is a small victory but the battle rages on.

“It’s going to be terrible, looking out over garden fences at that monstrosity.”

Albion Land managing director Kelvin Pearce said businesses had shown “serious interest”.

He added: “Converting this investment interest into the provision of real jobs and new economic activity now lands in the ‘in-tray of the planning officer dealing with this application.”

If plans are approved, work could start next summer.

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4:16pm Thu 16 Aug 12

to ny w says...

Technically this is part of the proposed ECO TOWN. So no doubt if the ever zealous Cherwell Planners approve this scheme it will acheive code 5 sustainability! ( I think not).
BaECON (Bicester against ECO CON) are the only action group flagging up the delusions of CDC . WOODS FOLLY is a more realistic name for it.
Ask any Estate Agent in Bicester about the saleability of the house. They will tell you iots a joke on numerous grounds.
Go see http://baecon.blogsp
ot.co.uk/p/about-bic
ester-econ.html
for more info.
Technically this is part of the proposed ECO TOWN. So no doubt if the ever zealous Cherwell Planners approve this scheme it will acheive code 5 sustainability! ( I think not). BaECON (Bicester against ECO CON) are the only action group flagging up the delusions of CDC . WOODS FOLLY is a more realistic name for it. Ask any Estate Agent in Bicester about the saleability of the house. They will tell you iots a joke on numerous grounds. Go see http://baecon.blogsp ot.co.uk/p/about-bic ester-econ.html for more info. to ny w
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7:25pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Arkright says...

If this hasn't already been given the go-ahead, why is there an advertising board behind the ladies. A done deal if you ask me, as everything in this area seems to be !
If this hasn't already been given the go-ahead, why is there an advertising board behind the ladies. A done deal if you ask me, as everything in this area seems to be ! Arkright
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1:27pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Nick Mawer says...

This site was earmarked for industrial development long before the Eco-town idea came along. I am guessing (at least I tell you when I am guessing rather than some other people who present opinion as fact and are often wrong as well), but I think that this application has much more to do with the fact that a new LDF is coming, and that therefore this is purely speculative. Your local councillors are bound by the concept of "fettering their interests" not to comment on the application in public. My advice is to contact your councillors about this application.
This site was earmarked for industrial development long before the Eco-town idea came along. I am guessing (at least I tell you when I am guessing rather than some other people who present opinion as fact and are often wrong as well), but I think that this application has much more to do with the fact that a new LDF is coming, and that therefore this is purely speculative. Your local councillors are bound by the concept of "fettering their interests" not to comment on the application in public. My advice is to contact your councillors about this application. Nick Mawer
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6:31am Sun 19 Aug 12

to ny w says...

So Nick, lets not sit on the fence.
1. Do you support this application?
2. Is the ECO TOWN still a good idea in your eyes?
So Nick, lets not sit on the fence. 1. Do you support this application? 2. Is the ECO TOWN still a good idea in your eyes? to ny w
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9:50pm Tue 21 Aug 12

Nick Mawer says...

1) No, I don't support this application. - I am not on planning so I think I can give my opinion in public.
2) Yes
1) No, I don't support this application. - I am not on planning so I think I can give my opinion in public. 2) Yes Nick Mawer
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8:55am Thu 23 Aug 12

caversfield says...

D and E site, what a perfect place this would have been for it. Though the MoD wanted it sold as housing.

Also thought that land was earmarked for the eco town.

Aren't there enough empty office and industrial space in Bicester already?
D and E site, what a perfect place this would have been for it. Though the MoD wanted it sold as housing. Also thought that land was earmarked for the eco town. Aren't there enough empty office and industrial space in Bicester already? caversfield
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