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First eco-town project gets green light

The NW Bicester project’s first phase has been given the go-ahead.

NW Bicester is one of few survivors from the previous Government’s proposed creation of a chain of eco-towns across England,

Construction work on its first phase is due to start later this year after it gained planning permission from Cherwell District Council.

Developers A2Dominion and P3Eco will build 393 homes to code for sustainable homes level 5 on 50 acres, some 40 per cent of which will be devoted to open space.

Power will be generated from what the developer said would be the UK’s largest solar array.

The developers are working with Barton Wilmore as planning consultant and Hyder as consultant engineer.

Some 20 per cent of labour on the site will be locally recruited and at least 10 apprenticeships will be offered.

A2Dominion’s project director Steve Hornblow said: “This is an ambitious project. NW Bicester approaches sustainable living realistically, providing people with the tools to benefit from a real community environment, reduced home running costs and the latest green technologies.

“A2Dominion is looking forward to also advancing the masterplan for the wider site.”

Further phases of NW Bicester are intended over 20 years to provide 5,000 homes built on an 800 acres site.

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