Bicester eco-village goes to planning

Developers have applied for consent to build a village of 1,700 new homes in North West Bicester, Oxfordshire. The scheme, called Himley Village, forms part of the larger 6,000-home North West Bicester eco-town, one of four garden cities recently announced by the government.

The application was submitted by planning consultant Turley on behalf of development consortium P3Eco. Masterplanners and architects for the scheme are Penoyre & Prasad, with landscape design by Farrer Huxley Associates and engineering by Alan Baxter Associates. Farrells is the masterplanner for the eco town as a whole.

Key features of Himley Village are:

  • 40% of the 90-hectare scheme given over to landscaping, with a movement strategy promoting walking, cycling and public transport
  • All homes designed to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and all commercial space to BREEAM Excellent
  • Amenities including a 100 unit retirement village, outside play spaces, primary school, village eco-pub and local retail and community facilities centred around a green.

Sunand Prasad, Penoyre & Prasad said: “Himley Village is on the site of Himley Farm.  Our inspiration comes from the historic landscape, reflecting the field pattern structured by hedgerows, and from thinking about a future sustainable community. The scheme will include a number of orchards and allotments encouraging future residents to continue to cultivate the land and landscape which will form an integral part of their home environment.”

Cherwell District Council will give its verdict on the application this spring.

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