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Legal deal paves way for Bicester eco-town's start
6:00pm Saturday 21st July 2012 in Bicester
FINAL legal agreements over the first phase of Bicester’s 5,000 home eco-town have been signed paving the way for building work to start.
In the first phase, 393 homes, a school and business centre will be built at farmland off Banbury Road starting this autumn.
Plans were approved last August, but legal details on infrastructure, including a school, had to be thrashed out. Cherwell District Council announced yesterday these had been finalised.
Homes will be built to sustainability level five, the top level being six.
Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “We’ve made sure the first phase at NW Bicester will set the scene.
Michael Gibbard, Cherwell District Council's lead member for planning
“We’re proud the scheme will include many unique features to reduce impact on the environment."
Steve Hornblow, project director for A2Dominion, which is building the first phase homes, said: “NW Bicester gives a community environment, low running cost and green technology.”