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Bicester Gateway retail park gets go-ahead

Shops, restaurants and a gym have been permitted for development on a site in south west Bicester.

On Thursday, 13 April Cherwell District Council's planning committee approved outline permission for the Bicester Gateway retail park, which is expected to boost the local economy and create new jobs.  

The application gives consent for a large block comprising three retail units and a smaller retail and restaurant unit with a gym above it, totalling over 9,000 square metres of floor space.

Andy Preston, Cherwell's head of development management, said: "The Bicester Gateway retail park will help bring further economic growth to the town and create job opportunities for residents.

"It will have a strong relationship to expected residential developments in south-west Bicester, meaning people can easily access big-brand shops without having to travel long distances. Not only will it be good for the local economy, it is likely to reduce traffic emissions by shortening many people's journeys."

The application site lies in south west Bicester between the Middleton Stoney and Oxford roads, with Bicester Service Station adjoining the site immediately to the north. 

It will be accessed via the new signalised junction onto the A41 and the access road serving the Premier Inn Hotel.

The permission also includes provision for a car park with 345 spaces and a scheme to mitigate the impact on the local transport infrastructure. This includes adding an additional lane to a stretch of the A41 on the northbound approach.

For more information on this application, please search www.cherwell.gov.uk for application no. 16/02505/OUT

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