New offices could bring thousands of jobs to Bicester

The prospect of 4,000 jobs being created at a site in Bicester has grown closer with a council planning decision.

Published: Tuesday, 28th August 2018

On Thursday, 23 August, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee resolved to grant outline planning permission for a new business park on the site covered by Policy Bicester 4 in the adopted Local Plan.

The development is expected to comprise predominantly office spaces with research and development buildings also proposed. The site is located to the north of Bicester Avenue Garden Centre and east of the Oxford Road.

Cllr David Hughes, chairman of Cherwell’s planning committee, said: “We are pleased to see plans proceeding for this much needed office space on a site allocated for business development in the adopted Local Plan.

“As Bicester continues to grow, new projects such as this will be essential to allow residents to seek employment in their home town, and we want the park to have the capacity to support technology and other knowledge-driven industries which are a feature of the region. This would benefit the whole Bicester economy.

“The committee recognised that there is cause for concern in respect of the impact the new business park would likely have on traffic in the area. However, members feel that there is the potential to address these concerns before a decision is finally issued, with planning officers continuing to work with the applicant and the county council.”

Before work begins on the site the applicant will need to seek a further, reserved matters planning permission covering the details of the building themselves and the supporting infrastructure that would need to be provided.

Committee’s decision is subject to the resolution of concerns regarding road junctions and biodiversity. It is also subject to completion of a legal agreement and possible contributions from the developer towards transport and highways improvements. Were these matters not satisfactorily resolved, the committee would need to reconsider the application.