Cash boost to further Bicester’s Garden Town Project

Three quarters of a million of pounds has been agreed to help the improvement and development of Bicester in the latest round of Garden Town Capacity Funding.

Published: Thursday, 6th June 2019

After a competitive bid, £770,000 was awarded to Cherwell District Council by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
 
The money is distributed to Garden Town projects which have demonstrated a commitment to delivering ambitious housing growth, with Bicester being given one of the highest amounts nationally.
 
Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell’s lead member for economy, regeneration and property said: “Winning such a large amount of funding will enable Bicester to grow whilst improving the lives of those residents who currently live in the town. 
 
“It is pleasing to see that the hard work which has already gone into Bicester’s Garden Town Project can be furthered after securing this bid.”
 
More than £100,000 has been earmarked for the design of improvements to the town centre, including the Market Square, with funding also secured to explore better access to the countryside and the enhancement of green spaces. 
 
The grant will also be used to put on more cultural events in the town as well as to embed the principles of healthy place shaping through the continuation of the Healthy Bicester programme.