New business park could bring high-tech jobs to Bicester

A high-tech business park capable of supporting hundreds of jobs could be created to the south of Bicester.

Published: Monday, 20th July 2020

On Thursday 16 July, an online meeting of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved outline planning permission for a development that will form part of a high-tech business park to the south of Bicester. The applicant aims to deliver 4,413 square metres of business floor space and up to 273 homes, meaning people would be able to live and work on the same site.

Other elements of the proposal include an ancillary gym, co-working hub, café, multi-storey car park, and an outdoor games area. The application site is a contained parcel of land, east of the A41 and immediately south of the A41/ Vendee Drive roundabout.

Cllr Colin Clarke, lead member for planning, said: “Bicester has great potential as a location for more high-tech and knowledge-based industries and we are keen to see sustainable developments that fit that ambition.

“The applicants say they want to support entrepreneurs and young professionals who would be able to live and work on site, while having good links to the town centre. The proposals will still need further scrutiny, but we welcome the overall vision to drive investment in Bicester and further raise its profile.”

The application relates to land partly allocated under Policy Bicester 10 in the adopted Local Plan. The proposal would meet the policy ambition for development which would support employment in the knowledge economy, reducing the need for commuting to locations such as Oxford and London.

An indicative masterplan shows the café block and employment spaces to the north of the site. The majority of the housing would be provided to the south of the development and is intended to be a mix of studio flats, one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats.

A “reserved matters” application, detailing the design and layout of the buildings, will need to be received and determined before work can begin.