P3 Eco Ltd today welcomed the Government decision to select NW Bicester as the site for an Eco Settlement. P3Eco has established a consortium to develop proposals for the site. The consortium includes award-winning master-planning architect Sir Terry Farrell, internationally renowned British engineers Arup, Eco2H2O – whose eco house design featured prominently at the recent national Grand Designs exhibition – A2Dominion, a housing association with a strong presence in Oxfordshire and Oxford Brookes University, which has strong local connections and a significant capability in sustainable development.
Ian Inshaw, Chairman of the P3 Eco Bicester consortium said:
“We have always agreed with the Cherwell view that the Bicester site offered a special opportunity for an eco development of this type and this is why we decided earlier this year to form such a powerful consortium of well respected partners to develop proposals for the site.
We are pleased that Cherwell supports our initial concepts for the site and has recognised the significant capability and expertise of our consortium. This expertise and the existing attributes of the town can combine to enable an exemplar eco settlement gradually to be created on the site for the benefit of Bicester as a whole. The scale of development proposed and strategic position of Bicester will enable it to develop into a national centre of excellence for employment in the new green industries. Now that the government has endorsed North West Bicester as an appropriate site for an eco development we can begin to develop our proposals in partnership with Cherwell and with the active engagement of the local community”.
Sir Terry Farrell said:
“Developing a concept for a new eco-development at North West Bicester is a fascinating challenge. Sustainability has been a core element of our agenda at Farrells, and at the heart of our design philosophy. We feel strongly that it is important to regard the new eco-community as a component of a bigger vision for Bicester, and that developing proposals is about ‘placemaking’ for the community rather than just building new houses. We believe that landscape should be the key driver. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious in this regard and the scale and nature of this opportunity gives some fantastic opportunities for us to define the way in which eco-developments can deliver regeneration to existing communities in a broad and exemplary way. The eco-development must be part of a holistic plan for the whole of Bicester Town and not just a plug-on suburb. Many good things are already planned for Bicester’s future and the eco-development should become part of a bigger plan to grow and enrich the town.”
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