North West Bicester is the UK’s first eco-town. It is a Masterplan to bring more homes and jobs to Bicester. The first phase, Elmsbrook, received planning approval in July 2012.
North West Bicester is governed by Central Government’s Eco-town Planning Policy Statement, often referred to as the Eco-town PPS. No previous eco-project in the UK has demonstrated such a comprehensive set of eco credentials, which meet the original PPS requirements.
This is a vibrant flagship project bringing investment, homes and jobs to the town. It will create resilient, safe and strong communities and provide desirable homes that inspire and empower people to achieve a better lifestyle. North West Bicester is a pioneering project backed by environmental integrity and a long-term vision for the area.
A phased approach
Leading housing provider A2Dominion is leading on the Masterplan for North West Bicester and is the developer of the first phase, Elmsbrook. A2Dominion works in partnership with Cherwell District Council and has appointed a number of expert consultants to deliver this ground-breaking scheme.
Elsmbrook, which is currently under construction, is the first phase of a Masterplan to create up to 6,000 new eco homes and jobs in North West Bicester, which will grow strategically, in timed phases.
The first residents will start to move into Elmsbrook in 2016 and we expect this phase to be completed in 2018.
The wider Masterplan is being developed and a further public consultation was held in December 2013.
The Big Idea
We’re creating a new kind of development at North West Bicester; one that’s designed to be good for the environment and the economy. Most important of all, it is a great place to live.
We’re doing that by creating vibrant and sustainable neighbourhoods where:
- Families can afford to live
- Jobs are created for local people
- Children can play outdoors safely
- Wildlife can thrive
- And there’s a strong community spirit