The Masterplan will consider the lifestyle and needs of the community now and in the future. Community facilities are intended to benefit both the NW Bicester population and the population of the wider town
Creating new facilities
New local centres should provide a strong community focus, and be located close to existing and proposed connections and housing to maximize footfall and viability.
Community facilities on the Masterplan will include the following principles:
- Creation of two vibrant and mixed use hubs which complement the existing retail and services
- Primary schools to be located close to the community hubs and green space
- Secondary school to be located in central area to south of railway line in close proximity to bus routes and to sport pitches
- 4 new community halls, 2 for each side of the railway line
- 4 new nurseries
- A new health practice
Improve Bicester’s existing facilities
Other contributions will be put forward towards improving facilities off-site, these include; library, adult learning, day care, fire station, community hospital, special education needs, museum resource, skills and training.
What is a community hub?
Each community hub should serve the surrounding housing. The hub to the north of the railway line includes a primary school, an Eco Business Centre, a nursery, a community centre, office space, a pub, a small supermarket and other retail uses.