One Planet Living at NW Bicester – Elmsbrook

The first phase, Elmsbrook at NW Bicester has been awarded One Planet Living status, one of only eleven developments in the world to achieve this coveted mark of progress in sustainability.

One Planet Living is a framework of ten principles designed to ensure people everywhere can enjoy a high quality of life within the resource capacity of our one planet. For more information on One Planet Living see ‘The First Phase’.

  • Energy efficient homes and commercial buildings built to true zero carbon
  • Average 34m² of solar PV on each rooftop

  •  Zero waste to landfill during construction

  • Reduce car travel to 50% from 67.5%
  • Implement new community bus service
  • Connect North West Bicester to existing town cycle network
  • First semi rural Car Club in the UK
  • Electric car charge points throughout the site

  • Reduce amount of carbon used during construction
  • Prioritise local sourcing alongside sustainability and affordability

  • Community streets with herb boxes and edible plants
  • Community orchards and allotments

  • Reduce water consumption to 80 litres per person per day
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems

  • 40% of site green space to promote health and happiness
  • Retain and enhance existing habitats, trees and shrubs
  • Create new meadows and ponds

  • All residents to sign Green Charter
  • Eco pub, community centre and cafe to act as social hubs
  • Community Management Organisation created giving residents a say in decisions that affect their local area

  • 30% affordable housing
  • Creation of 430 jobs on-site over five years
  • 20% local labour on site during construction and minimum of 10 apprenticeships
  • Training and volunteering opportunities created

  • Homes that are warm in winter, cool in summer and adapt to a changing climate
  • Sustained support for encouraging active citizenship and building a resilient community
  • Community projects encouraging participation and building a strong sense of identity