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Penoyre & Prasad submits plans for new eco-town

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A masterplan by Penoyre & Prasad covering more than a quarter of a planned new eco-town in Bicester has been submitted for planning.

The Himley Village scheme is proposed to provide 1,700 homes out of 6,000 for the site, recently named by the government of one of four ‘garden cities’ it is promoting.

In addition to the homes, the application - submitted to Cherwell District Council - provides for a 100 unit retirement village, public spaces, a primary school, an ‘eco-pub’ and retain and community facilities centred on a village green.

All homes on the scheme will meet Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and all commercial space will be constructed to achieve BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards.

Sunand Prasad said: ‘Himley Village is on the site of Himley Farm.

‘Our inspiration comes from the historic landscape and reflects the field pattern structured by hedgerows.

‘The scheme will include orchards and allotments, encouraging future residents to cultivate the land and the landscape which will form an integral part of their home environment.’

He said that 40 per cent of the 90ha site would be given over to landscaping, and that walking, cycling and public transport would be strongly promoted.

The application was submitted on behalf of developers P3Eco and was validated by Cherwell District Council on 31 December.

It follows the submission of a separate planning application for another 2,600 homes at the eco town in August, and an initial 393 ‘exemplar’ homes in 2011.

The Bicester project was one of the first four eco-towns announced by the previous Labour government in 2009.

Landscape design for the Himley Village scheme has been carried out by Farrer Huxley Associates. Farrells are the masterplanners for the whole eco town.

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