Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited has received the green light to start phase two at Kingsmere in Bicester. The developer plans to commence the start of infrastructure works early next year to pave the way for the creation of a further 663 new homes and additional community facilities. This number could rise to 709 homes if an Extra Care facility is provided on the site. The consent for these homes will bring the total number at Kingsmere to 2,450.
Andrew Carrington, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited comments: “This is another defining moment for Kingsmere and we are delighted that planning permission for this next phase has now been granted. Our vision is to create a sought-after place to live, fully supported by new schools and community facilities on site with easy access to good transport connections.
“This new phase of up to 709 homes will continue to set the tone and ambience for the development by delivering a wide range of beautifully designed properties surrounded by extensive landscaping that will help link the development to its wider environment.”
The new phase will cover 37 hectares and will include a series of parks with play space, sports pitches, landscaping and a network of footpaths and cycle paths together with a new primary school. . The two form entry school will be the second new primary school at Kingsmere, following the opening of St Edburg’s Primary School in 2016.
As part of the planning permission for Phase 2, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited have also committed to provide land between Kingsmere and Chesterton for the future provision of a substantial community woodland/country park by Cherwell District Council. Land will also be transferred to Oxfordshire County Council to allow further expansion of the existing Park & Ride site.
Kingsmere is a thriving new community on the south-western edge of Bicester and is already home to around 800 families. The outstanding range of amenities that are being provided at Kingsmere, will ultimately include a new secondary school, two primary schools, a village centre with shops, community and youth centre, a sports village, several parks and open spaces and a retail park. A new hotel and family restaurant have already opened at Kingsmere along with the first of the two primary schools. The Sports Village is due to open this autumn.
Leader of the Cherwell Council, Barry Wood, comments:
“We have been working with Countryside for over ten years on the Kingsmere development. As a Councillor, and local resident, I have watched with excitement the creation of this fabulous new community. Bicester was in great need of new homes and Kingsmere has been a welcome addition to our community. I look forward to seeing this second phase, particularly the second primary school – as the first one has been such a resounding success.”
Countryside will be working with their house building partners to deliver the additional new private and affordable homes, many of which will be available with Help to Buy.
Kingsmere is located just 12 miles from Oxford and is commutable to London and Birmingham within the hour. As part of the scheme, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd is also contributing major investment toward infrastructure improvements in and around Bicester including public transport, education, library services and highway improvements. An enhanced local bus service runs directly through the site providing a link to nearby Bicester town centre and beyond to Oxford.