Zero waste development gets green light

Cherwell District Council has approved plans for one of the most sustainable housing developments in the country.

Members of the council’s planning committee approved an outline application on 29 October by A2Dominion South Limited for 900 homes and supporting facilities in North West Bicester.

Developers A2Dominion have committed not to send any waste to landfill - a feat only matched by the construction of the London 2012 Olympics. 

North West Bicester will also be the only site to adhere to a true zero-carbon concept. 

Solar panels will be installed on all homes and a combined heat and power plant will provide heat and hot water.

“This application represents the latest piece of the jigsaw to build up the complete picture for North West Bicester,” said Cherwell District Council’s lead member for planning, Cllr Michael Gibbard.

“In total this site will deliver 6,000 new homes and all of the necessary jobs, amenities and infrastructure to accommodate the new residents. However, rather than submit one for the entire site, the developers have chosen to submit proposals in stages, as it is such a large site.

"To date A2Dominion has been working on building the first phase of the site, known as the Exemplar, which includes 393 homes. With the first of those homes now on sale and ready for occupation next year, this application will represent a further stage of the project and will provide some of the necessary facilities and jobs needed to serve the site's new residents."

In addition to the homes, planning consent also covers the provision of a local centre comprising eateries, retail and commercial units. It will also accommodate health facilities, such as a GP surgery and leisure space.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues