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Inspector grants permission for 530 new homes in Bicester Ecotown

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A planning inspector has allowed an appeal and granted outline planning permission for 530 new homes in North West Bicester Ecotown. The Ecotown is the first of its kind in the UK.

The inspector concluded that in light of the viability appraisals that had been carried out, the scheme would provide an appropriate amount of affordable housing and would achieve “true zero carbon”. The inspector also placed significant weight on the fact that the scheme would help to deliver the North West Bicester Ecotown – and would ensure a sufficient number and range of homes were provided “to meet the needs of present and future generations”. The inspector decided that these substantial public benefits (amongst others) outweighed any harm that might arise.

Zack Simons and Barney McCay acted for the successful Appellant, Firethorn Developments Ltd. They were instructed by Juliet Munn and Tom Brooks of Town Legal LLP.

The decision is available here.

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