Following an extensive programme of community engagement that has been integral to the formulation of the proposals, Redrow and Wates have submitted an outline planning application for Wretchwick Green, located to the south-east of Bicester on a site allocated within Cherwell District Council’s adopted Local Plan.
Our vision for Wretchwick Green is to create a sustainable development over the next 10 to 15 years with a range of much needed new family and affordable/starter homes, an employment hub, small scale retail, multi-purpose community hall and school provision, allied with substantial green infrastructure.
As a direct result of feedback from the local community, the following changes are amongst those made to the scheme:
- The crescent of housing at the north of the site has been redistributed to create a continuous wildlife corridor.
- The application description will if necessary allow Redrow and Wates the flexibility to reconsider in detail the amount of B8 provision at the reserved matters stage.
- Accommodation of the Langford Village Community Association’s desired traffic management initiatives along Wretchwick Way.
- Play provision has been focussed into a centrally located Destination Play Space with ‘doorstep play’ provision including natural play trails located around the green fingers close to the new homes.
The outline application is therefore inclusive of:
- Up to 1,500 new homes, including up to 30% affordable housing
- Up to 18 hectares of employment land
- A new Primary School
- A new multi-purpose local centre to include a community centre and retail space
- Green infrastructure covering almost 50% of the site, including:
- Green corridors and cycleways
- Sports pitches and play areas
- Ecological corridors and areas for ecological mitigation
- An appropriate buffer around the Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) to maintain the SAM’s open setting
- Creation of up to around 1,900 jobs
Furthermore, in addition to the substantial infrastructure contributions provided by Redrow & Wates, Cherwell District Council will also receive just under £14m from the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme.