£1.3m boosts eco town research on future homes

THE Bicester eco town project has been given a £1.3m boost to test technology that will make homes more environmentally sustainable in the future.

The cash will fund research and development of the building process of the first phase of North West Bicester’s 5,000 home eco town.

The first phase — 393 homes, a pub, shops, a nursery and eco-business centre — is expected to start soon, on land sold by the Phipps family, off Banbury Road.

It is hoped the knowledge gained from the development of the eco town will be used for future house building.

A grant of £668,091 from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, was match-funded by the consortium partners, including A2 Dominion.

Sustainability consultants BioRegional, Cherwell District Council and A2Dominion will manage the four-year project.

Project director Steve Hornblow, of A2 Dominion, said: “This funding allows us to use the exemplar phase as a working model that can define and improve construction techniques to provide collective knowledge and lessons for wider adoption.”

As people move into the homes, which could be as early as next summer, they will be able to test methods used in the construction for insulation, energy usage and carbon production.

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Mr Hornblow added: “NW Bicester is already a flagship scheme, not least in the environmental, social and economic benefits provided for existing and new residents of Bicester, but this funding will guarantee a legacy for the project that will extend beyond the reaches of Bicester itself.”

Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “This funding means lessons can be learnt from the build process that can help to ensure future developments are built to higher standards, providing comfortable homes and reduced bills.”

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9:43am Wed 19 Dec 12

snert says...

Wow, so the eco-homes aren't actually known to be eco-homes yet until the 1st phase of development has been completed.
Wow, so the eco-homes aren't actually known to be eco-homes yet until the 1st phase of development has been completed. snert

10:33am Wed 19 Dec 12

steve1955 says...

Did we not read that road works on the banbury road were due to start in november?
Can anyone tell us the truth is the finance in place for this development as the start date seems to move ?
Or are they waiting for the next sudsidy or grant
Did we not read that road works on the banbury road were due to start in november? Can anyone tell us the truth is the finance in place for this development as the start date seems to move ? Or are they waiting for the next sudsidy or grant steve1955

12:08pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Severian says...

This whole process has been a shambles. The "eco town" is not supposed to even be given planning permission until there is an overall Masterplan (which there isn't).

Cherwell District Council gave permission for the "Exemplar" houses because they were supposed to show how eco houses can be built.

Now the developers admit that they don't even know if their houses are actually going to be eco-friendly and will have to spend over £1m carrying out research as they go!

It seems to me that Cherwell has been sold a pup - the developers have no real experience of eco building, and seem to be making it up as they go.

And yes, they did say that they would start work in November, but they have been saying that now for over a year.
This whole process has been a shambles. The "eco town" is not supposed to even be given planning permission until there is an overall Masterplan (which there isn't). Cherwell District Council gave permission for the "Exemplar" houses because they were supposed to show how eco houses can be built. Now the developers admit that they don't even know if their houses are actually going to be eco-friendly and will have to spend over £1m carrying out research as they go! It seems to me that Cherwell has been sold a pup - the developers have no real experience of eco building, and seem to be making it up as they go. And yes, they did say that they would start work in November, but they have been saying that now for over a year. Severian

12:12pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Severian says...

By the way - I have just been doing some basic maths.

If we assume that the pub will be eco-friendly, then it will be intended only for local people and no-one should be encouraged to drive there.

The total audience in 4 years' time will thus be the residents of 394 houses. Assuming 2 adults in each house, assuming 3/4 of them drink and go to the pub once a week, means there will never be more than 80ish customers per day. Any landlord is going to find it very hard to sustain a pub in those circumstances, so don't hold your breath on this one opening (unless of course it has a massive car park and encourages people to drive to it).
By the way - I have just been doing some basic maths. If we assume that the pub will be eco-friendly, then it will be intended only for local people and no-one should be encouraged to drive there. The total audience in 4 years' time will thus be the residents of 394 houses. Assuming 2 adults in each house, assuming 3/4 of them drink and go to the pub once a week, means there will never be more than 80ish customers per day. Any landlord is going to find it very hard to sustain a pub in those circumstances, so don't hold your breath on this one opening (unless of course it has a massive car park and encourages people to drive to it). Severian

12:42pm Wed 19 Dec 12

steve1955 says...

Most of us must be thinking where has the 0ver 9 million gone whose taken big salaries and has the land been paid for this all stinks its gonna turn bad unless someone can tell us differebt
Most of us must be thinking where has the 0ver 9 million gone whose taken big salaries and has the land been paid for this all stinks its gonna turn bad unless someone can tell us differebt steve1955

3:39pm Wed 19 Dec 12

to ny w says...

ECO efficiency is only a part of the measure of sustainability. Code 5 level of sustainability on a green field site detached from main services, schools etc is laughable.

By the way the Councillor elected for Caversfield in the district council elections last may seems to be rather silent on this subject.

I stood as a single issue independent candidate and came second. After the count he told me he supported, largely, BaECON's views.

Very quite indeed.
ECO efficiency is only a part of the measure of sustainability. Code 5 level of sustainability on a green field site detached from main services, schools etc is laughable. By the way the Councillor elected for Caversfield in the district council elections last may seems to be rather silent on this subject. I stood as a single issue independent candidate and came second. After the count he told me he supported, largely, BaECON's views. Very quite indeed. to ny w

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