Business park row

Herald Series: Kevin Pearce Kevin Pearce

PLANS for an £80m business park have come under fire from residents living opposite the site.

Last Friday developer Albion Land unveiled proposals for the 70,767 sqm site on the corner of Middleton Stoney Road and Howes Lane, in Bicester.

Its “illustrative” plan showed five three-storey warehouses of between 80,000 sq ft and 200,000sq ft, two smaller office blocks and a new roundabout creating an entrance to the site off Howes Lane.

Albion Land is hoping to submit an outline planning application to Cherwell District Council this month for light industry, general industrial and warehouse and distribution.

But people living at nearby Greenwood Homes estate have raised concerns about the type of business, traffic and operating hours.

Elaine Jell, of Beckdale Close, said: “Everyone expected houses or small business to be built at the site so it would be quite quiet.”

Neighbour Sarah Walbyoff, said the site was better suited to offices than manufacturing and distribution, which could be built away from houses next to Bicester Avenue, off the A41 Oxford Road.

She said: “You do need to provide employment if you keep increasing the size of the town, but it’s where you put it.

“I am not happy about a 24-hour operation going on at the end of my street.”

Town and district councillor Les Sibley, who also lives in Greenwood Homes, said: “You are going to have buildings twice the size of residential properties – people will open their curtain and look at monster properties.”

Mrs Walbyoff pointed out Howes Lane was too narrow for HGVs and believes the entrance to the site should be in Middleton Stoney Road away from the majority of homes.

The firm hope to get a decision by the end of the year and say the first building could be up in 2014.

Director Kelvin Pearce said: “What we are doing is offering this with consent and saying the doors are open.

“We start with a clean piece of paper, a company would outline a premises for us to design and build.”

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9:22pm Thu 5 Jul 12

interested123 says...

l agree with the local residents, this is the wrong site for this type of development
l agree with the local residents, this is the wrong site for this type of development interested123
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9:01am Fri 6 Jul 12

steve1955 says...

Why no planning rules to use some of the empy industrial premises already in bicester the pen pushers at the council must know how many there are then new build or do we get more empty buildings all around the place About time there was some thought going into the expansion of Bicester and other towns
Why no planning rules to use some of the empy industrial premises already in bicester the pen pushers at the council must know how many there are then new build or do we get more empty buildings all around the place About time there was some thought going into the expansion of Bicester and other towns steve1955
  • Score: 2

9:57am Fri 6 Jul 12

Feelingsmatter says...

This would depress the heck out of me. These soulless, handmade monoliths have no place in a residential area.
This would depress the heck out of me. These soulless, handmade monoliths have no place in a residential area. Feelingsmatter
  • Score: 1

10:14am Fri 6 Jul 12

adeshere says...

I think its an excellent idea having a technology park located in Bicester.

However, more traffic using the A41 is not a good idea.
I think its an excellent idea having a technology park located in Bicester. However, more traffic using the A41 is not a good idea. adeshere
  • Score: -1

10:58am Fri 6 Jul 12

to ny w says...

Two questions I have are:-
1. Is this supported by Cherwell as it sits in their proposed ECO TOWN?

or

2. Is it promoted by CDC as well as Albion Land?
Two questions I have are:- 1. Is this supported by Cherwell as it sits in their proposed ECO TOWN? or 2. Is it promoted by CDC as well as Albion Land? to ny w
  • Score: -1

11:52am Fri 6 Jul 12

steve1955 says...

One question the council should ask of the developer is How many square metres of industrial space that they have built in the last five years is un occupied and this info placed on the planning application?Im not against development but just for profit and to leave it empty is wrong
One question the council should ask of the developer is How many square metres of industrial space that they have built in the last five years is un occupied and this info placed on the planning application?Im not against development but just for profit and to leave it empty is wrong steve1955
  • Score: 0

11:59am Fri 6 Jul 12

Severian says...

Hold on! This land is part of Cherwell District Council's planned Eco-Town!
How is a massive industrial estate supposed to be Eco-friendly? Or are we now seeing the truth that the eco-town was just an excuse to extend Bicester as a business park for distribution warehouses and will never be used for housing?
Hold on! This land is part of Cherwell District Council's planned Eco-Town! How is a massive industrial estate supposed to be Eco-friendly? Or are we now seeing the truth that the eco-town was just an excuse to extend Bicester as a business park for distribution warehouses and will never be used for housing? Severian
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Rezident says...

Also Howes lane itself in it's current state would not support an increase in heavy vehicles along that road that comes with industrial land uses.
Whilst the jobs would be needed in the town I believe that a significantly better infrastructure needs to be in place before putting that type of industrial area on that side of town.
Also Howes lane itself in it's current state would not support an increase in heavy vehicles along that road that comes with industrial land uses. Whilst the jobs would be needed in the town I believe that a significantly better infrastructure needs to be in place before putting that type of industrial area on that side of town. Rezident
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Fri 6 Jul 12

CAMBERWELLCARROT says...

Great that developers want to create much needed employment in our town but not there, it just goes to show the true nature of the "e co(n)" plan for our town. I don't understand how building anything, let alone huge great warehouses on viable farmland can be anything other than unecological. Also once one is approved it will be like bin liners in the street; put one there and watch them multiply.
Great that developers want to create much needed employment in our town but not there, it just goes to show the true nature of the "e co(n)" plan for our town. I don't understand how building anything, let alone huge great warehouses on viable farmland can be anything other than unecological. Also once one is approved it will be like bin liners in the street; put one there and watch them multiply. CAMBERWELLCARROT
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Tue 10 Jul 12

steve1955 says...

IFFLEY
From what i know most developers sell the freehold to sometines insurance companies or pension funds that the profit empty buildings dont create much employment
IFFLEY From what i know most developers sell the freehold to sometines insurance companies or pension funds that the profit empty buildings dont create much employment steve1955
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