Bicester Village plan hits troubling delay

Herald Series: The expansion of Bicester Village depends on Tesco's plans The expansion of Bicester Village depends on Tesco's plans

PLANS to expand Bicester Village and build a new Tesco have been delayed.

The existing Tesco supermarket is to be demolished, making way for the shopping outlet’s expansion.

The supermarket firm received permission in January 2013 from Cherwell District Council to build a new and bigger store off Oxford Road, which was scheduled to open in 2015.

But Tesco told the Oxford Mail that the plans were being delayed. It has yet to explain why.

It was hoped the development would stimulate plans for a new business park on the land, creating 2,800 jobs.

It would have brought a further 700 jobs to Tesco and Bicester Village and provided funds for £11m worth of road improvements.

This would include a hamburger-style roundabout at the A41 junction which would cut peak congestion.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We would still like to build the new store and are currently considering timescales for construction.

“We will keep the community updated as we move forward with our plans.”

The Bicester Village extension on to the current Tesco store at Pingle Drive would create 30 new stores and 350 parking spaces.

Asked if building work could start later this year, the spokesman said she could not confirm this.

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Digging has taken place at the Oxford Road site at the request of the county archaeologist, they confirmed.

Bicester Village community relations director Miranda Markham said: “We are aware that Tesco have delayed their plans, and this will have a knock-on effect on our own timetable.

“We are waiting to hear details of their revised programme.”

Town, district and county councillor Les Sibley said the scheme is “vital” adding: “This will give real cause for concern.

“The whole thing hinges on people moving around. Tesco building its new store, Bicester Village expanding, the road improvements and business park being built.

“It’s like a pack of dominos. If Tesco pulls out the whole deal would collapse.

“This could put us back 10 or 20 years in terms of infrastructure for Bicester.”

Developments in the area

  • Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester. 
  • Plans for phase two of Bicester centre regeneration have been submitted. Proposals include a civic building, 53-bedroom hotel, new library, retail units and offices.
  • The first track of the new Oxford to Marylebone via Bicester rail link is due to be laid this month. The Evergreen Three project will see new stations at Bicester, Islip and Water Eaton.
  • Building work on the new Kingsmere estate is underway.
  • Cherwell District Council is this month set to buy land at Graven Hill from the MoD. The site has approval for up to 1,900 homes.

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8:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

rjwise says...

Recent,world events have given rise to the predictable hierarchy rhetoric,of the importance of a democratic society.
So it is with great interest i read the comments of the Tesco spokesman,-we will keep the community updated as we move forward with our plans-.
Surely the community of Bicester should have a say on the subject,a vote of no confidence may be the order of the day, against this particular corporation, the people, may judge that they do not require a new store for the future development of the town,
As at the moment,they appear to holding the townspeople in a state of limbo,on some very important issues,effecting everybody within the community.
Recent,world events have given rise to the predictable hierarchy rhetoric,of the importance of a democratic society. So it is with great interest i read the comments of the Tesco spokesman,-we will keep the community updated as we move forward with our plans-. Surely the community of Bicester should have a say on the subject,a vote of no confidence may be the order of the day, against this particular corporation, the people, may judge that they do not require a new store for the future development of the town, As at the moment,they appear to holding the townspeople in a state of limbo,on some very important issues,effecting everybody within the community. rjwise
  • Score: -1

8:11am Sat 22 Mar 14

wales01man says...

Tesco will make a Commercial decision on when to build a Towm Councillor and a few others will not stop or start the Building .
Everywhere Tesco want to build there are Objections in Bicester one and a threat to stop their own new store came from Sainsburys I can see why such a Powerful company like Tesco plays the game it plays.
Tesco will make a Commercial decision on when to build a Towm Councillor and a few others will not stop or start the Building . Everywhere Tesco want to build there are Objections in Bicester one and a threat to stop their own new store came from Sainsburys I can see why such a Powerful company like Tesco plays the game it plays. wales01man
  • Score: -1

9:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

tired99 says...

Tesco obviously want something or want to get out of doing something, like contributing to the new road layout. No doubt we will see the proposed business park next to the new Tesco site rezoned to become retail to house units large enough for Next, Boots, M&S etc. If this happens Bicester town centre will die.
Tesco obviously want something or want to get out of doing something, like contributing to the new road layout. No doubt we will see the proposed business park next to the new Tesco site rezoned to become retail to house units large enough for Next, Boots, M&S etc. If this happens Bicester town centre will die. tired99
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rjwise says...

When Tesco and Value Retail (Bicester Village) made their joint planning applications,Cherwel
l District councillors fell over each other,such was the enthusiasm to pass this official request.This was partly to avoid any conflict-of-interest regarding the Sainsburys development.
At the planning meeting,one former councillor stood up and said-this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of Bicester to resolve the ongoing traffic congestion-.
No corporations should be allowed to dictate (via questionable councils) the everyday lives of the public.
When Tesco and Value Retail (Bicester Village) made their joint planning applications,Cherwel l District councillors fell over each other,such was the enthusiasm to pass this official request.This was partly to avoid any conflict-of-interest regarding the Sainsburys development. At the planning meeting,one former councillor stood up and said-this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of Bicester to resolve the ongoing traffic congestion-. No corporations should be allowed to dictate (via questionable councils) the everyday lives of the public. rjwise
  • Score: -1

5:36pm Sat 22 Mar 14

snert says...

"Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester."

Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes.
"Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester." Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes. snert
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Sat 22 Mar 14

to ny w says...

snert wrote:
"Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester."

Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes.
Ooh you cynic. It was supposed to be code 6 sustainable as well and bot code 4 which is now in the so called master plan.
[quote][p][bold]snert[/bold] wrote: "Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester." Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes.[/p][/quote]Ooh you cynic. It was supposed to be code 6 sustainable as well and bot code 4 which is now in the so called master plan. to ny w
  • Score: 1

10:21am Sun 23 Mar 14

rjwise says...

One point from the Bicester master plan,was the land known as Pingle and the Oxford road,historically used by the townspeople for sport,was not consided to be in a appropriate location any longer.The fact it was accessible by foot,cycle public transport or car,appears not to be a good enough reason.
This area has now been proposed as the new town park (opposite Bicester Village-Tesco).C/D/C planning explained to me,that this would be a ideal location,for the park as B-V SHOPPERS could make use of the facility and it would give better access to the town,i presume to enjoy Bicesters collection of charity shops,bookmakers,est
ate agents and takeaways.
One point from the Bicester master plan,was the land known as Pingle and the Oxford road,historically used by the townspeople for sport,was not consided to be in a appropriate location any longer.The fact it was accessible by foot,cycle public transport or car,appears not to be a good enough reason. This area has now been proposed as the new town park (opposite Bicester Village-Tesco).C/D/C planning explained to me,that this would be a ideal location,for the park as B-V SHOPPERS could make use of the facility and it would give better access to the town,i presume to enjoy Bicesters collection of charity shops,bookmakers,est ate agents and takeaways. rjwise
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Severian says...

to ny w wrote:
snert wrote:
"Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester."

Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes.
Ooh you cynic. It was supposed to be code 6 sustainable as well and bot code 4 which is now in the so called master plan.
Bicester NW was supposed to be many things - enough to get our District Councillors falling over themselves to vote for it. Then as soon as it was approved the Masterplan got delayed for 3 years, the building code standard was reduced to "non-eco" standard, and still no developer has come forward.

I seem to remember being promised a new town cemetery as part of the plans, plus a local fabrication plant to build the houses. Looks like the only thing being fabricated for Bicester NW is what we are being told.

Now we see Tesco playing the same game - promise the earth, get planning permission off a bunch of lapdog District Councillors (who will always give Bicester Village anything it wants) then wait a bit and produce a different set of plans, which will no doubt not include the £11m of promised roadworks that our local councillors think will save the world.

BTW - the gossip is that the manager of Tesco is leaving to go and work at B&Q. Maybe Tesco is planning to shut up shop (literally) while it sees what the plans are for the 1 million sq ft of retail space at the new development at Arncott?
[quote][p][bold]to ny w[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snert[/bold] wrote: "Work is due to start soon on the first phase of the 6,000-home eco town at North West Bicester." Wow, this has progressed. Pretty sure this used to be 5000 homes.[/p][/quote]Ooh you cynic. It was supposed to be code 6 sustainable as well and bot code 4 which is now in the so called master plan.[/p][/quote]Bicester NW was supposed to be many things - enough to get our District Councillors falling over themselves to vote for it. Then as soon as it was approved the Masterplan got delayed for 3 years, the building code standard was reduced to "non-eco" standard, and still no developer has come forward. I seem to remember being promised a new town cemetery as part of the plans, plus a local fabrication plant to build the houses. Looks like the only thing being fabricated for Bicester NW is what we are being told. Now we see Tesco playing the same game - promise the earth, get planning permission off a bunch of lapdog District Councillors (who will always give Bicester Village anything it wants) then wait a bit and produce a different set of plans, which will no doubt not include the £11m of promised roadworks that our local councillors think will save the world. BTW - the gossip is that the manager of Tesco is leaving to go and work at B&Q. Maybe Tesco is planning to shut up shop (literally) while it sees what the plans are for the 1 million sq ft of retail space at the new development at Arncott? Severian
  • Score: 3

6:19pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Geoff Grace says...

It is time that government imposed strict limits on the number of vehicles allowed to visit Bicester village.This should be based on the capacity of Pingle Drives single lane to function without any delays and the number of parking spaces available on their site
It is time that government imposed strict limits on the number of vehicles allowed to visit Bicester village.This should be based on the capacity of Pingle Drives single lane to function without any delays and the number of parking spaces available on their site Geoff Grace
  • Score: 0

11:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rjwise says...

You cannot control your own population by force,but you can distract it by consumption. NC
You cannot control your own population by force,but you can distract it by consumption. NC rjwise
  • Score: 0

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