Plans unveiled for new 50 acre Bicester business park

Plans have been announced for a new 50-acre business park in Bicester. Space for firms involved in distribution, manufacturing and research have been at a premium in the area and the £80m complex will give a much needed boost to employment in the region, with employers at the Bicester park – called Network Bicester – set to employ up to 1500 people.

The news was met with approval by local business leaders and politicians and follows the planned expansion of the Tesco and Bicester Village giving the area a much needed kick-start. Network Bicester would be constructed on land allocated for employment at the corner of Howes Lane and the newly opened Vendee Drive.

Local politicians see the development as positive for the region. Tony Baldry, MP for Bicester says that one of the key issues is finding “space for jobs” so that as employers expand, there is room for them to go. But the expansion must be sustainable and the impact on local communities researched and monitored, which is an issue for the local district council in Cherwell to address.

The Chamber of Commerce in Bicester is supportive of the move. Its chairperson, Ben Jackson welcomes the development and states the regions needs up to 200 more acres for employment and light industry usage. Jackson goes on to say that business and residential growth must be planned so that jobs can be found for the occupiers of the new residences being built.

Kingsmere Village, where 1600 new homes are to be constructed is close to the new business park and appeals as an ideal source for employers to fill the new job vacancies created by the new development.