Developments in Bicester were the topic of discussion during a visit to the town by the president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
On Friday, 14 June, Dr Peter Geraghty met representatives from Cherwell District Council to take a tour around Bicester prior to a presentation on developments in the town.
Dr Geraghty said: "'The ambition, enthusiasm and professionalism of Cherwell's planning team was inspirational. Their dedication to ensure Bicester grows as a market town community that is truly sustainable came across very strongly. The work of Cherwell DC shows the value of good planning and they are a great example of my presidential theme for the year: Proud of Planning, Proud of Planners."
Upon arriving at Bicester’s John Paul II Centre, Dr Geraghty was given a 50-minute tour around Bicester taking in Thyme Court, Bicester Green Deal retro fits and the town centre scheme.
He then returned to the centre where Cherwell staff gave a presentation entitled ‘Proud of Planning, Proud of Planners in Bicester’. Among the developments highlighted within the presentation were the north west Bicester eco town, the south west Bicester/ Kingsmere development and Graven Hill.
Other topics included the Bicester Green Deal pilot, work to develop a local management organisation and the Bicester cycle scheme, Travel Behaviour.
Cllr Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading professional planning body and highly respected across the UK and Europe. With so many large scale developments in the pipeline for Bicester this provided us with a fantastic opportunity to show the leading planning organisation just what is happening here in Cherwell. We have been delighted to welcome Dr Geraghty to Bicester and hope to host him again in the future and show him just how these development and proposals are progressing.”