Could the UK’s First Ecotown Become the New Norm?
As the housing sector looks to find new and innovative ways to deliver a greater housing supply without blowing the carbon budget, Firethorn Trust has recently been granted permission for 530 new homes in North West Bicester. 

In what is being described as the first eco-town in the UK, Real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust successfully concluded an appeal process, with the planning inspector placing significant weight on the fact the scheme would support the delivery of the wider North West Bicester Ecotown – the first of its kind in the UK.

Breaking down the details within the planning application, the development will be required to  provide:

  • Sustainable infrastructure to reduce the community’s carbon footprint and promote the use of renewable energy sources, resulting in the delivery of a “true zero carbon” development.
  • 530 dwellings that address the diverse residential needs across socio-economic backgrounds, including affordable housing.
  • A focus on biodiversity, with 40% green space featuring natural play areas, retained woodland and ecologically rich meadow areas.
The new Ecotown could set new benchmarks

The allocated residential site, spanning 55-acres, is owned by Firethorn Trust and forms part of its Living portfolio, which is led by Firethorn director, Marcus Weeks.

We are well capitalised and excited to pursue more development opportunities for residential, BTR and PBSA

Marcus comments: “As a true zero carbon development, North West Bicester Ecotown is setting the standard for future homes.

“The recent decision to allow the appeal and grant planning reinforces the considered approach that we take on every Firethorn development project and is a significant step towards realising our vision of creating a modern, sustainable and vibrant living environment, as part of the landmark scheme.

Firethorn remain committed to collaborating with Cherwell District Council to deliver this much needed housing and fulfil its potential to cultivate a community where people can thrive, and the natural environment can flourish.