Modern village near designer gear heaven at Bicester
Bicester, in Oxfordshire, is perhaps most famous for the discount designer outlet on the edge of town, but the area attracts more than buyers seeking a fashion bargain.
The wider Cherwell district is a designated “growth area”, with businesses relocating there and 3,000 homes being built, including a new neighbourhood at the former Ministry of Defence site at Graven Hill.
Bicester town centre has had a £70million facelift, and the road and rail network is being upgraded. Bicester sits near the M40 and by 2016, the 55-minute train time to Marylebone station will be reduced by 15 minutes.
Kingsmere is a new “settlement”, or modern village, where a broad range of community facilities and amenities are planned, including a pub, primary school, GP surgery, shops and sports park. Developer Countryside Properties has released a new phase of homes from £225,000. Call 01277 260000.