Modern village homes with community appeal in Bicester

Kingsmere is a new housing scheme built on former farmland with a sports park and children’s play area.

Bicester Village, the busy fashion outlet on the edge of the Oxfordshire market town, set a precedent for the building of a faux village on green fields — in its case, a collection of New England-style clapperboard properties arranged along a neat high street. 

Nearby Kingsmere, a new housing scheme being built on former farmland, uses similar design principles, with traditional architecture inspired by the region’s mellow brick country cottages. 

This planned modern village aspires to be a proper community, with facilities such as a sports park and children’s play area set against rolling farmland. Eventually there will be 2,450 homes at Kingsmere, so the infrastructure needs to be good. This is improving territory for house-hunting commuters. Bicester sits close to the M40 and, by 2016, the upgraded 55-minute train service to Marylebone station will be reduced by 15 minutes. At Kingsmere, pictured, parcels of land are being sold to developers. Saxon Fields is the latest launch, a collection of terrace,  semi- and detached family houses with gardens.

Prices from £319,995 to £559,995. Call Bellway on 01869 250957. The wider Cherwell district is a government-designated growth area, and more green fields are likely to be taken. Bicester itself has been earmarked as the location for a new 13,000-home “garden city”.

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