NW Bicester 'eco-town' gets go-ahead
Final agreement has been given to developers in Oxfordshire planning to build the UK's first "eco-town".
Permission was given to NW Bicester last August but developers and interested parties have had to negotiate on the detail.
But developers A2Dominion can now start construction on the first phase of 393 homes of the wider 5,000-home scheme.
Construction is expected to start later in the year and will include a school and an Eco Business Centre.
Councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell District Council's lead member for planning, said: "We have made sure that the first Exemplar phase of development at NW Bicester will set the scene for what follows.
"We are proud that the scheme will include many unique features to reduce the impact of the new development on the environment."
The houses are designed to be "zero-carbon" and all have photovoltaic panels and significant levels of insulation.
Steve Hornblow, NW Bicester project director for A2Dominion, said: "This is an ambitious project which will create a truly unique development.
"NW Bicester approaches sustainable living realistically, providing people with the tools to benefit from a real community environment, reduced home running costs and the latest green technologies."