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Bicester new town given 9m start

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Bicester is among four areas chosen to have so called eco-towns

A proposed new town in Bicester in Oxfordshire is to receive a £9m cash injection towards a number of projects.

The money will be used to build a sixth-form centre, affordable homes and measures to promote walking and cycling around the site.

The money is part of £60m in government funding which is being allocated.

Further money is expected to be awarded to the site in the next financial year, with £6.5m potentially available, Cherwell council said.

'Strong case'

Councillor Michael Gibbard, council member for planning and housing, said: "This money will help us turn our aspirations for Bicester into a reality.

"We want to make the most of this fantastic opportunity and will ensure we put forward a strong case for any future funding made available."

Bicester was named last July as one of four areas chosen for development of what the government dubbed "eco-towns".

The other three areas chosen are St Austell in Cornwall, Rackheath in Norfolk and Whitehill Bordon, East Hampshire.

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