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Come and build your home, council tells residents in Bicester

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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It’s over to residents in north Oxfordshire to prove the demand for self-build property projects.

Cherwell District Council has completed a land purchase deal with the Ministry of Defence with Bicester set to become a beacon for self-build property projects.

Cherwell District Council, which covers Bicester, has bought former MoD land at Graven Hill for the site of the UK’s first large-scale self-build community of up to 1,900 homes. Contracts between Cherwell and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which is the MoD’s property and services provider, were initially exchanged in March and have now been completed.

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: "The sale of this site is representative of several years’ work behind the scenes to secure this purchase and completes the first stage of our vision to deliver the UK’s largest self-build community.

"The next phase of this innovative project is to start undertaking the practical steps to prepare the site for the delivery of these new homes and jobs. From then on the focus will be on residents as they start to choose, design and build their dream homes to put Bicester firmly on the map with the creation of the UK’s first self-build community."

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