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Bicester’s Sports Village remains on track

Bicester’s multi-million pound sports pavilion is on track to be completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 season, with a planning application expected later this year.

At a meeting of Cherwell District Council’s executive committee on July 6, members received an update on the GBP£3.3m second phase of development at the new Bicester Sports Village.

Councillors heard despite some delays resulting from tight budget constraints, the new pavilion, sports pitches and car park were still on course to be ready for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader for Cherwell, said:

The new sports village is designed to meet the needs of residents in Bicester, so we are working hard to ensure that what is provided will be suitable [in the] long-term, as well as long lasting. We have faced some challenges in making the design and budget marry up, but this has now been achieved and the application is ready for consideration this autumn [fall].

Subject to receiving planning consent, it is estimated that the on-site practical work will be completed in June 2016, which will fit perfectly with the start of the new football and rugby seasons that will begin from August. We look forward to 12 months from now, as we prepare to welcome the first fixtures to the fantastic new pavilion and second phase of this extensive project.

In March this year, sports clubs and members of the public were invited to view the proposed design for the new pavilion and associated works.

Having already completed the initial phase to construct grass pitches and a cycling/jogging track, it is proposed the two storey pavilion will house sports club facilities on the ground floor, including changing rooms, lockers, a treatment room and showers. There will also be a built-in kiosk area fronting onto the pitches for spectators to purchase refreshments. Upstairs there will be a function room with a kitchen and bar, and space to accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

With the planning proposals now falling within budget, tender documentation will be drawn up ahead of the application appearing before the council’s planning committee in October.