The Cherwell Life

About Bicester and North Oxfordshire

About Bicester

Bicester (the name rhymes with ‘sister’) is a market town in north Oxfordshire. The town’s history goes back to Saxon times and Bicester has in the most part been a fairly quiet and sleepy place.

However, it is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe, thanks to its enviable transport links. Bicester has been subject to rapid growth in recent years, particularly since the opening of the M40 motorway in January 1991.

In 2014, Bicester was chosen to be the UK’s second 21st Century Garden Town. Up to 13,000 new houses are due to be built by 2032. It is also home to the country’s largest residential self-build scheme at Graven Hill and most sustainable eco housing development at Elmsbrook, North West Bicester. Part of North West Bicester has been designated as one of ten ‘Healthy New Towns’ by NHS England. Bicester is currently home to around 35,000 people, the population having doubled since 1981.