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RAF Bicester Domestic Site

Skimmingdish Lane, Oxon

Planning applications, listed buildings and conservation areas

JBPA formed part of a multi-disciplinary team appointed by the City and County Group, to bring forward applications for planning, listed building and conservation area consent on part of a historic aerodrome in Caversfield. The proposals included converting the historic buildings to create 160 new dwellings, storage, café/shop and the construction of 35 new dwellings. JBPA provided planning advice and prepared the Planning, Design and Access Statement to support the applications.

The Site makes up a significant part of the RAF Bicester Conservation Area, containing 22 Grade II Listed Buildings. According to English Heritage: “RAF Bicester retains, better than any other military airbase in Britain, the layout and fabric relating to pre-1930s military aviation.”

The master plan was landscape-led and aimed to create high quality public spaces, which were sensitive to the Site’s historic layout and character. The master plan defined a network of spaces which responded to the campus style landscaped setting, complementing the Site’s historic layout.

Due to the cost of refurbishing the historic buildings the Council accepted that the applications would not be subject to the usual planning obligations and so no contributions were sought with regards affordable housing, highways or education. The Council recognised that the scheme would preserve and enhance the historic environment, creating a high quality and sympathetic residential development within a unique setting for the enjoyment of future generations. Through detailed discussions with the local authority and English Heritage, both before and during the determination process, planning permission was successfully negotiated first time round. From receiving instructions on this project consent was granted less than a year later.

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Listed Buildings and Conservation

Planning Applications

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