The original term for the first phase of development at North West Bicester, now known as Elmswood.

Garden Town
A status awarded to Bicester by the Government in 2014. In achieving Garden Town status Cherwell had to demonstrate a genuine ambition for growth which would bring together homes, jobs, infrastructure and green spaces to create “the advantages of the most energetic town life with all of the beauty and delight of the country secured in perfect combination”, as envisioned 100 years ago by Garden City architect Ebenezer Howard.

One Shared Vision
A formalised ambition agreed between Bicester Town Council, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council to promote sustainable living across all of Bicester.

The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building (residential homes or commercial buildings), reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Section 106 (s106) contributions
Often referred to as developer contributions or planning agreements. A s106 agreement is a legal mechanism which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, Contributions are generally focused on site specific mitigation and can include for example an agreed amount of affordable housing or construction of community halls, schools etc, which must be provided by a developer. Alternatively the contributions can require payment of an agreed sum of money by the developer to fund the delivery of supporting amenities and infrastructure by others.

In 2013 Cherwell District Council was one of just 11 authorities to be awarded Right to Build Vanguard status in recognition of it being at the forefront of self-build housing schemes, namely the UK’s largest self-build scheme at Graven Hill.

Zero carbon homes
Defining single family homes with a very high energy efficiency rating, requiring a very low amount of energy to provide the daily needs and functions for the family occupying the home. A zero carbon home has a yearly net carbon footprint of zero. The carbon footprint is the total measure of all greenhouse gas emissions generated or produced directly or indirectly by activities in the home. such as heating the home or running an appliance, personal activities such as driving a car, broader services such as the use of public transportation or air travel, and individual consumption of food and other products.

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