NW Bicester selected as NHS new healthy town
NW Bicester, the UK's first eco-town, has been selected as one of ten 'healthy new towns' as part of an initiative run by NHS England.
NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens named the sites, including Bicester, when announcing the plans to create ten NHS-supported 'healthy new towns' across the country.
Together the towns will cover more than 76,000 new homes with potential capacity for approximately 170,000 residents.
The New Healthy Towns initiative, supported by Public Health England (PHE), received 114 applications from local authorities, housing associations, NHS organisations and developers when it was announced in July 2015.
The NW Bicester bid is a collaboration of over 20 local organisations led by Cherwell District Council and includes NW Bicester lead developer A2Dominion, the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Oxford Brookes University and other healthcare providers and researchers.
The bid was secured through the innovative approach being undertaken at Elmsbrook, NW Bicester, to design-in health from the outset and create a place where sustainable and healthy living becomes the norm.
It will provide greater opportunities to assess and share the health and well-being benefits of living in an exemplary development and test new ways of delivering health services including patient-activated self-care, all of which can be applied to Bicester’s wider 13,000 home strategic growth.
John Knevett, Group Commercial Chief Officer at A2Dominion, added: “We are exceptionally proud to be part of Bicester’s New Healthy Town partnership and thrilled to be announced as one of ten in the UK. The programme is a fantastic opportunity to expand on what we are pioneering at Elmsbrook while galvanizing new partnership activities.
Ian Davies, Director of Operational Delivery at Cherwell District Council who led the bid, said: “It is enormously exciting for Bicester to be part of the New Healthy Towns programme. We are well on the way to encouraging healthier lifestyles to be embedded into the local communities in an around Bicester, particularly at NW Bicester, which will be a catalyst for healthy living."
For those needing healthcare, the Bicester Healthy Town Partnership will enable new integrated service models to be developed which will include patient-activated technology. This will complement the digital tablets provided to every household at Elmsbrook for live travel, home energy and community information.
Notes to Editors
• NW Bicester is leading investment in the future by delivering the UK’s first eco-town. NW Bicester is a partnership between A2Dominion Group (one of the country’s leading providers of high quality housing for sale, shared ownership and rent) and Cherwell District Council (the local authority).
• A2Dominion is one of the country’s leading providers of high quality housing with over 35,000 homes across London and southern England and thousands more in development. Originally established over 60 years ago, it has received numerous awards and accreditations, including ‘Investor in People Gold’ and ‘Positive about Disabled People’ status.
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