District Information

About Cherwell

The Cherwell District in North Oxfordshire is a predominantly rural area providing an excellent environment in which to live and work. There are three urban centres - Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington. Cherwell continues to change, with a population of approximately 149,161 (Based on 2018 Office of National Statistics).

Cherwell Council is working to implement its four main priorities in order to benefit the residents and businesses of the District:

  • Housing that meets your needs.
  • Leading on environmental sustainability.
  • An enterprising economy with strong and vibrant local centres.
  • Healthy, resilient and engaged communities.


A pleasant and historic town, Banbury is famous for its Cross and Cakes. Banbury provides the main market and shopping centre for a wide area; and continues to expand rapidly to meet these growing demands. A major town centre redevelopment scheme is currently being completed. Partly pedestrianised, the town centre combines the best of old and new, retaining its historic atmosphere in an attractive shopping environment. With direct access to the M40 motorway and considerable investment in new housing and commercial property, Banbury's future as a centre of importance is assured.


The ancient market town of Bicester has witnessed rapid growth in recent years. Centred around the Market Place, the shopping area retains the historic character of the town, and its pedestrianisation scheme has ensured that Bicester's role as a commercial and industrial centre continues to flourish. With easy access to the M40 motorway, Bicester continues to attract development and now offers a wide range of business and industrial properties, complemented by extensive new housing and the Bicester Retail Village. The planned eco development of 5,000 homes was designated a national eco town in 2009 and has attracted significant central government funding.


Situated just north of Oxford, Kidlington is a 1930's Garden City built around an old greystone village, Kidlington offers a thriving community with a village atmosphere. Most of the residential development has occurred since the prestigious Oxford Spires Business Park. With the added attraction of the Oxford Airport on the parish boundary, boasting facilities for executive travel and helicopter services, the sometime 'largest village in England' looks set for continued growth and prosperity.