A council is looking at ways to reduce its head office space – and could move to a town centre location.

Cherwell District Council’s Bodicote House building in Bodicote is now too big following the increase in hybrid and home working for many of its staff.

The council says a smaller, more modern and energy-efficient, office will save on running and maintenance costs, support its sustainability pledge and be more accessible for visitors.

Feasibility work is already under way and will be used to form a business case for a move which will eventually require formal approval. A likely target is Castle Quay, a building it owns in the centre of Banbury.

Council leader Cllr Barry Wood said: “We have started to explore a potential move to a new and more suitable home that meets our needs now and in the future.

“Bodicote House has served us well for many years, but it has become clear that it is now too big for us and there may be a better place to be based that can save money and benefit our residents and communities.

“Castle Quay is an option under consideration as we own the development. There is space to create a modern, energy-efficient office and provide first-class services from a central Banbury location with good transport links and access.

“Once our feasibility work is complete, we will consider the business case that highlights the expected benefits a potential move could bring the council, our residents and Cherwell.”

Leader of the Labour group Cllr Sean Woodcock said: “We have been consistent in supporting the council’s attempts to regenerate Banbury town centre, including the purchase of Castle Quay which we saw as part of that.

“So, a potential relocation of the council’s offices into Banbury would have a significant beneficial impact on the town centre.

“It would support Castle Quay and existing businesses, encourage more new investment and help to make Banbury an even better destination for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“This is a positive step forward as we plan for the future.”

If a move is approved it is expected to take place in late 2024. After approval the council will consider options for redeveloping Bodicote House. 

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