A move is on the cards for Cherwell District Council.

The council’s executive agreed, at its November 6 meeting, to move from Bodicote House to Castle Quay in Banbury, which the authority owns.

A report presented to the meeting showed the move would allow the council to establish new headquarters in a smaller, more modern and energy-efficient space.

The move is also expected to support the authority’s ambition to regenerate the town centre by increasing footfall to local businesses.

Council leader Cllr Barry Wood said: “As a modern and forward-thinking authority, it is only right that we ensure we occupy office space that is proportionate to our needs, and which correctly supports the key public services we are providing to our residents.

“Detailed feasibility work has now been completed, so this significant move is supported by a full business case. The report we considered on Monday details the significant benefits this move will offer to our residents and to the council itself.

“This move would save the taxpayer money on annual running and maintenance costs, support our sustainability pledge, and make us more accessible to our residents. We also believe the move supports our wider aspirations for the regeneration of Banbury town centre.”

The sale of Bodicote House will help fund the move and councillors authorised officers to continue negotiations with a potential interested party.

Subject to further work, the move could occur in late 2024.

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