Construction work on the first phase of the North-West Bicester eco-town has started.
Developer A2 Dominion has started preparing the site for building works to commence for the initial phase of 393 zero-carbon homes plus primary school, community centre, eco pub and an eco-business and retail centre.
It is hoped the first people will start moving in by spring next year.
The initial work is for new access roads with housing construction to begin in August.
Steve Hornblow, NW Bicester project director at A2Dominion, said: “NW Bicester is about enabling people to live modern-day lifestyles but with traditional values.
“We want the Exemplar to become a vibrant and resilient community where people know their neighbours. We’ve designed community space to incorporate communal barbecue areas, herb boxes and seating with features to encourage children to play safely in the street.
“We want to approach sustainable living realistically, providing people with the tools to benefit from a real community environment, reduced home running costs and access to the latest green technologies.”