Government housing minister Mark Prisk got a close look at Bicester’s expansion plans as he met dignitaries and developers on Monday.
Mr Prisk, who attended an event at the John Paul II Centre in The Causeway, got updates on projects including the south-west Bicester sports village, the North West Bicester eco-development and the town centre regeneration.
The minister’s visit follows confirmation that work will start on the North West Bicester development’s first 400 homes in September.
After the event, Mr Prisk said he was delighted to hear of the progress being made.
On the North West Bicester development, he added: “This is part of a wider plan for the expansion of the town, to help build a whole new community, with new facilities alongside the homes and jobs that local people need. I look forward to returning to Bicester in the near future to see for myself the first spades in the ground and building work starting.”
The event was hosted by Cherwell District Council (CDC) with support from Bicester MP Sir Tony Baldry and a range of organisations involved in planning the town’s future.
Councillor Barry Wood, leader of CDC, said: “Bicester is important to the Government because of our groundbreaking eco houses and our self-build programme. The minister was encouraged by our progress and our strong commitment to delivery.”
Daniel Mouawad, of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Bicester is delivering on a number of innovative sustainable growth projects including the first eco-town in the United Kingdom.
“It was clear the minister was suitably impressed that the zero-carbon development was now formally underway.”