BICESTER MP Sir Tony Baldry has suggested the town could join the likes of Welwyn and Letchworth as a garden city.
In the House of Commons on Monday, Sir Tony asked ministers whether they would, “...consider working with Cherwell District Council and myself and others to make Bicester a garden city.”
Sir Tony said Bicester looks set to continue to be one of the fastest-growing towns in England, but said care must be taken to ensure it is a community fit for the 21st century.
“With the MOD making considerable amounts of land available for new housing and commercial development I think every effort should be made for that so far as is possible to be attractive, sympathetic, green, low-density development with plenty of play space, lots of trees and so far as is possible a sense of greenness,” he added.
Planning minister Greg Clark said such a scheme would be down to the local authority, but said the government would do all it could to help Bicester become a garden city.
The garden city movement was born more than 100 years ago.