Bicester could become a new garden city, says town MP

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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.