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Cherwell District Council has confirmed that it is considering nominating a major new housing development as a garden city.

Bicester is already designated as a growth area in the Council’s local plan but the Council has said that “Bicester has many of the qualities required and already promotes many of the garden city principles”.

The Council confirmed that it is currently reviewing the requirements for a bid.

Bicester lies between Oxford and Cambridge, an area which could see up to three new garden cities being developed. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said this week that Bicester would be one of a number of stops on a new rail line connecting the two cities. Others stops along the route have been earmarked as possible garden city sites.

The government is currently accepting bids from Councils for how they wish to develop garden cities.

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