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13,000 new homes will be built in garden city: Clegg

By Sam Lister

A new garden city is to be built in Oxfordshire as part of the coalition's plans to deal with the housing shortage, Nick Clegg has confirmed.

Bicester has been chosen as the site for the new community, which will have up to 13,000 new homes.

The proposals will be outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan being published today when ministers are also set to announce a range of other housing measures.

Earlier this year, the Government announced that Ebbsfleet in Kent had been picked to become the first modern garden city.

Bicester expressed an interest in following suit and is in line for a new railway station to serve the expanded population as part of rail plans previously announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr Clegg told the Daily Telegraph: "The Liberal Democrats have long argued that garden cities are an idea whose time has come again.

"I am delighted that Bicester can now be confirmed as a pioneer in what I hope will be another wave of garden cities in this country."

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