It has been earmarked for a 13,000-home garden city, with settlements such as Kingsmere, with 2,450 properties, being built on former farmland.
Another scheme, Meadow Villas, pictured, is in The Garden Quarter, a redevelopment of a former RAF married quarters estate. Set in 23 acres, handsome Thirties buildings including the original officers’ mess have been refurbished, and new, in-keeping homes are being built alongside.
The property is arranged in symmetrical patterns around formal squares and courtyards. The immaculate landscaped grounds are an inspiration for garden city planners. Prices from £550,000. Call City and Country on 01869 253999.