This is a really interesting article quantifying the amount of housing that is planned for the new garden city, in terms of what we need every year to solve the housing problem. It points out that whilst 13,000 homes sounds significant, and will certainly impact Bicester massively, it is a drop in the sand in the wider context of the UK's housing problem.
I've highlighted the bit at the end as I thought this was an interesting way to look at it- will the public sector getting involved finally push the private sector to up its game?
The government is getting back into the house building game for the first time in decades. And if it goes well, this won't be the last time. From the Treasury: The government [will] master-plan, directly commission, build and even sell homes. A pilot programme on a government-owned former RAF base in Northstowe, near Cambridge, will see the Homes and Communities Agency leading development of 10,000 homes. This is probably not the harbinger of the sort of major government building programme Britain saw after World War One: rather, it looks suspiciously like an attempt to turn up the heat on the private sector. Some have speculated that housebuilders' desire to keep sale prices high has been trumping their incentives to increase volumes. Increased competition might change that