A new town the size of 60 football pitches with 1,000 new homes could be built at Harwell Campus.
The science campus, near Didcot, recently unveiled details about its plans to develop more ‘wonderful affordable’ housing mainly for its workers.
Proposals for the 37.05ha development, to be built on land north of the campus, would also include a neighbourhood centre, primary school and open space as well as other space for allotments and sports pitches.
Director Angus Horner believes the project will ‘breathe new life into the campus’.
Most of the homes, built on brownfield land, would be for workers employed on site. There are currently 6,000 employees but this is expected to be ‘many thousands’ over the next decade.
Mr Horner told the Guardian: “This project aims to deliver wonderful homes that will be affordable to rent and buy for young scientists, engineers and all the other people working in the ‘knowledge economy’ at Harwell.
“In particular, young people at the start of their careers struggle to afford current house prices in Oxfordshire.
“Having homes on campus, a short walk from where thousands work today and many thousands more will work in the future is a highly sustainable ‘live: work’ proposition.”
An outline of the plan has been submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council and the campus will submit a full application in due course.
Under current plans, the campus will build a third nursery, a second primary school and more shops and cafés.
Mr Horner added: “It will breathe new life into the campus overall.
“Harwell used to have many hundreds of homes on it and the Campus Partnership wants to make this provision again to enable this community to fully flourish throughout this and the next century.”
South Oxfordshire District Council’s cabinet is due to hold a special meeting today (Thursday) to vote on its Local Plan, after its initial rejection in March.
Officers have recommended the controversial plan to build up to 3,000 homes at Chalgrove Airfield should still go ahead but with a backup site.
In March, the cabinet recommended the Local Plan, which outlines where building will take place until 2033, should be accepted.
Officers recommended a backup at the time but then-leader John Cotton pushed through keeping the plan as it was. The council consequently rejected the plan and Jane Murphy replaced Cllr Cotton as leader after the latter resigned.