A large housing estate of 7,000 homes is to be built over the next 20 years at Alconbury Weald in Cambridgeshire.
The site was formerly an RAF air base used in the Cold war, but is now one of a number of sites being sold by the Ministry of Defence for housing.
Developers Urban & Civic have already put the first 128 homes up for sale, with the development set to include a secondary school and two primary schools, a health centre, an industrial zone aided by government grants and a new railway station to connect it with Cambridge and London.
Alconbury will also have 700 acres of green space, including a cricket field, with the entire site costing £1.5 billion to develop.
The base is one of four in the East of England earmarked for housing in a parliamentary statement in January. The others are RAF Molesworth, in Cambridgeshire, plus Barnham and Mildenhall in Suffolk.