A developer has warned residents its village green could be closed after vegetables mysteriously planted in the communal space was labelled as "vandalism".

The Graven Hill Village Development Company (GHVDC) has written to its residents after "unauthorised and inappropriate” work on the village green by “vandalising” an area of wildflowers to plant vegetables.

The Bicester development is the UK's largest self-build and custom-build project, taking up 188 hectares of former Ministry of Defence land.

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Residents have been told if the area continues to be “abused” it will close the village green until handing over the land to the Cherwell District Council.

In a letter obtained by the Oxford Mail, GHVDC said: “We strongly condemn these actions and will take all appropriate steps to deal with this matter.

“The village green is an amenity space for all residents to enjoy, and whilst designated for communal use this does not allow unapproved works to be carried out in these areas.

“GHVDC has opened these areas in advance of their handover to the council.

"However, if use of these areas to abused even if by a few individuals then we will have no alternative but to close these areas until they are transferred.

“Clearly this is not something that we would wish to do.

“We are committed to preserving the integrity of Graven Hill’s green spaces and ensuring that they remain accessible to all residents.”