The outline planning application covers proposals for around 9,500 new homes - with a town centre and schools, to create a community of up to 24,000.
The brownfield site is located five miles north-west of Cambridge
Four planning applications have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council: one outline application for the new town and three full applications for the highway links to Northstowe and for highway improvements to the A14 corridor.
English Partnerships regional director John Lewis said: “The plans represent high standards in every area, including design, public transport, cycling, employment, water and flood management, energy efficiency and extensive green open spaces, which exceed one third of the total area for Northstowe.
"These applications will set the standard for best practice in design, viability and sustainability.”
The target date for an outline planning permission is the end of 2008. Work could start within a few months of this and construction of the first homes could commence in the summer of 2009.