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Green light for student accommodation on £1bn Cambridge scheme

Cambridge University has been granted planning permission for the student accommodation development of its £1bn North West Cambridge scheme.

Phase one of the development, which has been divided into 11 lots, includes 325 postgraduate bedspaces out of an initial 2,000 announced in the planning application last February.

RH Partnership has designed Lot 5 of the scheme, which covers student housing, will meet BREEAM excellent standards.

The Reserved Matters Applications for the remainder of phase one of the development, which includes further housing lots, local shops and a school, will continue to be determined throughout 2014.

Infrastructure works will take place in 2014, with phased competitions to begin from 2015.

North West Cambridge project developer, Roger Taylor said: “These are the first buildings in phase one that have received planning approval and they reflect the characteristics of the masterplan, which is to create a new, cohesive urban extension to Cambridge.”

RH Partnership project associate Andrew Drummond added: “The last 18 months has seen an exciting and often challenging collaboration between the architectural, masterplanning and technical teams, working closely together to create an elegant extension to our city.”

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