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Stalled 10,000-home town plan back on track

The masterplan for a new town in Cambridgeshire that will incorporate 10,000 new homes has won approval.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s decision brings the stalled Northstowe project nearer to a start date.

The masterplan shows how land will be used and the integration of each phase of the development.

A planning application was made in February for the town’s first phase of 1,500 homes, a primary school, shops, employment land and community facilities.

Approval of the masterplan now means that developers Gallagher Estates and the Homes and Communities Agency will invest in revising that application following public consultation and begin work on plans for the second phase, the council said.

Last week’s Government statement on widening the A14 was a key factor as without this only a small number of homes could be built.

South Cambridgeshire’s cabinet member for Northstowe Tim Wotherspoon said: “There is a huge demand for new homes in South Cambridgeshire, including properties that are affordable, to support the growth in new jobs.

“However, we must make sure that we build a community at Northstowe that is right for existing and new residents.”

Northstowe is ultimately intended to have some 10,000 homes. It is a 288 hectares site bought by the former English Partnerships (now part of the HCA) from the Ministry of Defence in 2006.

The project was stalled by the recession and by uncertainty over the A14. It is served by the Cambridge-Huntingdon guided busway, which opened last year but remains the subject of a lengthy legal dispute between Cambridgeshire County council and contractor BAM Nuttall.

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  • great news for builders but if you are regular user of the A14 then it could spell long term delays. the much talked about guided bus route has had no impact on the A14 at all - so we can't rely on that to help ease congestion. the council will need to ensure that the upgrades and widening projects are completed well before the new 10,000 planned homes are complete.

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