New homes are back on track for Northstowe

3 October 2011

Plans for the first new homes for Northstowe, the proposed new town to the north-west of Cambridge, are being shared with the public.  The Joint Promoters, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Gallagher, will be asking the public for their views on a first phase of new homes and a revised ‘master plan’ of the new community during October.

Following a period of low activity due to the economic downturn and subsequent dip in the house building industry, Northstowe is back on track and the Joint Promoters plus partners; South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, are committed to the delivery of this new community for Cambridgeshire.

Northstowe is a proposed new town which will include up to 10,000 new homes as well as new schools, employment areas, and town centre, and other vital community services. The Joint Promoters have continued to express confidence that Northstowe can be delivered and have been exploring ways with all partners in which early phases of the project could be brought forward both in the short term, and as part of the wider vision for Northstowe.

All partners are committed to engaging with the public so there will be a public consultation prior to the planning application being submitted where the plans for phase one and the revised master plan can be viewed and members of the public can ask questions.

These plans will be available via a public exhibition held in Oakington and Longstanton from 6-8 October, and online at northstowe.uk.com*. Feedback is welcomed on the plans up until 28 October. A planning application is then due to be submitted in January 2012.

Terry Fuller, Executive Director for the HCA in the east and south east said: “I am really pleased that we have been able to progress plans for Northstowe in such challenging times.  Making the best use of public sector land is high on our agenda and this proposed development will do just that, making a huge contribution to the local economy and provide housing for a variety of people from around the region.”

Alan Joyner, Executive Director, Gallagher Estates said: “We are pressing ahead with Northstowe and would like as many people as possible to attend the exhibitions or look at the proposals on line. Together with our partners we are looking forward to developing this unique and exciting project.”

ENDS

Media invite:
Members of the press are invited to a special preview on the morning of Thursday, October 6 at Longstanton Sports Pavilion from 10am.

Experts from the Joint Partners will be available for interview.

Please confirm your attendance by responding to Mark Miller, 01223 699283  

For more media information contact Mark Miller on 01223 699283 or Andy Lawson, Gallagher Estates on 01926 339339, or Paul Kitson, HCA on 01223 374 063.

Notes to Editors:
*Drop in exhibition sessions:
Thursday 6 October 2011, 12pm until 8pm, The Pavilion, Over Rd, Longstanton, CB24 3DW

Friday 7 October 2011, 1pm until 6pm, Oakington Sports Pavilion, Queens Way, Oakington,, CB24 3AW

Saturday 8 October 2011, 10am until 4pm, The Pavilion, Over Rd, Longstanton, CB24 3DW

The Homes and Communities Agency and Gallagher have been working together as joint promoters of Northstowe since the beginning of 2006.

Gallagher is one of the UK’s largest master developers, promoting and delivering residential and mixed use schemes across the country. In addition to Northstowe, Gallagher is currently promoting another new town in Bedford (The Wixams), and six other new communities in South Midlands/East of England growth areas.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.