Residents thanked for views on Northstowe proposals

17 April 2012

Residents have been thanked for giving their views during a six week public consultation on refreshed plans for the proposed new town of Northstowe.

During the consultation that closed yesterday (Monday), South Cambridgeshire District Council sought views on a planning application for the first phase of the new town – which could see 1,500 homes, a primary school, sports hub, areas of open space, a local centre, shops, employment opportunities and a site for a household recycling centre built – along with comments on a master plan showing outline ideas for the whole scheme.

Around 500 residents attended four special events to view plans and speak to representatives from the Council and joint promoters of the new town – Gallagher and the Homes and Communities Agency – with almost 200 people responding online or during events.

Council bosses have said they are now reviewing the responses received, including those from organisations such as utility providers, emergency services and highway authorities, and will use them to discuss with the joint promoters how alterations might need to be to made to the proposals being put forward for the new town.

A report on the master plan for the new town is planned to be presented to the ten elected District and County Councillors on the Northstowe Joint Development Control Committee in the summer. They will decide whether or not it should be endorsed.

It is anticipated the planning application for the first phase of the proposed new town will then be presented to the committee in the autumn.

Jo Mills, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Corporate Manager for Planning and New Communities, said: “We would like to thank residents for taking the opportunity to come and discuss the proposals at the events we held as well as giving us their views through our website. It is vital we tap into local expertise and knowledge to make sure Northstowe is a great place to live, work, shop and go to school. Everyone at the Council wants to make sure the proposals put before councillors later in the year take on board the comments from our communities, and we will now discuss the plans further with Gallagher and the Homes and Communities Agency to do just that.”

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For further information contact Gareth Bell in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s communications team on 01954 713289 or gareth.bell@scambs.gov.uk