Northstowe reaches planning milestone

19 March 2013

The Joint Promoters of Northstowe, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Gallagher Estates, can now progress the first phase of the new town as today the Joint Development Committee approved the section 106 planning agreement in principle.

Northstowe is the biggest proposed new town since Milton Keynes.  This exciting project in Cambridgeshire will bring with it jobs and homes for a wide variety of people from the local area and beyond.  Northstowe will contribute to the economic growth of the Cambridge area by delivering housing, employment, commercial and recreational facilities.    

Alan Joyner, Executive Director for Gallagher Estates who submitted the application for phase one said:

“We recognise how important this project is and that it has been a long time coming so we’re pushing forward as quickly as we can now to commence development on site as soon as possible. The first priorities for all parties will include the completion of the legal and contractual procedures to enable to outline planning permission to be issued for the first phase of Northstowe.”

Terry Fuller, Executive Director for the HCA adds:

“Northstowe is one of the HCA’s top priorities so I am really pleased that we have got past this important step in the overall plan to deliver it, and that it has been given the stamp of approval by the Committee.  We’re determined that this new town will serve the needs of existing and future residents in every respect, and have ensured that design quality is at the forefront of our proposals.

“Now the hard work really starts as we plan for houses to come out of the ground in phase one and also start to develop more detailed plans for the new town to actually take shape.  There will be lots of opportunities for the public and interested parties to get involved each step of the way and we are looking forward to engaging with them on this as plans develop.”

This news follows endorsement in July 2012 year of a master plan for the entire town and resolution to grant phase one in October 2012, conditional on agreeing the section 106 planning agreement.

Phase one will deliver around 1,500 homes, a primary school, shops, community facilities, employment land and significant public open space including a water park. With a focus on sustainable development, the scheme is designed to create neighbourhoods with excellent pedestrian links and the site’s close proximity to the successful Cambridgeshire Guided Busway means residents will benefit from convenient bus routes to Cambridge and Huntingdon.

Work will start now on the legal aspects of the planning agreement and at the same time the team will drill down the details of the construction work and the timing of when it can realistically start on site.  

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Notes to editors:

Gallagher and the HCA have been working together as Joint Promoters of Northstowe since the beginning of 2006.

Northstowe will provide up to 10,000 new homes and related facilities on the old RAF Oakington Barracks site and surrounding land of approximately 480ha.  The delivery of Northstowe with housing, employment, commercial and recreational facilities will make an important contribution to the economic growth of the Cambridge area.    

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.

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