Plans approved in principle fo 'heart' of new town
HCA's Phase Two plans were approved in principle by the Planning Committee

More homes and facilities were given the green light for one of the UK’s largest planned developments, Northstowe in Cambridgeshire.  The Joint Development Control Committee approved in principle* plans for the ‘heart’ of the new community including a town centre, shops, 3 schools, roads, employment opportunities and 3500 new homes.

This news follows outline planning consent being approved in April 2014 for the first 1500 new homes, a primary school, sports hub,  and a local centre with shops and community uses plus a site for a Household Recycling Centre which is being developed by Gallagher Longstanton Ltd, who are jointly promoting Northstowe alongside the HCA. 

Initial roadworks have started to prepare for the new community and the first building, a primary school which will open its doors to pupils in September 2016.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the Government’s land and development agency developing part of the new town site which includes MoD land to the north west of Cambridge, alongside Gallagher Longstanton Ltd.  The Committee gave outline consent in principle to the overall phase two plans and detailed consent for a new link road, subject to a section 106 and planning conditions being agreed.

Paul Kitson, Head of Northstowe for the HCA said: “This is a major step forward for Northstowe which has been in the planning stages for many years.  Momentum is really building now which is really exciting and we will soon see houses coming out of the ground next year in addition to a new school to serve Phase 1.

Building the right sort of community is at the very centre of our approach.  The town is being planned the right way, in phases so that the right levels of homes, facilities and related infrastructure can be built alongside each other.    This is what people have told us they want, and this is what we are doing and we look forward to working with the Councils to agree the finer details and timing.”

We will, of course, continue to work with all parties involved including the existing local communities at Longstanton, Oakington and the surrounding area as well as the wider Cambridgeshire community to develop a town that is a fantastic place to live and work both now and for many generations to come.”

Alan Joyner, Executive Director, Gallagher Longstanton Ltd welcomes the decision to proceed with a further phase of development at Northstowe to follow-on from Phase 1.  He said: “This will give confidence for the future investment required to provide the homes, jobs and facilities which will be vital for the successful delivery of the new town.

It is a very positive outcome from the considerable efforts of the scheme promoters and the local authorities who have worked closely together to reach agreement on the creation a new community within a comprehensive scheme of development.”

When complete, Northstowe will have up to 10,000 new homes and an anticipated population of around 24,400 people. It already benefits from a guided busway which runs alongside the development, and which will have dedicated links into and through the town, and will offer quality transport links and quick connections to the towns of Cambridge and St Ives, a secondary school operated by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, and a vibrant town centre, all offering plenty of employment opportunities for local people.

Gallagher Longstanton Ltd started major road improvement works in for the first 1500 homes, a school and related facilities in April this year (2015).  The first Northstowe homes are due to complete in 2016.    The first Phase Two homes would be completed in 2019.