Northstowe News

Multi-million-pound deal means new town gets off to a great start

Exciting news broke recently regarding the new town of Northstowe. The first 1500 new homes will benefit from a local centre with shops and employment opportunities, improved transport as well as a household recycling centre and a primary school. A new community centre, a sports hub and lots of open space will be provided. In addition to this, the secondary school can now be built as early as possible in the process, thanks to joint landowners, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), making their land available which will bring forward the delivery of the secondary school.

A legal agreement for the financial contribution towards these facilities is due to be completed imminently and then the ‘official’ permission can be issued. This news follows full planning committee’s resolution to grant permission in principle October 2012, and subsequent negotiation between partners; Gallagher Estates, a joint landowner, and the local planning authorities South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

Delivering a new town of the highest quality has always been a priority and the agreement between the Councils and Gallagher Estates will secure the money needed to provide the facilities that are vital to its success.There is huge demand for new homes in Cambridgeshire, especially at a price people can afford.
Work has already started preparing the site where the new homes will be and this work includes some hedge and tree pruning work and ecological and archaeological investigations. Following the final permission being issued, a series of detailed planning applications can be worked up, which will include the design and appearance of homes all of which will be the subject of consultations with the public.   

Gallagher Estates are keen to start construction work as soon as the relevant permission is in place. This construction work would include alterations to the B1050 at the entrance to the site and also some of the roads relating to the initial development and preparing the site for the primary school. Andy Lawson from Gallagher Estates comments:

“All being well, work on the new primary school site should start at the end of 2014 and the ‘water park’ (drainage, ecological and leisure space) and ‘greenways’ – will then be constructed. On this basis, house builders are expected to start in the second half of 2015 with the first new homes completed by the end of that year, so this is a very exciting time for us.”
One in five of the homes in the initial development will be affordable rented or shared ownership. However, a variety of other homes could be built in the first phase that are open to buy or rent for all residents with the support of schemes such as ‘Help to Buy’, mortgage guarantee and similar Government backed initiatives which may be available.
The partners responsible for making Northstowe happen are South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Gallagher Estates, the developers of the first phase of homes, and the Homes and Communities Agency, the Government’s land and housing agency.

Find out more about what will be included in the initial facilities by reading the full press release  and for further information about the planning application for the first Phase 1 of Northstowe see the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.