Cambridgeshire new town set for further expansion


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Outline planning permission has been submitted by the Homes & Communities Agency for what will include a new town centre, three schools, a leisure centre and new roads.


Hundreds of construction jobs are set to be created in Cambridgeshire following news that a development of 3500 properties has been lodged for the new town of Northstowe.


One aspect of the development is for a new road extending from the town to accommodate buses that can access the Cambridge to St Ives guided busway.

This latest phase of development follows outline planning consent approved this spring for a first phase of 1500 new homes and community facilities at Northstowe. Gallagher Estates is responsible for phase one of development.

Homes & Communities Agency senior project manager Paul Kitson said that foundations are being laid for the creation of a “solid community”. “We have adopted a phased approach with road improvements and facilities being built hand in hand at each stage alongside new homes.”

Gallagher Estates executive director Alan Joyner added: “This planning application complements phase one, and we see Northstowe becoming an attractive destination for investment in homes, employment and leisure activities.”

Northstowe has been described as the largest new planned town since Milton Keynes. When complete the new town will have up to 10,000 new homes and a population of 24,000 people. First homes could be occupied at the town by spring 2016.