Northstowe, England’s largest new planned town since Milton Keynes, has passed another key milestone.
Outline plans for the ‘heart’ of the new Cambridgeshire settlement including the town centre, secondary school, two primary schools and approximately 3,500 new homes has been submitted by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to the planning authority. South Cambridgeshire District Council.
It has set up a joint development control committee with the county council to handle the development.
As well as the housing and the proposals for the town centre the second phase of the scheme includes:
an employment area
significant recreation space and landscaped areas
a new ‘eastern’ sports hub
he remaining part of the ‘western’ sports hub (being built along with the new homes on the first phase).
Also in the second phase of the settlement are detailed plans for a road extending out of phase two to the south, linking buses to the guided bus way and cars to another new road which heads west to join the B1050 at the A14.
In addition, the latest proposals include two new large flood attenuation ponds to hold surface water from Northstowe as well as drainage plans to deal with the water from the site.
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 bus way which runs alongside the development, and it will feature high-quality transport links offering quick connections to the towns of Cambridge and St Ives.