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August 9, 2012

Cambridge University gets planning permission for £1bn development

The University of Cambridge in the UK has secured planning permission from the local planning authorities for its £1bn development in North West Cambridge.

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The University of Cambridge in the UK has secured planning permission from the local planning authorities for its £1bn development in North West Cambridge.

The development on 150 hectare site will include 1,500 homes for the university and college employees, 1,500 homes for sale as well as 2,000 rooms for students.

The development will also feature 100,000m² of research facilities which include 40,000m² for research institutes and private research facilities connected to the university, alongside community facilities.

About one third of the site will be used as public open space for sports, informal recreation and ecological use.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the University of Cambridge vice-chancellor, said the development is a major part of the university’s long term future.

"It will provide much of the residential and research accommodation that the University needs as it grows over the next 20 years," Borysiewicz said.

"Attracting world class academics, researchers and research partners is vital for the University to retain its world class position amid growing global competition."

"Being able to provide high quality, affordable housing in a thriving community will be an important element of our offer to them."

Project director Roger Taylor said that the new community facilities will be accessed to large areas of new open space for sports, walking and other activities.

"We will invest in dedicated cycle routes and facilities and give priority to cyclists and pedestrians," Taylor said.

The first phase of the development will feature around 530 homes for the university staff, about 426 homes for sale, accommodation for 300 students and the local centre.

The first phase will feature a community centre, primary school, nursery, GP surgery, senior care home, supermarket and shops, hotel as well as police office.

Phase one of development is subject to approval from the Cambridge University ‘s Regent House, which is expected in early 2013.

Recently, the university revealed the results of an architectural competition which had received 158 entries from design practices for the eight lots of first phase.

The first phase is expected to commence in early 2013 and complete by mid-2015.

Image: The development will include 2,000 student bedrooms and research facilities. Photo: courtesy of The University of Cambridge .

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