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February 28, 2012

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Northstowe town in South Cambridgeshire

Gallagher Estates has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council in the UK for the first planning phase of a proposed new town named Northstowe for the north west of Cambridge.

Gallagher Estates executive director Alan Joyner said: "Northstowe will be built to high sustainability standards and will make an important contribution to the provision of market and affordable housing and economic growth in South Cambridgeshire."

Northstowe will provide 10,000 new homes as well as new schools, employment areas, a town centre and other community services on the old RAF Oakington Barracks site and surrounding land of approximately 480ha over the next 20 years.

The developers have also submitted a revised Northstowe-wide framework master plan giving a fresh approach to the planning and delivery of the new town.

The first phase of the development would be at the northern end of the town, adjacent to the Longstanton Park & Ride on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. It will also include a primary school, sports hub and other areas of open space, a local centre with shops and community uses and a site for a household recycling centre.

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) head of area Steve Collins said: "The joint promoters are confident that Northstowe can be delivered and have adopted a new phased approach to delivering housing as part of the comprehensive development of the wider vision for Northstowe as a new community."

Northstowe is the biggest new town to be proposed in the UK since Milton Keynes, according to HCA.

If planning permission is granted, construction of the first phase could begin in 2013.


Image: Northstowe is the biggest new town to be proposed in the UK since Milton Keynes, according to HCA. Photo: HelioSmith.


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