Cambridge eco-town discussions reopened
Plans for a former eco-town near Cambridge could go ahead after the parish council reopened discussions on its future.
The 10,000 home town, Northstowe, would be built in the Oakington area, which used to house an immigration centre.
The plans were originally put forward in 2007, but were abandoned after funding for congestion-relieving improvements of the nearby A14 were cut and the housing market crashed.
A spokesperson for South Cambridge Council said: ‘Following a pause in progress the project is now back on track. [We] are looking at possible revisions to the masterplan - but these are work in progress.’
It is thought that the outcome of the planning application, which will be subject to public consultation before submission, will be announced in late 2012.
Northstowe was originally intended to be one of the Labour government’s eco-towns, but it missed out on the first phase of the scheme.
The council spokesperson suggested the latest proposals would not involve eco-town status. ‘The eco-towns programme was an initiative of the previous government,’ she said.
‘The joint promoters and local authorities remain strongly committed to achieving levels of sustainability and high quality design.’