Masterplan approved for 10,000 home new town
An overall plan for a 10,000 home town put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency and property company Gallagher has been approved.
South Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire Councils approved a masterplan for Northstowe on Friday last week.
Plans for the first 1,500 home phase of the development, which were submitted in February, have not yet been approved and the councils said the developers should revise these in light of the masterplan approval with a decision expected in the autumn.
Gallagher and the HCA are also expected to produce plans for the second phase of the town.
The approval of the masterplan came after the government announced it was going ahead with upgrades to the A14, including the potential for charging for use of the road.
The council said: ‘Without an upgrade of the A14 only a small number of homes at the proposed new town could be built.’
Tim Wotherspoon, cabinet member for Northstowe at South Cambridgeshire Council, said: ‘There is a huge demand for new homes in South Cambridgeshire, including properties that are affordable, to support the growth in new jobs. However, we must make sure that we build a community at Northstowe that is right for existing and new residents.’