Plans submitted for major new town

Plans have been submitted for the biggest new town since Milton Keynes. The major development is planned for the north west of Cambridge at RAF Oakington.

Should the proposed town of Northstowe get the go-ahead, over the next 20 years it will provide up to 10,000 new homes, schools and a town centre.

The phase one application was submitted by developer Gallagher Estates and has gained the full support of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Plans took a huge step forward when Chancellor George Osborne announced that £20m would go towards upgrading the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge, increasing traffic to the proposed Northstowe site.

Executive director of Gallagher Estates 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.

“We are looking forward to continuing the positive dialogue we have had with the local authorities and local communities and we will all be working towards the planning application being determined before the end of the year.”

Steve Collins, Head of Area for the HCA, said “Gallagher submitting the phase one application is fully supported by the HCA as it is part of the revised master plan for the whole site, the majority of which HCA owns. It’s therefore a major milestone for the project as a whole.

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