Northstowe - the mega building site on Dry Drayton's doorstep
Latest update from County Councillor Lynda Harford 18 April 2016
Three cheers : At long last April saw the announcement of the first construction company who will build on Northstowe Phase 1. A planning application from Bloor Homes is expected to be submitted in the near future and, fingers crossed, we may even see the first homes completed during first quarter 2017.
Latest Update from County Councillor Lynda Harford July 2015
Northstowe Joint Development Committee resolved to approve the grant of outline planning permission for Phase 2 of the development subject to agreement of the planning obligations under S106 and appropriate conditions, details of both of which will be considered by committee at its next meeting on 29 July. There will be varying opinions expressed about that decision but the application was policy compliant and, unless material planning considerations could be cited to support a refusal, it is likely that a subsequent appeal would not only have been successful but that the decision could have been considered unreasonable and, on that basis, significant costs awarded to the appellant. On a second application - for the southern access road members of the committee were much more in agreement and voted to grant full permission. Agenda:http://bit.ly/1gfWmyB
The story so far: a new town with 10,000 homes for 25,000 people is being built on our doorstep, partly on the former Oakington airfield, effectively linking Oakington and Longstanton. The original plan was for infrastructure building to start in early 2008 with the first houses later that year. The recession slowed progress but in 2012 the project started to move forward. This link will take you to the latest information on the project: www.northstowe.uk.com. The latest suggestion is that the development should take place in phases - phase one planning applications started early in 2012, then there will be phase 2 followed by a load more later phases.
More plans for the new town of Northstowe were approved on Wednesday 24 June 2015. Councillors agreed to the outline planning application by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the town centre, around 3,500 homes and a secondary school and two primary schools. Permission was also given for a new southern access road for the town providing a link toward the A14.
A further report will be considered in July to agree the developer contribution toward the town, including facilities such as the health centre, library and other town centre public buildings
The town is being developed by Gallagher Estates and the Government’s housing and land delivery body, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Planning permission had already been given for Gallagher’s first 1,500 homes, primary school, sports hub and local centre with shops. Work is underway ahead of homes being built in phase one which will also see improvements to the B1050.
When complete, Northstowe will have up to 10,000 new homes.
Below are earlier links to information about Northstowe as the story has unfolded.
- Cambs CC and S Cambs Northstowe Newsletter April 2013
- This link will take you to a March 2012 general update on the project from Councillor John Reynolds.
- The new town sits on the route of the Mis-guided Busway, the opening of which was itself delayed until 2011. This is a transport system which is intended to relieve pressure on the A14 road by connecting Huntingdon and Cambridge.
- Cambridge News search on "Northstowe"
- www.northstowe.net and www.northstowe.co.uk are two sites that are as interesting as their subject.
- Cambridgeshire Horizons is the body set up by the local authorities to manage the planning controls for this and other local delights. Here's their latest news on the project. South Cambs District Councillor Dr David Bard (Sawston) has his finger on the pulse representing South Cambs on the Cambridgeshire Horizons Board. Three local councils convinced the government that they can manage the planning of the site
- 2007 - Northstowe is to be even bigger than was originally proposed
- Gallagher Estates positive spin on building a "sustainable and innovative market town" on our doorstep.
- South Cambs District Council - safeguarding all our interests with the Northstowe Area Action Plan. Planning applications being considered by South Cambs District Council.
- Cambridgeshire County Council have a right of way project for Northstowe
- The mis-guided busway gets planning consent despite the proposals for a railway on the route by Cast Iron. Watch their propaganda movie on YouTube
- Watch the County Council propoganda film on the mis-guided busway
- Northstowe fails to become one of the new government backed eco towns in July 2009, but bounces back into a second list in December 2009
- Google Satellite picture of the area before development