First homes at Northstowe given green light
Construction of the first homes at the new town of Northstowe are just around the corner after detailed plans for 92 properties were given the green light by Council planners.
Approval of the plans could see homes begin to be built within weeks on land near the existing Longstanton guided busway park and ride site.
The green light was given following a public consultation by South Cambridgeshire District Council in June on the planning application by Bloor Homes.
The plans included the look and feel of the new homes, spacing, layout, trees, landscaping and areas for children to play. The application also covered the layout and location of roads, paths and cycleways.
The first 92 homes will be a mixture of house types and sizes of up to five bedrooms.
Agreement on plans for the first homes follows approval for the first town square to be built at the new town.
The local centre square will be just under 5,000 square metres in size and include grass, paved areas and seating where people can relax. Crab trees will also be included following a request from the local community as Crabtree Corner is the local name for this part of the B1050 which is nearby.
The local square will be easily accessible from the proposed community building and shops that are planned in the first phase of the town.
Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “Things are really gaining pace at Northstowe and we are entering into an incredibly exciting stage. We already have a school building in place but the first homes being given planning permission, and building work being just around the corner, is a huge landmark. We want Northstowe to be of the highest quality and a fantastic place to live, work and go to school. In no time at all we will have the first residents at the new town and years of planning will become a reality.
“I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultations we have run on the applications for the town. Your input is vitally important.”
More information on the new town can be found by visiting www.northstowe.com, www.facebook.com/northstowe and by following @NorthstoweTown on Twitter.