First Housebuilder confirmed for Cambridgeshire’s new town

11 April 2016

Bloor Homes has been confirmed as the first housebuilder at the new town of Northstowe after an agreement was confirmed with developers Gallagher.

The Bloor Homes site will see 92 new homes built with a range of house types and sizes up to five bedroom properties.

Detailed planning applications are expected to be submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council in May which the Council will carry out a public consultation on.

Provided planning permission is secured, building work could begin this summer, with the first residents moving in during the spring of 2017.

Jaimie Wragg, Design and Technical Director for Bloor Homes Eastern, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project and one we are extremely proud to be part of. Our plans will deliver much-needed new homes which will be particularly appealing to people who work in Cambridge but may have been priced out of buying a home there.

“Bloor Homes is well known for building high-quality new homes which stand the test of time, and these homes will provide a real opportunity for many local people to get onto or move up the property ladder. We have commenced pre-application discussions with planning officers and will be presenting our proposals to Cambridgeshire Quality Panel and Longstanton Parish Council in early May, prior to submitting a detailed planning application later the same month.

“We welcome the support we’ve received so far and we look forward to working with the councils and Gallagher to create a new town which residents will love living in.”

Alan Joyner, Executive Director, from Gallagher Estates said “Following the completion of the B1050 improvements and progress with the on-site primary roads, sewers and utilities by Gallagher’s contractors, another important stage has now been achieved to allow the growth of the new community at Northstowe to commence. This will happen when the first new residents arrive early next year. This is an exciting prospect and just reward for the significant effort and commitment of everyone involved in the planning of Northstowe over a considerable number of years, which is now coming to fruition”

Jo Mills, Director of Planning and New Communities at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “More high quality and well connected homes are much needed in the area to support thousands of new jobs being created. We are really pleased that the developers have now confirmed the first housebuilder and look forward to their planning applications being received.”

Gallagher are in negotiations with other housebuilders for the first phase of the new town.

Residents at Northstowe will benefit from easy access to the B1050 and the Busway Park and Ride site, which provides a public transport route to Cambridge, St Ives and Huntingdon.

More information can also be found by visiting www.northstowe.com, www.facebook.com/northstowe and by following @NorthstoweTown on Twitter.

Gallagher is the developer of the first Phase of Northstowe. It is one of the UK’s largest master developers, promoting and delivering residential and mixed use schemes across the country. In addition to Northstowe, Gallagher is currently promoting another new town in Bedford (The Wixams), and six other new communities in South Midlands/East of England growth areas.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the Government’s land delivery and housing investment agency and is the master developer for 208ha of Northstowe including the old airfield site, with the aim of bringing forward surplus public sector land for housing.