About Northstowe

Northstowe - A sustainable new development in Cambridgeshire

Based on the site of the former RAF Oakington base and surrounding farmland between Cambridge and Huntingdon, Northstowe will be a sustainable new development that is richly steeped in local history, giving it an identity that is entirely unique and one that promotes health and well-being. 

Northstowe will have up to 10,000 new homes and an anticipated population of around 24,400 people which is around the same population as Huntingdon to the north, or Broadstairs in Kent. 

Read more about homes at Northstowe.

It is already connected to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which has integrated cycle routes providing quick connections to the major towns of Cambridgeshire.

The A14 upgrades will also be completed by 2020 connecting the town directly into the main UK road network, putting it in an enviable position to serve a diverse community.

Northstowe has been in the planning for many years. Take a look at how it has developed from inception through to implementation.

How can I view the Northstowe planning application?

The easiest way for you to view the plans is to visit and search for the planning applications using the application reference numbers:

  • S/0388/12/OL - Outline Planning Application Phase 1
  • S/2011/14/OL - Outline Planning Application Phase 2

If you do not have internet access, you can also view the plans at our office between 9am and 5pm weekdays.

Please look out on parish notice boards for details of how the Parish Council will make the plans available for viewing.

Northstowe Timeline

2003 - Northstowe inception – new town allocated in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Structure Plan.

2005 - Gallagher, an experienced master developer and property investment company submitted first application for a new town near Longstanton for 8000 dwellings (later withdrawn in 2007).

July 2007 - Northstowe Area Acton Plan [PDF] (NAAP) adopted (Policy framework document for up to 10,000 homes in sustainable small new town north of Longstanton and east of villages of Oakington and Westwick).

Dec 2007 - In 2007 Gallagher and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the government housing and regeneration body, submitted planning applications for the entire Northstowe site. 

2010 - HCA inherited the MoD land at Oakington Airfield.

August 2011 - Guided Busway opened.

October 2012 -  Northstowe Development Framework Document [PDF] approved - this suite of documents refreshed the original plans for Northstowe defining the rationale and structure for Northstowe's planning and delivery. The Exemplar Addendum document [PDF] was also submitted and approved.

April 2014 - Phase 1 outline planning consent granted  - 1500 homes, a primary school, mixed use local centre, community building, recreational space and flood attenuation ponds. Phase 1 Section 106 agreed £30m for community facilities.

June 2014 - Phase 1 Design code approved which sets out the look, feel and movement for the development of the first 1500 homes.

Summer 2015 - Phase 2 outline consent agreed in principle for HCA to develop 3500 homes including education campus, two primary schools, a secondary school, sports hub, town centre, busway, southern access link road plus S106 agreed in principle for £73m community facilities.

March 2016 - Selected by to be part of NHS England ‘Healthy New Town’ initiative.

Summer 2016 - Primary school complete. Occupied temporarily by Hatton Park School for 2016-17 academic year.

January 2017 -  Phase 2 outline planning consent granted. A S106 was also agreed for approximately £70m of infrastructure and community facilities.

April 2017 - First homes in Northstowe occupied.

October 2017 – Phase 2 Design Code setting out the basis for design standards is approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council

February 2018 – Design Competition launched for the Phase 2 Education Campus

June-July 2018 – Archaeological Digs occur across Phase 2 as infrastructure work commences.

October 2018 – County Council approves detailed permission for the Education Campus

February 2019 – Work commences on the Phase 2 Education Campus

June 2019 – Phase 1 Local Centre Square is completed and open.

September 2019 – Secondary School opens on Phase 2

November 2019 – Pioneer Park started expected to be open March/April 2020

January 2020 – Final Residential parcel (H13) received. Applicant Taylor Wimpey

February 2020 – First Residential parcel of Phase 2 approved for 406 homes and commercial space. Including the opportunity to self/custom build houses. Applicant Urban Splash

May 2020 - Outline planning application for the development of Northstowe Phase 3A and Northstowe Phase 3B

June 2020 - Northstowe Town Centre Strategy approved 

August 2020 - Work started on Inholm 

Read more about the details on the history of the Northstowe site.

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