Northstowe background

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and property investment company submitted first application for a new town near Longstanton for 8000 dwellings (later withdrawn in 2007).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 (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. Extensive public consultation was carried out and the overall response was an encouraging one. The outline application for 9500 homes and associated facilities and infrastructure submitted remain undetermined as superseded by new plans in 2012.

2007-2009 - The economy slipped into recession and following the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010, the A14 road improvement scheme was withdrawn stalling progress on Northstowe.

2010 - HCA inherited the MoD land at Oakington Airfield.

August 2011 - Guided Busway opened.

October 2012 -  Northstowe Development Framework Document 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 was also submitted and approved.

January 2014 - Phase 1 Section 106 £30m for community facilities agreed.

April 2014 - Phase1 outline planning consent granted  - 1500 homes, a primary school, mixed use local centre, community building, recreational space and flood attenuation ponds

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

Spring 2015 - Earthworks and infrastructure works commenced on Phase 1.

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.

April 2016 - Bloor Homes announced as first Phase 1 housebuilder.

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

November 2016 - Reserved matters application approved for Western Park including pitches, open space, land for allotments and a community orchard  and associated foot and cycle ways.

January 2017 - S106 agreement finalised and Phase 2 outline planning consent granted.

April 2017 - First homes in Northstowe occupied.

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

You can also view the original master plans and all planning documents for Northstowe.

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