Phase One gains outline planning consent

25 October 2012

Gallagher’s development of the first phase of Northstowe is a step closer after the joint committee of members of South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council resolved to grant outline planning permission, subject to the completion of a legal agreement.

Gallagher’s proposal will deliver around 1,500 homes, a primary school, shops, community facilities, employment land and significant public open space including a water park. With a focus on sustainable development, the scheme is designed to create neighbourhoods with excellent pedestrian links and the site’s close proximity to the successful Cambridgeshire Guided Busway means residents will benefit from convenient bus routes to Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The resolution follows endorsement in July this year of a master plan for the entire town, which is being jointly promoted by Gallagher Estates and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Northstowe will provide up to 10,000 new homes in total around a new town centre and aspires to be an exemplar development in terms of its design and environmental credentials.

Alan Joyner, Executive Director for Gallagher Estates said:

“We are delighted that our planning application has been endorsed, and will continue to strive towards delivering an exemplar and viable scheme of development where people will be proud to live.  We are committed to working with our partners and the local community and look forward to maintaining the momentum gained over the recent months to bring this first phase to fruition.”

Terry Fuller, Executive Director at the HCA, said:

“As well as being one of our top priorities, Northstowe has the full backing of national and local government. We’re determined that this new town will serve the needs of existing and future residents in every respect, and have ensured that design quality is at the forefront of our proposals. Today’s decision means we can look forward to a start on site in the second half of next year.”

Laraine Southwood, Technical Director at Terence O’Rourke Ltd, the lead consultancy for the Phase One scheme, said:

“The decision of the Northstowe Joint Development Control Committee represents a significant step forward for this nationally important project. Delivering a new community with high environmental credentials is an exciting challenge and one which I’m confident will be a great success.”

Over the coming months the Joint Promoters and the Councils will be looking to conclude the legal agreement and to secure the outline planning permission for Phase One. Further detailed design work will then be undertaken before construction starts.