Public Consultation begins for the next stage of the planned town of Northstowe

21 March 2014

As the Northstowe Town project enters the next exciting phase of public consultation, there was a one-off opportunity for media to visit RAF Oakington - the location of the next phase of the new town - to see first-hand how the new town might take shape.

The ‘Phase 2 public consultation’, which began on 21 March, explores an outline plan including the town centre, secondary school, two primary schools and approximately 3,500 new homes as well as two new access roads, employment possibilities and recreational areas. It follows on from the ‘Phase 1’ public consultation held in 2012.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), landowner of the airfield part of the development, is proposing to submit 3 planning applications following the public consultation and are inviting views on each of them. The outline planning application for this next phase of plans covers an area of approximately 159 hectares and in total includes:

·      approximately 3,500 new homes, 

·      two primary schools, and a secondary school,

·      the town centre including employment potential

·      recreation space and landscaped areas, 

·      a new ‘eastern’ sports hub, 

·      part of the ‘western’ sports being built along with the first new homes (phase one) 

·      up to three primary roads linking to the southern access road and the busway running to the south of the site, engineering and infrastructure works;

The consultation period runs from 21 March until April 4 2014 and people are invited to give their views about the proposals online at or at a number of locations

Discuss these plans face to face with the team on: 

·      Friday 21 March 4pm to 8pm Longstanton Village Institute 
High Street, Longstanton CB24 3BS 

·      Saturday 22 March 10am to 4pm Oakington & Westwick Sports Pavilion Queens Way CB24 3AW 

·      Saturday 29 March 10am to 4pm Longstanton Village Institute 
High Street, Longstanton CB24 3BS 


View proposals on: 

·      Monday 24 to Friday 28 March 4.30pm to 9.30pm Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane CB24 4RS 

·      Saturday 29 March to Friday 4 April (during opening hours) Bar Hill Library, Gladeside CB23 8DY 


Comment forms also available at: 

·      Willingham Library Church Street CB4 5HS 

·      Willingham Medical Practice
 52 Long Lane, Willingham CB24 5LB 

·      Longstanton Branch Surgery
 Magdalene Close, Longstanton CB24 3EG 

Northstowe is a planned new town of 10,000 homes, situated approximately 10km north-west of Cambridge on the former RAF Oakington site and surrounding farmland. It will be a vibrant 21st century town with a strong local identity.  

Northstowe will have an anticipated population of around 24,400 people. It will feature high quality transport infrastructure offering quick connections to the major towns of Cambridgeshire, a secondary school operated by one of the top performing state schools in the country and a vibrant town centre, all offering plenty of employment opportunities for local people.

It will be designed to offer all the facilities that one would expect from a medium sized market town, including a town centre which will serve not just new residents, but also residents from nearby villages. The town centre will provide a mix of retail, employment, residential and civic uses. It will evolve over a considerable period of time as the population of Northstowe grows.

It is the first planned new town for over 50 years and one of the UK’s largest developments. It will be a sustainable new development that is richly steeped in local history, giving it an identity that is entirely unique.