Northstowe News

Planning application submitted for first local centre

Local people are urged to have their say on a local square, a lake, green spaces and drainage on the first phase of the new town

Local people are being urged to have their say during a consultation on plans for the first town square to be built at the new town of Northstowe.

The public consultation by South Cambridgeshire District Council follows planning applications being submitted by Gallagher – developer of the first phase of the town – for the local centre square, a lake and areas of green space and drainage that will run through the first 1,500 new homes.

The lake and surrounding area will be around 12.8 Hectares – around the same size as 18 football pitches – and include landscaped areas for trees and wild flowers, footpaths and cycle ways and is expected to be a haven for wildlife.

The green spaces that will cut through the development are an essential part of the drainage network and will link up to the lake where the surface water from phase one of the town will be dealt with. They provide great opportunities for recreation, walking, cycling and wildlife habitat.

The local centre square will be just under 5,000 square metres in size and the plans would see grass, paved areas and seating where people can relax. Crab trees are also proposed – a request made by the local community as Crabtree Corner is the local name for this part of the B1050 which is nearby.

The local square will be easily accessible from the proposed community building and shops that are planned in the first phase of the town.

To view the plans and have your say visit and enter the reference number of the application you want to comment on. Local square – S/3164/15/RM, green space and drainage through the first phase – S/3018/15/RM and the drainage lake – S/3017/15/RM.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 26 January 2016.

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said:

“We want Northstowe to be a fantastic place to live, work and go to school. These applications are really important as they will be focal points for the first phase of the new town so please make sure you take this opportunity to have your say.”

A drop in event to find out more about the plans is also being held on Monday 11 January at the Longstanton Village Institute, High Street, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.