Northstowe News

Design Code for town centre phase kicks off

The Design Code is a tool to create a great place to live with a distinctive character

This week you can comment on the Design Code for Phase Two. 

The HCA is consulting on the design code for phase two which acts as a bridge between the existing outline planning application for phase two and detailed planning.  

It will set out design principles for things like the town park, how people will move around the town, connectivity between the different neighbourhoods and with Phase One, and the types of homes that could be built.  Future reserved matters applications would be considered against the final design code.  Read more about Design Codes an Tibbalds on the blog.

Have your say online or attend the public drop in, Saturday 21st May 11-4pm at Longstanton Village Hall.

Dean Harris, Urban Designer and Planner at the HCA said:

"Tibbalds have been appointed to deliver the Design Code for the HCA and they are experienced architects and designers.  They wrote guidance on design codes for Government and have been working with us on a draft since January 2016.  We are now excited to have something for local people to comment on."

"It's important to get input from local people, who know for example what is important to local people and what works best about the area as it is."


Critical A14 improvements will support the development of Cambridgeshire’s new town.

Green light given for A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

The A14 upgrade is a critical highway infrastructure programme that will support the future of Northstowe’s development.  The Swavesey to Girton section of the improvement plans (D3, S2 on image) supports the growth of Northstowe that will grow to a population of around 25,000 people – the same population as Huntingdon.

The overall improvement scheme will upgrade a vital route which will relieve congestion, unlock growth and help to connect Northstowe to the major road network making it an enviable destination to live, work and learn.   

Philip Harker, Senior Manager in the HCA Northstowe team says:

“This is really good news for Northstowe.  HCA’s Northstowe team have been working closely with Highways England to align plans to connect Northstowe directly to the A14 at a new junction at Bar Hill.  Access to Northstowe will be created by the construction of a new road which connects directly to the town centre.

We will continue to work closely with Highways England to ensure our plans are coordinated to minimise disruption to the local communities as we start to construct our access road at the same time as the A14 upgrade work begins.”  

The upgraded A14 will open to traffic in 2020, although some finishing work such as the removal of the A14 viaduct in Huntingdon will continue beyond that with occasional road closures.

Read more on the full Highways England press release.

For the latest information about the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, visit; or search #A14C2H and follow @HighwaysEAST on Twitter.