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Planning news – 6 January 2022: Two developments approved in Cambridgeshire

by on January 6, 2022

Our planning news is published in association with ThePlanner, the official magazine of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Two developments approved in Cambridgeshire

Developer CALA Homes has been granted planning for two separate developments – 111 homes will be delivered at Waterbeach and 261 homes will be built at Alconbury Weald in Cambridgeshire.

Overall, both developments will eventually have 6,500 homes each.

Waterbeach is being brought forward by Urban&Civic. The site is a former barracks and airfield. The new town will be delivered across 716 acres, and will feature three new primary schools, a secondary school, community facilities, a health centre, 59 hectares of formal open spaces and sports pitches, and a network of footpaths and cycleways. Electric charge points will be installed at each home.

This permission will see CALA deliver 111 new homes comprising apartments and houses, which the firm say have been designed to comply with the Regulatory Plan and Framework Design Code approved as part of the outline planning permission at Waterbeach.

Alconbury Weald is also a former barracks and airfield. Here, CALA will build 261 properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses. Urban&Civic is also behind the masterplan for this area. The overall development includes new primary and secondary schools, employment space, a railway station, community facilities and 608 acres of woodland and green space.

Environmentally friendly measures will be delivered across each development, including the installation of bat and bird boxes, hedgehog highways, sheltered movement corridors (for wildlife) and greenway habitats. 

Jim Brunt, land director at CALA Homes (North Home Counties), said: “Receiving approval to progress the two sites so quickly is a testament to the strength of the relationship between CALA and Urban&Civic – who have worked collaboratively to move Waterbeach and Alconbury Weald forward.

“We’re expecting to be on site at Alconbury Weald in January and Waterbeach in March 2022.”

20 December 2021
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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