Development partner selected for 4,500-home Cambridgeshire scheme

Plans for a new 4,500-home community in Cambridgeshire have taken a step forward following the appointment of a development partner for the scheme.

Wyton Airfield: scheme to be developed along 'garden village' principles
Wyton Airfield: scheme to be developed along 'garden village' principles

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DOI), the Ministry of Defence’s estates arm, has selected house builder Crest Nicholson as a development partner for the project on the site of Wyton Airfield.

It is planned that up to 4,500 homes, infrastructure and community facilities would be delivered on the site.

According to the DOI, the aim is to design the development "in line with Garden Village principles", incorporating high-quality green spaces, a mix of tenures, and involving the communities in the vision and long-term management arrangements.

The DIO said it is anticipated that a planning application for the scheme will be submitted in the early part of 2016.

Scott Black, Crest Nicholson Group new business director, said: "With an estimated Gross Development Value of circa £1 billion, the transformation of Wyton Airfield into a thriving new community will deliver a mix of much needed high quality new homes, including a proportion for private rent and self build.

"Furthermore it will be supported by two new primary schools, a new secondary school and improved public transport connections into Cambridge and Huntingdon."

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