Plans submitted for 2,800-home Cambridgeshire urban extension

Developer Urban&Civic has submitted a hybrid planning application for the development of 2,800 homes and business space as part of an urban extension to St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

A visualisation of the finished Wintringham development
A visualisation of the finished Wintringham development

Alongside the homes, the application, submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council, proposes 63,500 square metres of employment space; a district centre with shops, services, community and health uses; two primary schools; transport works and associated infrastructure.

The hybrid application consists of an outline application for the development as a whole, as well as the detailed consent for infrastructure to assist in the delivery of the scheme’s first phase.

According to a statement issued by the developer, the site is established as a location for development in Huntingdonshire’s Adopted Core Strategy and is part of the St Neots Eastern Expansion Urban Design Framework.

In 2013, it was subject to a 2,800-home planning application by a former consortium, which was refused and subsequently appealed. The appeal was later withdrawn in 2017 and the consortium disbanded.

Urban&Civic’s development director, Tim Leathes said: "The town is one of the best connected in the region, with strong rail and road links.

"While we know there is concern around some of the current traffic issues, the investment in the A14 and A428 which is going on alongside this development, and our commitment to invest in the local road and bus connections, will go hand in hand with creating green corridors for safe cycle and walking routes to help people connect with the station and town centre, to get about safely and connect with nature."

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