Plans lodged for 1,000-home Cambridgeshire urban extension

Outline plans for a 1,000-home urban extension to Huntingdon have been submitted by housebuilder Bloor Homes.

Huntingdon: Plans for 1,000-home urban extension
Huntingdon: Plans for 1,000-home urban extension

The development, on a 50 hectare site to the north west of the town, also include proposals for a new primary school, community facilities, plus a local centre with up to 1,000 square metres of retail and food and drink outlets.

Virtually all of the application site, which sits on agricultural land, is allocated in Huntingdonshire District Council’s local plan for housing development.

The planning statement prepared by planning consultancy Bidwells on behalf of Bloor said: "Overall, the planning benefits of the proposed development are substantial.

"The application proposals would deliver much needed market and affordable housing in a location which is accessible to existing local services and amenities.

"The scheme would also provide significant areas of landscaping and open space which would bring bio-diversity and amenity enhancements to the local area."

In addition, the proposed development would generate substantial community infrastructure levy payments to mitigate the impacts of development, the statement said.

An indicative masterplan submitted with the application proposes an average net density of 43 homes per hectare across the site.

The level of affordable housing would be determined through negotiations with the local authority up to its policy target of 40 per cent, according to the planning statement.

The proposed development land is also part of a site earmarked for an 85 hectare residential-led mixed use urban extension in the council’s emerging draft local plan, which was submitted for examination in March.

It also lies within the designated neighbourhood planning area for Huntingdon. The final draft of the neighbourhood plan has been published for public consultation, but does not include any specific housing policies.

In April, the council approved plans for a 1,000-home urban extension at St Neots, after planners concluded that the developer's pledge to start work on the scheme in a 'timely' fashion helped outweigh a non-policy compliant level of affordable homes.

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