North Lanarkshire Council last week granted planning permission in principle for the development in the Mid Forest area of Abronhill. The council was also the applicant.
Plans for the site include a mixture of flats, terraced, and detached homes.
A planning report, which recommended approval, said the "Mid Forest Masterplan seeks to deliver a new residential neighbourhood for Cumbernauld comprising residential development with an indicative capacity of around 600 houses, constructed in a series of phases".
The report added that "the proposed masterplan is considered acceptable and in accordance with the relevant development plan policies and guidance".
The report said affordable housing would be provided at a minimum rate of 25 per cent, in line with local policy aspirations.
The development falls within the South Cumbernauld Community Growth Area, the report noted, part of a wider strategic development framework designed for the provision of up to 6,000 new homes in North Lanarkshire.
Benefits included that the scheme would link up via public footpaths with the Palacerigg Country Park and the Scottish Wildlife Trust Forest Wood Nature Reserve, the report said.
The report concluded that the development would "integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding area and not result in a significant adverse impact on established residential amenity or environmental designations".