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700 homes, hotel, office space and shops promised as Cambridge North website goes live




A new hotel, 700 homes, office space, shops, cafes, community facilities and open spaces are coming to the Cambridge North area.

A new website showcasing the plans for the disused 40-acre brownfield site around the railway station has gone live today ahead of a consultation on the next phase of the project.

The plans for Cambridge North. Image: Chesterton Partnership
The plans for Cambridge North. Image: Chesterton Partnership

Working on the plans is the Chesterton Partnership, which comprises the owners of the land, Network Rail and DB Cargo UK (part of Deutsche Bahn), and Brookgate, their development partner.

They say the vision for the land is “to transform the area into a thriving and inclusive new neighbourhood, providing much-needed high quality homes and workspaces, together with new community facilities and open space”.

Phase one is already well under way, with a 217-bedroom hotel due to open later this year and construction of an office building with 9,000 square metres to let due to start this year.

Consultation will begin this autumn on the second phase, which will feature 700 homes and 12,000 square metres of office space, along with shops, cafés, community facilities and open spaces.

Sven Topel, CEO of Brookgate said: “We have been working hard with our partners, an expert team and the local authorities on our plans for creating a brilliant new neighbourhood at Cambridge North to meet pressing local needs for housing and suitable office space to attract leading employers.

A vision of how it could look once phases two and three are complete, looking north along Milton Avenue. Image: Chesterton Partnership
A vision of how it could look once phases two and three are complete, looking north along Milton Avenue. Image: Chesterton Partnership

“With high quality homes, excellent transport links, jobs, community facilities and open spaces – it will have all the ingredients for a thriving and fully integrated community.

“We commissioned the digital platform so that we can share our vision ahead of the formal consultation. In what we believe is an innovative step, we are giving everyone early sight of the evolving plans for Cambridge North.”

Phase three will focus on the commercial quarter, with office/employment space, retail and other complimentary uses, a multi-storey car park and public open spaces.

Cambridge Square and a “tree-lined boulevard” - Milton Avenue - with cafes and shops, are promised at the heart of the development, between the residential and office areas, once phases two and three are complete.

Planning for phase four is at an early stage, but is expected to included homes, employment space, retail and other complementary uses, public spaces and amenities.

The phases for the Cambridge North development. Image: Chesterton Partnership
The phases for the Cambridge North development. Image: Chesterton Partnership

Promising that sustainability and health will be at the heart of the plans, and that low-carbon transport will be encouraged, the partnership behind Cambridge North describe it as a “gateway” for the wider North East Cambridge area , where 8,000 homes and 20,000 jobs are envisaged.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning is consulting on North East Cambridge until October 5.

The Chesterton Partnership is working on the plans to develop Cambridge North with astakeholders including Greater Anglia, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

The new website can be seen at https://cambridgenorth.commonplace.is/ and a new Twitter account can be found @CambNorth.

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