Approval granted for 421 homes including ‘play street’ and The Titch open space at Marleigh in Cambridge
Final approval of 421 new homes at Marleigh in Cambridge has been granted.
The properties off Newmarket Road represent part of the second phase of the development.
They include 333 flats and 88 houses, with 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable housing, via shared ownership or affordable rent.
The apartments will be set out in five blocks of three to four storeys high, with a maximum height of 15 metres and form part of a higher density area described in the design code as The City. Ground-floor parking will be provided, along with a ‘podium garden’ above and, within one of the blocks, a green space known as Valiant Gardens.
The homes, with three or four bedrooms, form the medium density area known as The Town., arranged in traditional streets, but with “priority given to pedestrian and cycle movement over the car”. The properties will be set back from Newmarket Road.
A car-free ‘play street’ will be included within the town, with soft landscaping, seating and street furniture to encourage it to be used by children and adults alike.
Also within The Town will be a formal open space known at ‘The Titch’, which was also approved.
One cycle parking space per bedroom will be provided across the development.
Outline planning permission was granted in 2016 for the overall scheme of up to 1,300 homes on the 65-hectare site, as well as a new public square, school, a community centre and shops.
Previous approval has been given for ‘phase one’ of the development, including for more than 500 homes and the 420-place primary school, with 52-place nursery.
Residents moved into the first homes on the development last year.
Approval for the most recent reserved matters application was given at a meeting of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, Joint Development Control Committee on October 27.
In the planning documents, submitted as part of the application from Hill Marshall LLP, it described the Marleigh development as an “exemplar new community”.
It said: “Marleigh’s location on the edge of Cambridge offers its residents the best of both worlds, the convenience of city living with countryside on the doorstep.
“Phase two will combine crafted architecture with the Cambridgeshire landscape.
“It will weave hidden nature with urban streets and offer spaces to grow a community and live healthily. It will be a place where the city meets the country.”
The net density for phase two will be 75 dwellings per hectare.
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