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Final approval granted for 239 homes at Marleigh in Cambridge


By Ben Hatton, Local Democracy Reporter


Final approval has been given for the first phase of a 1,300-home development in east Cambridge - and the first homes are expected to be available in mid to late-2020.

Detailed plans were agreed today (August 21) for the first phase – 239 homes, a nursery, retail and office space, and a centre-piece market square.

Phase one of the Marleigh development (15575109)
Phase one of the Marleigh development (15575109)

Outline planning permission has already been granted for a 1,300 home development on the site.

The reserved matters application decided today grants final permission for the first phase, but the rest of the development will have to secure permission prior to construction.

The developer for the Marleigh urban village, all to be built on land north of Newmarket Road, to the south of Fen Ditton and adjacent to the Park & Ride to the east, is Hill Marshall LLP, a joint venture between Hill and the Marshall Group.

Speaking after the meeting, Henry James, development surveyor for Hill, said “realistically homes may be available from the middle to late part of next year”.

The market square in phase one of the Marleigh development (15575111)
The market square in phase one of the Marleigh development (15575111)

The developer’s agent, Will Cobley, told the committee the approved first phase “will provide the heart of the new settlement, including new public space, flexible community space – a cafe, nursery – and convenient retail. This will sit alongside a new primary school to ensure an attractive and vibrant local centre.”

He said the homes would provide “genuinely mixed communities”.

“Ultimately the scheme seeks to provide a desirable place for future generations to live and work,” he said, “which will be reinforced by Marshall’s continued stewardship of the scheme.”

Phase one of the Marleigh development (15575106)
Phase one of the Marleigh development (15575106)

The Cambridge fringes joint development control committee, made up of councillors from the city council, South Cambridgeshire District council, and the county council, approved the plans unanimously today (August 21).

Of the 239 homes, 77 will be designated affordable – 25 for affordable rent, and 52 for shared ownership. The development, previously known as Wing, provides 399 parking spaces.

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