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Have your say on revised proposals for new town north of Waterbeach

By Ben Comber

Two of the eight storey buildings would be by the lake. Sourced by Urban & Civic
Two of the eight storey buildings would be by the lake. Sourced by Urban & Civic

Developers Urban and Civic are working on the western half of proposals for the new community in Waterbeach.

Updated proposals for 6,500 new homes due to be built in Waterbeach on the old barracks site are being presented and residents and businesses are being encouraged to comment on the proposals.

As well as 6,500 homes there are plans for facilities on the former Ministry of Defence land including shops, offices, schools, community centres, healthcare, nurseries, library space, places of worship, a museum, hotel, open space, health and fitness areas and park and ride facilities.

Stephen Kelly, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, said: “I’d encourage residents and businesses in Waterbeach to have their say on these amended proposals. It’s quick and easy to register your views on our website. Everyone’s comments are welcome and will be taken into account.”

The revised documents include:

Revisions to some of the building heights on the edges of the development as part of the Parameter Plan

A revised Transport Assessment to reflect mitigation measures sought by the County Council and align with the Ely – Cambridge Transport study

Revised principles in the Design and Access Statement to help shape the character of the new town

Additional information to support the Environmental Statement

An updated Green Infrastructure Strategy, a document about community open space, biodiversity and landscaping

A new Sports and Recreation Strategy

An updated Utilities and Physical Infrastructure Statement, following work with utility service providers

Urban and Civic submitted their outline plans for the development to South Cambridgeshire District Council in early 2017. Some revisions have been made to these plans, which are now the subject of a round of public consultation lasting until Thursday 14 June.

Building heights range from six storeys in the centre of the development (24m), to four storeys around the side (17.5m) with two bordering two storey sites to the north and south of the developent (11m) and three areas of “exceptional height” that would be eight storeys (30m).

The planning application covers part of the land that is proposed to be allocated as the site for a new town in South Cambridgeshire’s emerging Local Plan.

The district council says a Supplementary Planning Document, which will give more detail on how the new town should be planned and delivered, is being put together by officers following consultation with the local community.

Visit www.scambs.gov.uk/services/planning-applications and use the reference number S/0559/17/OL to view the revised plans and have your say. Search for documents marked ‘AMENDED 16/05/2018’ to view the full range of revised plans.


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