How 150 new homes at Newbury Farm on edge of Cambridge could look
These newly-released images show what a development of 150 new homes on the edge of Cambridge could look like.
The work-in-progress pictures were presented to Cambridge city councillors during a briefing on plans for Newbury Farm, off Babraham Road.
Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), a joint venture development company between the city council and Hill, received outline planning permission in 2021 to build up to 230 homes on the site.
This Land, a development company created by Cambridgeshire County Council, has been given permission to build 80 of these homes and CIP is preparing proposals for the final 150 homes, as well as a community centre and shops.
At the pre-application developer briefing on January 31, CIP representatives confirmed that 60 of the homes will be made available as affordable housing, with 90 put up for private sale.
The homes will range from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses, with the blocks of flats and larger houses planned for the centre of the development, alongside the shops and community centre.
A “green buffer” is proposed along some of the edges of the development, with the housing in this area due to be given a “rural character”.
The target will be to limit water use to 99 litres per person a day.
Cllr Katie Porrer (Lib Dem, Market) felt the illustrative images suggested the development was “more car dominant” than others the authority had seen in the area.
She asked why all of the affordable housing was planned in the blocks of flats, noting that it was “unusual” to see affordable housing “clustered together”.
Paul Belton, planning consultant for the developer, said the type of affordable housing had been chosen to meet the needs of the city, and would also include three houses. He stressed that some of the illustrative images were now six weeks old and the proposals had been further developed.
He said the team was giving thought to the amount of car parking to get the level right.
The developers hope to submit a planning application in March.