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The final sign-off on plans for 323 new homes at Darwin Green in Cambridge is being sought again from the city council.

The apartment plans for Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789701)
The apartment plans for Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789701)

The reserved matters application provides more details on the development of the site between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road, following the rejection of the initial plans last December.

Concerns had been raised over the residential amenity for future occupants, the supporting infrastructure, the impact on neighbouring properties and the clustering of affordable dwellings.

The apartment plans for Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789699)
The apartment plans for Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789699)

The applicants, Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners, said the revised application aims to address the concerns for the site, which lies in the south-eastern corner of the Darwin Green One development.

A mixture of one to five-bedroom houses and flats are planned, including 129 affordable homes - 36 of which (40 per cent) would be available under shared ownership.

The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789703)
The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789703)

There would be 510 car parking spaces, with a mixture of ‘on-plot’ and street parking. Ten spaces will be designed for people with accessibility issues and there would be 32 on-street visitor car parking spaces.

Some 867 cycle parking spaces would be created for residents, with 60 cycle spaces for general use in the streets.

The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789707)
The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789707)

The application said: “Typically houses will be provided with a wooden bike shed that is designed to fit two to four bicycles. The cycle stores have been located to the rear gardens. All gardens have direct access to the street or via garages.

“All apartments have been provided with secure communal cycle parking.”

The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789709)
The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789709)

Allotments are also included in the plans, which are described as being “designed with community in mind and provide a range of communal facilities in order to engender a sense of shared ownership”.

The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789714)
The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789714)

The application (reference 21/04431/REM) is awaiting a decision by the council.

The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789716)
The homes planned at Darwin Green. Picture: Barratt David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire and The North West Cambridge Consortium of Landowners (52789716)

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