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Green light for 4,500 homes near Cambridge

February 2021

Waterbeach New Town East is set to get a further 4,500 new homes after South Cambridgeshire district council granted outline planning.  The new development is five miles north of Cambridge and comprises a mixture of one-bed flats and family homes of up to five beds with 30% being affordable.  Waterbeach New Town was allocated for a development of about 8,000 to 9,000 homes in the 2018 local plan.

Planning consultants Boyer submitted the application on behalf of RLW Estates: a consortium comprising Royal London, St John's College, Cambridge and Turnstone Estates.

Turnstone Estates’ Managing Director, Chris Goldsmith, said: "We are committed to delivering a new community that will place cyclists and pedestrians at its heart, creating an environmentally conscious and future-proofed development."

The site is on land between the former Waterbeach airfield and barracks to the west and the ‘Fen Line' railway line which links Cambridge to Ely to the east.  The scheme will offer 24,800 sqm of employment space, plus additional retail and community space with 35 hectares of open space, including a 20-acre country park.

RLW Estates gained permission to relocate the station at Waterbeach village to the new town back in 2018 to offer good communication links.

"Its delivery is crucial for ensuring sustainable transport options from day one and we now look forward to working with our partners to bring the plans forward," says Goldsmith. 

The station will have two platforms long enough for eight-carriage trains with the potential for 12 carriage trains in the future.  The development will offer more than £100 million towards local infrastructure, such as improving the busy A10, with one secondary, two primary schools and a six-form college planned.

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