Urban & Civic

Urban&Civic submits plans for 2,800-home development

Property developer Urban&Civic has submitted a hybrid planning application to deliver 2,800 homes and significant business space at Wintringham in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

The submission included an outline application for the whole development – as well as the detailed infrastructure for the first phase – as part of the commitment to deliver early infrastructure and facilities in this phase of the development.

The site was established as a location for development in Huntingdonshire’s Adopted Core Strategy (2009), as well as being a part of the St Neots Eastern Expansion Urban Design Framework (2010).

The land was subject to a planning application in 2013 by a former consortium, but planning was refused and subsequently appealed.

The appeal was later withdrawn in May 2017 and the consortium dissolved.

Since then, Urban&Civic has bought into the landowning partnership alongside long-term owners the Nuffield Trust and been appointed development manager.

The plans were unveiled at public events in October with over 550 people attending.

The development will form a key part of the eastern gateway to the growing town.

It will deliver:

  • up to 2,800 homes
  • 63,500 sq m of commercial space, including R&D and creative space, as well as office and industrial units
  • two primary schools, with the potential for a temporary primary school to address immediate issues locally
  • community and retail facilities focused on a local and district centre, including healthcare
  • access improvements including capacity improvements, new access and landscape setting along Cambridge Road, and access points on to the A428 and Potton Road
  • associated infrastructure and services.

“Drawing on the strong partnerships we have developed over the last seven years working in Cambridgeshire – including the jobs and skills delivery through the EDGE partnership – we intend to develop this site in a way that maximises the benefits for local people and creates a lasting legacy for the area,” said Tim Leathes, development director at Urban&Civic.

“With the application in, we look forward to continued discussions and engagement as the planning process moves forward, and we will continue to work with local authorities, businesses and communities to deliver an exciting sustainable development for the local area.”

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