Northstowe new town reaches ‘significant milestone’ as town centre site launches to market

CGI of Northstowe Park

Developers are being sought to deliver the next stage of the Northstowe new town development in Cambridgeshire – including the first phase of its town centre.

Those behind the plans have said it represents a significant milestone for the project, which is being built at the former RAF Oakington barracks near Cambridge.

The first 1,500 homes allocated as part of Phase 1 of Northstowe are now two thirds complete, while 700 homes are also being built by housebuilders Urban Splash and Keepmoat as part of Phase 2, which has overall consent for 3,500 dwellings. Phase 3 – which will bring the overall number of homes at Northstowe to 10,000 – is subject to an outline planning application currently being considered by South Cambs District Council.

Phase 2 of Northstowe is being led by Homes England, the government's national housing agency, which is now looking for developers to deliver its plans for the first part of the town centre, which will ultimately include 1,200 homes and up to 50,000 sq m of retail, leisure, work and civic space alongside high quality public spaces.

The first site within the town centre – known as Central One – is now being marketed through Savills in Cambridge.

The opportunity provides for approximately 450 apartments and town houses, a convenience store, a market hall with independent retail and leisure uses, a civic hub, two public car parks, town gardens and a section of High Street. It also includes an adjoining residential site with permission for up to 130 houses and a neighbourhood play area.

Abigail Jones, associate director within the development team at Savills Cambridge, said: “The town centre sits at the heart of Northstowe and represents a real opportunity to create a vibrant and distinctive identity that will be the focus of life for all its residents.

“It is an important next step in the settlement’s overall development, with Homes England seeking to introduce new services and placemaking elements that will benefit Northstowe’s already rapidly expanding community alongside further high quality housing.”

Mike Goulding,  Northstowe project director at Homes England, said: “Northstowe is one of Homes England’s flagship projects where we aim to demonstrate our commitment to creating well designed, sustainable and, importantly, affordable new communities at scale.

“Bringing forward the first stage of the town centre is a significant milestone representing Northstowe’s evolution into a fully functioning town with all of the services and amenities people expect.” 

Image: CGI of Northstowe Park

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