The masterplan for the Cambridge University project includes 3,000 homes, mainly for key workers and postgraduate students as part of a new neighbourhood being built on the outskirts of the city. The first phase sees house-builder Hill develop the first 240 new homes for private sale.
Designed by architectural practices Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks Architects, the scheme will feature modern architecture within streets and public spaces that draw on the cultural context of the City of Cambridge.
Planning consent was granted by the local authorities through the Joint Development Control Committee – Cambridge Fringes, which comprises of members from Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Hill chief executive Andy Hill said: “We are really pleased that the North West Cambridge site is moving forward - this new phase offers great family homes and pioneering design, which is exactly what Cambridge needs as it continues to grow in the years ahead. Providing more new homes will help to ensure that local families and those who work in our growing science sector are able to live close to the centre of Cambridge.
“The new homes at the site will be highly sustainable and offer great living spaces, thanks to the excellent design team working on the project. We are now starting to see the foundations of a new community take shape at North West Cambridge and we are keen to get started on this latest stage of the development.”
Brian Nearney, commercial director of the North West Cambridge Development, added: “We are delighted that the local authorities have approved the first phase of homes for sale on the site. We hope that the contemporary, highly sustainable and architecturally designed properties will make this an attractive part of the development and raise standards of market housing across Cambridge.”