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News » UK » Swift decision favours St Neots expansion » published 20 Mar 2018

Swift decision favours St Neots expansion

Huntingdonshire District Council has resolved to grant planning permission to a 2,800-home urban extension at St Neots.

The site to be developed Above: The site to be developed

The planning application was submitted jointly by developer Urban & Civic and trusts associated with Nuffield College, Oxford .

The proposed 162-hectare Wintringham  extension includes two new primary schools, health facilities and 63,000 m2 of new employment space as well as housing.

Urban & Civic acquired a 33% interest in the project for £13.3m in April 2017 and has taken on master developer role.  Terms have been agreed for the first parcel and the target is for first occupations by November 2019. 

Urban & Civic chief executive Nigel Hugill said: "Last night's decision demonstrates exactly what can be achieved when a master developer and a committed local authority work positively together.  The application, including almost 3,000 new homes, was determined within 20 weeks.  That must be a record.  In 30 years of large scale development, I have never known a new strategic application being determined so expeditiously.  First plot sales will be under the now established Urban & Civic licence model and are well advanced.  We are working towards initial occupations within two years of application submission.  The historic average on major residential projects is almost seven years."

 

 

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This article was published on 20 Mar 2018 (last updated on 20 Mar 2018).

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