Latest Northstowe plans submitted as NHS Healthy New Town frontrunner enters final phase

May 21, 2020

Outline planning applications for the two final phases of the Northstowe New Town in Cambridgeshire have been submitted by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, on behalf of Homes England, the Government’s housing accelerator.

The 10,000-homes exemplar new town is a flagship development for Homes England. It has become one of the largest of 10 frontrunners in a major initiative by NHS England: Healthy New Towns, which is rethinking how health and care services can be delivered to create genuinely healthier places long-term.

The town is being delivered in three phases. Phase 1 is being developed by L&Q and five volume housebuilders. Phases 2 and 3 are being promoted by Homes England with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. When complete, around 25,000 people will live there.

Phase 3, which is the final component of the development, comprises two separate planning applications. Phase 3A will include 4,000 new homes, a mixed-use centre, two primary schools, and a range of open spaces for play and recreation, across the 210 hectares (519 acres).

Phase 3B will provide an additional 1,000 homes, a primary school, and a mixed-use commercial zone, as well as a communal area, across 47 hectares (116 acres).

Mike Goulding, Project Director at Homes England, said: “These planning applications, along with the completion of  £55million of infrastructure to unlock the site shows that despite the restrictions in place because of COVID-19 we are determined to ensure that people can live in the homes they want.

“These planning applications are an important part of a 20-year supply of new homes planned at Northstowe alongside the necessary community facilities including a new town centre, schools and health facilities.”

 Matt Shillito, Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said: “Northstowe is allocated as a strategic development in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and will be the largest settlement in the district once it is completed. The third phase has been brought forward to complement Phases 1 and 2 and create a well-designed and integrated addition to the emerging new town that sits comfortably within the context of the surrounding fen landscape and neighbouring settlements of Longstanton and Oakington.

“We have handled post permission planning work for Phase 2, and over the course of this project we have developed strong, established relationships with both the local authority and surrounding community. A thoughtful approach to urban design and sustainability has been intrinsic to the proposals from the beginning and is embodied in every facet of the scheme.”

As part of Phase 2, Tibbalds is supporting Homes England by progressing the development from outline planning permission through to delivery, providing planning support and design development to ensure Design Code principles and key milestones, such as the opening of the secondary school, were met.

Katja Stille, Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said: “This commitment is embodied in all elements of the outline applications, in particular the masterplan, infrastructure, the delivery of open space, landscape, and green infrastructure to maximise opportunities for positive and healthy lifestyle choices. Throughout the design process for Phase 3, there has been a strong commitment to ensure that healthy new town principles are applied to all aspects of the Northstowe development. This healthy living brief was an opportunity to rethink every element of our masterplanning and design processes to ensure that health and wellbeing are fundamental to the new community, not simply an add on.

“Too many of our developments are brought forward in isolated locations that do not allow communities to make positive lifestyle choices. Northstowe is an exception. Here, we aspire to have a number of ‘healthy living’ attributes including housing for an ageing population, treating more people locally in the community, and tackling obesity through providing mixed, inclusive and walkable neighbourhoods with good cycling and walking connections and excellent access to facilities and open space. Bringing forward these two final phases is a chance to embed this thinking throughout the whole site.”

For more information visit https://www.northstowe.com/phase3