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Green light for new town's first 1,500 homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

Green light for new town's first 1,500 homes Green light for new town's first 1,500 homes

Councillors last week gave the green light to build 1,500 homes at the new town of Northstowe in Cambridgeshire - where 10,000 homes will ultimately be built.

The outline planning permission, which also includes a primary school and shops, means that developers could begin work in 2013.

A further report will now be presented to the Northstowe Joint Development Control Committee early next year with details of how construction of the town would put “quality first” while making sure it is still financially viable to go ahead.

In a letter to Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, the housing minister, Mark Prisk, confirmed he was “committed to work in partnership with local authorities and scheme promoters to accelerate delivery” as Northstowe was a “high priority” for the Government.

Mr Prisk said: “We are committed to working with you and other partners as a matter of urgency to develop a package of support that will help to accelerate delivery and remove barriers to the establishment of a high quality new town demonstrating exemplar standards.

“I can also confirm that the Government fully recognises the important role that both the proposed A14 upgrade and the creation of a new Cambridge Science Park Station will play in the development of Northstowe. We remain committed to the timely delivery of these schemes.”

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for Northstowe, said: “The decision today is a huge landmark for Northstowe as the town has been talked about for more than ten years. We are now at the stage of turning a vision into a reality and will begin to look at the fine detail to make sure the town is of the highest quality possible. There is an acute need for new homes in South Cambridgeshire – especially those that are affordable – to support the jobs being created, but we will continue to put residents and quality first to make sure the right facilities are there from day one."

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