6,500 homes development gets resolution to grant planning

A resolution to grant planning permission has paved the way for 6,500 homes to be built at the former Waterbeach army barracks in Cambridgeshire. 

Waterbeach, Urban & Civic

Developer Urban & Civic said South Cambridgeshire district council gave the planning nod for the homes and associated jobs, transport, educational, health and community uses.

The firm said formal planning consent for the land, which will remain majority-owned by the Ministry of Defence, was still subject to completing a section 106 agreement, which was “well progressed”.

Along with the Secretary of State for Defence Urban & Civic submitted a planning application in February 2017 to develop the 716-acre brownfield site, which is three miles from the Cambridge Science and Business Parks.

Last November the firm told Housing Today’s sister title Building that housebuilders were “queuing round the block” to build out plots at the scheme being developed for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, “such is the shortage of good quality, well priced, new housing versus demand in North Cambridge”.

Urban & Civic said the existing programme anticipated the first occupation of homes being built on the site to take place during 2022.