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Major Cambridge housing scheme gets planning consent

19 July 2011

Countryside Properties has gained detailed planning consent for 306 sustainable new homes as part of the major new housing and mixed use community, Great Kneighton, in Trumpington, on the edge of Cambridge city centre. This consent is the first detailed consent on the former Clay Farm site and adjoins the former Glebe Farm which gained detailed planning consent in 2010.

Great Kneighton is located 3.7km south of Cambridge between the village of Trumpington and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and lies in the Cambridge Southern Fringe growth area.  The overall development will eventually provide up to 2,250 new homes, extensive strategic open space, accompanying provision of education facilities, sports and recreation, health and community facilities and local shopping facilities.  Forty per cent of the new homes will be affordable housing.

The design, by architects Proctor and Matthews, features two apartment marker buildings within a formal structured court at the entrance to the site, in a reference to the urban form of Cambridge colleges.  Beyond the court are a series of mews streets supported by three-storey terraced houses providing a more modest and domestic scale.  Each house has garden space to the front with a raised courtyard terrace at the rear.  A series of parallel green connecting corridors run perpendicular to the terraces, creating pleasant shared spaces between the houses.  These “landscape ribbons” also provide a linear route through the development, connecting the formal landscape of the court to the open countryside at the edge.

Towards the rear of the site there are loose clusters of smaller two and three-storey homes provide a range of two to five bedroom homes for both private and affordable tenures in a village environment.  Houses will sit within private walled gardens and generously-planted shared spaces.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes and Communities Division at Countryside Properties said:  “We are delighted now to be able to develop a wide range of innovative homes that sit comfortably with our adjoining Glebe Farm development.  With this second site receiving planning detailed consent we will be well on our way to building a new community at Great Kneighton and we expect to start work on site in the Autumn.”

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