After two years of community engagement and discussion, extensive research into the local area and detailed site investigations, Urban&Civic is holding three days of consultation and activity to share its vision for a sustainable new community on the former barracks and airfield site at Waterbeach.
The proposals for the site which is part of a wider strategic area for new homes allocated in the emerging South Cambridgeshire Local Plan, include up to 6,500 new homes, new primary and secondary schools, health care, sports and community facilities. The plans include some business space which will be developed to compliment the growth of Cambridge’s business parks and the adjacent Cambridge Research Park.
The plans include a range of investment in transport infrastructure, with the developers working with local partners on the strategic A10 Transport Corridor Study, as well as committing to investment in the local rail and bus networks, with Park & Ride facilities and prioritised Bus routes, as well as early investment in a safe, lit, super cycleway to connect to Cambridge.
Urban&Civic are the Development Managers appointed by the Ministry of Defence to take forward the development of the site, which was declared surplus to requirement in 2013. The site is still owned by MOD, with the main returns from the development going back to the Treasury to be reinvested in MOD accommodation across the UK.
The proposals have been developed following local open days and community workshops with local residents and discussions with key stakeholders. From this work, the team have worked hard to develop an approach which reflects local aspirations and needs, and addresses key issues and concerns. This will be the first time that the developing vision and plans have been opened up to a wider audience. The feedback from these events will help finalise the plans which will ultimately be submitted in the Outline Planning Application for the site.
The consultation events will give people a chance to meet the team, discuss the work to date and find out more about the current site and future plans. As well as finding out more information at the exhibition, you will be able to take a bus tour of the site or explore it by bicycle – bikes, helmets, maps and apps will be provided.
Tim Leathes, Development Director for Urban&Civic, said:
“Our proposals for the site have been greatly influenced by the site’s location and heritage, the feedback we have received at past consultation events, and the incredible legacy of the Royal Engineers of man-made lakes and plantation woodland. We are working hard to ensure this brownfield publicly owned land plays a key role in providing much-needed homes and facilities, investment in local infrastructure alongside very special outdoor space. We hope people enjoy our consultation events and help us to create a special place for current and future generations.”
To find out more and have your say on the latest proposals, head along to Waterbeach Barracks Sports Hall from 3-8pm on Thursday 29 September, 3-8pm on Friday 30 September and 10am-4pm on Saturday 1 October 2016. Further information at www.waterbeachbarracksconsultation.co.ukwhich will also carry details of the displays after the events finish. Additional background on the site is available at www.waterbeachbarracks.co.uk.