Over 500 people come and have their say on Barracks plans

Urban&Civic held a 3 day consultation event on 29 and 30 September and 1 October, to set out and test the vision for the Barracks and Airfield site with residents from across the local villages. The vision and principles have been developed through a number of previous open days and community workshops, and the extensive surveys, research and discussions undertaken.

Over 500 people came along to the 3 day event, which provided opportunities for bus and bike tours of the site, as well as over 250 metres of display boards to show the developing plans and some visual impressions of how the development will look. A free bus service was put on from local villages to the site throughout the 3 day event. The Design and Development Team were on hand to answer questions and guide people through the material shown. The displays set out key elements of the future development including:

  • protecting and enhancing the rich landscape setting, including lakes and woodland;
  • celebrating the heritage connections from Roman Car Dyke, along the medieval causeway to Denny Abbey, through to the military legacy of the RAF and Royal Engineers;
  • the plans for up to 6,500 homes and the essential new schools, health centre and community facilities to support them;
  • Extensive investment in public transport infrastructure, and future plans for the A10;
    Recreation and sports facilities, including over 260 acres of green space;
  • Opportunities for skills and jobs within the development.

The majority of the feedback was positive, with lots of questions and concerns raised about ensuring that the investment in transport and community infrastructure comes in at the right time as the new community grows, and ensuring that homes coming forward are affordable to local people. There was also useful feedback on the level of integration people wanted to see with the existing village: with a majority view that people wanted to ensure the nature of the existing village was protected, and road links avoided to reduce rat-running, but at the same time to ensure that the historically strong links with the Barracks were maintained and new facilities easy to access. A more detailed breakdown of the feedback will be published in our next newsletter in December.

For those who missed the events, you can still see the displays online at www.waterbeachbarracksconsultation.co.uk, or if you want to go through them with one of the team, you can arrange an appointment to view them on site. Feedback is now being reviewed and drawn into the final Outline Planning Application, which will be submitted over the next few months.

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