The site will support the continued growth of an extraordinary local economy. It will help bring about transformative investment in infrastructure, deliver new homes close to established clusters of technology innovation and employment and support the Science Park, Business Park, innovation centres and Cambridge Research Park. We will bring forward space and procurement opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the £1-2bn in direct and indirect investment which will benefit the local area over the roll-out of the development.
Urban&Civic has an established track record of delivering economic benefits at a strategic and local scale. At Alconbury Weald, we are running the largest Enterprise Zone in England and have delivered new employment space such as the award-winning Incubator. Our approach is based on establishing close partnerships with, for example, the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, local authorities and local businesses. We are actively working with partners to see how the right homes and transport, community infrastructure and investment can create a northern fringe of Cambridge as dynamic as the Southern Fringe.
The Northern Fringe must reflect the intrinsic strengths, values and spirit north of the City, and connect people with places and jobs to provide long term managed growth which benefits all.
The proposals include up to 15,000 sqm of employment uses comprising offices, research and development and light industrial uses as part of the development. The application also includes other commercial uses including a hotel, retail uses and leisure/commercial activities. The scale of supporting uses is appropriate to support local enterprise, home working, meet local needs, reduce the need to travel and inject vibrancy into the community.
A range of proposals across the Application also support the economic growth of the development and wider area, including:
Alongside this economic support, the application has also been designed to ensure capacity and infrastructure is planned for wider development of the strategic site, including: