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8 August 2012, 15:54
Plans for a massive new development of thousands of new homes and student rooms in Cambridge have been approved.
The proposals from Cambridge University include 3,000 new homes and 2,000 student bedspaces on land between Huntingdon Road, Madingley Road and the M11.
The land is currently used as farmland by the university.
There will also be 100,000 square metres of employment space, shops and teaching facilities.
The development has been given special permission to go ahead despite being on a green-belt where development is usually restricted.
50% of the new homes will be classed as 'affordable'.
There will also be community facilities built into the development, including a community centre, primary store, food store, health facilities, a hotel and senior care accommodation.
Open space, sports pitches, children's play spaces and allotments will also feature in the development, which will link into Cambridge University's new sports centre which is being built on the neighbouring West Cambridge site.
The plans have been approved by a joint development control committee of councillors from Cambridge City, Cambridgeshire County and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.
Councillor David Bard, South Cambridgeshire District Councillor and Chair of the Committee, said: "This development is key to the next stage in the development of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and will be an exemplar of sustainable living.
The plans are of a very high quality and will deliver a new community that everyone will be very proud of.
Councillor Sian Reid, spokesperson for the City Council commented: "It is exciting working with the University on an ambitious new development that will secure their future, a future that is crucial to the City and one where our visions and long term interests are very much aligned."
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates added: "This new development and investment in the University will be a major boost to jobs in the area and help attract even more business.
By properly managing the growth of development we can support the economy and show that Cambridge is truly open for business.
A booming Cambridge economy is good for our local communities and the nation as we have the ability to help the country out of recession."