Waterbeach: Plans For New Town

14 May 2013, 16:19 | Updated: 15 May 2013, 15:34

Thousands of new homes are more likely to be built in the village of Waterbeach, after new development plans were published.

Local councils say the planned new homes would help support around 44,000 anticipated new jobs being created in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire by 2031.

A new town in Waterbeach is one proposal included on a 20 year plan for development drawn up by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Other proposals include lots more homes at Cambourne and a new village at Bourn Airfield.

However proposals for a community stadium near Trumpington, possibly for Cambridge United FC to use, were left out.

People can comment on these proposals in the summer, before final decisions are made.

Councillor Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: "Our highly successful local economy means we are in an enviable position of having thousands of new jobs being created over the next 20 years and we must have a dynamic and flexible plan to support growth.

Many people have told us they favour development being focussed around Cambridge or in a new town or new village and we have listened to our residents to put forward a plan to provide much needed and well-connected high quality homes.

South Cambridgeshire is consistently voted as one of the top places to live and work in the country due our high employment rates, good education and rural lifestyle which this plan will enhance and protect."
Councillor Tim Ward, Cambridge City Council's Executive Councillor for Planning and Climate Change, said: "The new local plan for Cambridge proposes a strategy that supports the continuation of Cambridge as a compact, attractive and accessible city where the quality of life and place underpins economic success and the opportunity for sustainable living.

The plan identifies how Cambridge can meet its needs for homes and jobs and continue to make its important contribution locally, nationally and internationally to research and knowledge-based sectors."