Planning Committee of South Cambridgeshire District Council has granted Urban&Civic planning permission for 6,500 new homes and associated employment, transport, educational, health and community uses over the former Waterbeach Barracks site on the outskirts of Cambridge. Formal planning consent remains subject to completing the associated Section 106 agreement, which is well progressed.
The resolution to grant was made pursuant to an application submitted jointly by the Secretary of State for Defence and Urban&Civic in February 2017. The 716-acre site is entirely brownfield and sits three miles from the Cambridge Science and Business Parks, home to some of the most dynamic employment generations in the world. The land will remain in majority ownership of the Ministry of Defence, administered by Defence Infrastructure Organisation but subject to participation in favour of Urban&Civic.
Further preparatory works will commence immediately with initial major infrastructure scheduled for not later than the end of 2019. The current programme anticipates the first occupation of new homes on the site during 2022.