Community benefits of Alconbury Weald set out

The new access into Alconbury Weald, off Ermine Street.

The new access into Alconbury Weald, off Ermine Street. - Credit: Archant

The community benefits from the development of Alconbury Weald will be set out in front of councillors for the first time on Monday.

Huntingdonshire District Council’s development management panel is holding a special meeting to discuss the outline planning application for Urban&Civic’s plan to build up to 5,000 homes and create about 8,000 jobs on the former RAF airfield.

Councillors will be presented with a 141-page report which includes a number of Section 106 agreements – more are still being negotiated.

U&C has agreed to provide up to 7,000sqm of retail space, with the largest floorspace being 1,500sqm, commercial, leisure and sports facilities, as well as a health and a dental centre and a place of worship and community uses.

Other proposals include three primary schools with pre-schools, nurseries, an eight-form secondary school, land reserved for post-16 education, open spaces and woods.

There will also be new road access points to Ermine Street and the A141 as well as other non-vehicular access points. Space has also been reserved for a railway station.

Bus travel will be subsidised early on by the developers, who will protect the four listed buildings on the site, which include an avionics building, two hardened aircraft shelters and a Second World War watchtower.

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Up to three energy centres are being proposed, as is a sewage ­treatment works.

Robin Butler, Urban&Civic managing director, said: “We are looking forward to Monday night when we hope the report will be endorsed, to enable us to continue our good progress and investment in the site.

“The recommendations round off a year in which we have completed two new entrances, our first building, and seen the first apprentice and jobs on site.”

Concerns have been raised about increased traffic, stating there should be vehicular access to the B1090, footpaths should be retained and added to, a third access on to Ermine Street would be detrimental to The Stukeleys, as well as a number of other issues.

Councillors are recommended to support the principle and general form of the development.