Housing developer will unveil plans for houses at Wintringham Park at exhibition

Developer will exhibit housing plans

Developer will exhibit housing plans - Credit: Archant

A two-day exhibition will take place in St Neots to give local people the chance to view plans for the eastern expansion of the town.

Urban&Civic will be hosting the event at Loves Farm House and The Priory Centre and will share the latest plans for a new housing development called Wintringham Park.

The site is established as a location for development in Huntingdonshire’s Adopted Core Strategy (2009) and is part of the St Neots Eastern Expansion Urban Design Framework (2010).

In 2013, it was subject to a failed planning application by a former consortium, which later appealed, but the appeal was withdrawn in May 2017 and the consortium disbanded.

Since that time, Urban&Civic has bought into the land owning partnership alongside long-term owners and the Nuffield Trust has been appointed development manager. The new design team has worked through the various issues identified during the planning process to date and evolved fresh proposals in discussion with key partners and stakeholders. At the exhibition, they will share their vision with local residents and test the approach in advance of submission of the application later this year.

The developers believe Wintringham Park represents an important opportunity to grow St Neots and the development will form a key part of the eastern gateway to the growing town. It will deliver:

• Up to 2,800 homes.

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• 63,500 sqm of commercial space, including R&D and creative space, as well as office and industrial units.

• two primary schools, with the potential for a temporary primary school to address immediate issues locally.

• Community and retail facilities focused on a local and district centre, including health care.

• Access improvements including capacity improvements, new access and landscape setting along Cambridge Road, and access points on to the A428 and Potton Road.

• Associated infrastructure and services.

The vision for the development draws extensively on the historic brooks that cross the site and puts green space and water at the heart of the design.

Tim Leathes, development director said: “The development of Wintringham is an exciting opportunity to deliver new homes to the growing town of St Neots in a way that connects the historic town centre with the countryside beyond. The town is one of the best connected in the region, with strong rail and road links, and the potential for significant investment in green corridors for safe cycle and walking routes to help people get about safely and connect with nature.

“Drawing on the strong partnerships we have developed over the last 17 years working in Cambridgeshire – including the jobs and skills delivery through the EDGE partnership – we intend to develop this site in a way that maximises the benefits for local people and creates a lasting legacy for the area.”

The exhibitions will be held on October 21 at Loves Farm House, October 23 at The Priory Centre.

For further information visit www.wintringham.org.