Housing plan for former Sainsbury’s site in heart of Huntingdon

Artist's impression of plan to build 309 houses in Huntingdon

Artist's impression of plan to build 309 houses in Huntingdon - Credit: Archant

A planning application for more than 300 homes on derelict land in the centre of Huntingdon has been submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council.

London-based developer Lochailort has lodged plans to build 309 homes between St John’s Street and Edison Bell Way, land formerly earmarked for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket before the retailer pulled out in 2015.

Within the proposal, the developers state that the site will include a mixture of properties, from one-bedroom flats up to four-bedroom family homes.

“It is quite an exciting site, it is brownfield and derelict in the heart of Huntingdon close to the railway station and the town centre – it links the two and will be a gateway site to Huntingdon,” Hugo Haig, managing director, told The Hunts Post when the plans were revealed.

The company, which is currently building 600 homes at RAF Brampton, has proposed four distinct areas to create an “interesting and attractive environment”.

As well as hundreds of homes, the developer has also set aside space for private courtyards and green space for the public.

“It is an opportunity to put people back into the town centre,” Mr Haig added.

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Potential parking problems within the development have also been addressed as the developer has allowed for 352 spaces for the 309 planned properties, with 43 of the houses having two spaces.

The submitted plans also highlight the potential use for land neighbouring Aldi, in Edison Bell Way, to include additional retail units. It is likely that one of the units will be a drive-through coffee shop.

Mr Haig, however, said that it is possible that the other could be a stand-alone fast food restaurant.

The firm has already begun decontaminating the site after applying for planning permission, in December last year, to turn the space into a car park for three years, plans that will now be scrapped in favour of the housing scheme.

“We have started to decontaminate the site which is quite a lengthy process,” Mr Haig said.

“But because of the progress we have made with our consultations it will go straight to the housing scheme rather than the car park.”

To view the application, go to www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk.