THE owners of the former airfield at Alconbury have submitted their planning application for the site’s redevelopment.

Urban&Civic Ltd, which bought the site three years ago, has submitted plans for 5,000 new homes and 290,000sq m of office and industrial space - which will accommodate 8,000 jobs - to Huntingdonshire District Council.

The development, to be known as Alconbury Weald, also includes community facilities, schools, sports facilities, shops and open space.

The council is now inviting residents to comment on the proposals. Four public drop-in sessions will be held, where people can view the proposals and speak to council officers.

The sessions will be held on:

- Wednesday, September 19, at Great Stukeley Village Hall, Owl End, between 2pm and 9pm.

- Friday, September 21, at Alconbury Memorial Hall, School Lane, between 2pm and 9pm.

- Monday, September 24, at Abbots Ripton Village Hall, The Green, between 2pm and 8pm.

- Wednesday, September 26, at Little Stukeley Village Hall, Low Road, between 4pm and 7pm.

Councillor Jason Ablewhite, executive leader of HDC, said: "The future of this strategic site is of huge importance to Huntingdonshire and the wider region. "Urban&Civic have opened up a new chapter for the former airfield and this is clearly a pivotal moment and will, hopefully, put behind us the previous unsatisfactory ideas for the site's future and realise the great potential it offers."

Malcolm Sharp, managing director (communities, partnerships and projects), said: "The council is particularly keen that development of the Alconbury site is considered in the context of our emerging local plan. Proper consideration of the proposals through the statutory planning process is required and feedback from members of the public is an important part of this."

INFORMATION: Details of the proposals can be seen on the council's website at www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/alconburyweald or viewed at the council's offices at Pathfinder House, Huntingdon and Huntingdon library. All comments should be made by November 9, 2012 via the same site, by email to Paul Mumford at developmentcontrol@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or by post to Pathfinder House, St Mary's Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN.

- See this week's Hunts Post for a detailed report on the application.