Countryside, the award-winning developer bringing forward a vision for a new community at Bourn Airfield, has announced it has submitted a planning application to develop the 210 hectare site, between Cambourne and Caldecote, just 9km to the west of Cambridge. A former World War II Airfield, the site is currently farmed alongside a mix of commercial uses and a recreational flying club and could deliver up to 3,500 new homes.
On the 3rd September, South Cambridgeshire District Council announced that Independent Inspectors had found The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan to be sound and provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the area. The Local Plan, which has evolved over a number of years following engagement with the public and local stakeholders, allocates the site at Bourn Airfield for development.
In March this year, public exhibitions in Cambourne and on the Airfield site attracted over 300 residents and provided an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed plans. The scheme puts existing landscapes and features at the heart of the plan – one of the key open spaces will be the Runway Park; a formally designed, linear park which will reflect the shape of one of the existing runways to preserve the memory of the historic role this land played in World War II.
Andrew Taylor, Director and Head of Planning at Countryside, said, “Countryside is delighted to have submitted a planning application to create a new sustainable community at Bourn Airfield. Through collaboration with South Cambridgeshire District Council and the public we are passionate to make Bourn Airfield, a place that will benefit new and existing residents.
“There is a massive need for more housing in Cambridgeshire, and by building at scale, we can also provide the infrastructure such as schools and transport that are needed to support new communities and which benefit the whole area.
“Our track record of place-making demonstrates we can make Bourn Airfield a village which meets the changing needs of people throughout their lives.”
The development of a new settlement at Bourn Airfield provides the potential for:
• A new village of 3,500 new homes, providing a mix of housing types and size;
• A village centre to include shops, services and leisure opportunities;
• Community services to include new health facilities, two primary schools and a secondary school;
• Open space, sports and leisure facilities;
• Strategic landscaping to deliver a high-quality landscaped setting around the boundary of the settlement and the retention of existing woods, hedges and water features; and,
• Excellence in sustainable development and healthier living.
Information about the plans and an opportunity to comment online will also be available on a dedicated project website – www.bournairfield.co.uk.