Cambridgeshire

Thousands of new homes for south Cambridgeshire proposed

More than 23,000 new homes are being proposed in draft plans released by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC).

The proposals, which go to public consultation in July, include building on a number of greenbelt sites.

Waterbeach barracks, Bourn airfield and 20 smaller village sites are being considered for development.

Permission has already been given for 14,200 homes and an additional 9,300 are now being proposed.

'Striking the balance'

The council's Local Plan sets out the district's housing and employment needs between now and 2031.

A spokesman said the area's "thriving local economy" had created on average 1,600 new jobs per year over the last 20 years, including about 1,000 per year during the recent downturn.

As a result, additional homes were needed to support future growth.

"Most of the jobs driving this growth are in, or close to, the city. If we can, we'd like to put a lot of the development around Cambridge," he added.

However, concern has been expressed that current infrastructure including roads and public transport facilities, is not adequate to support the proposed new homes.

SCDC councillor Tim Wotherspoon, cabinet member for new communities, said the consultation was about "striking the balance between getting houses as close to Cambridge as possible, while keeping transport flowing and not overwhelming schools and medical services".

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