Alconbury airfield homes plan backed

Aerial view of Alconbury site The development to be known as Alconbury Weald could have up to 5,000 new homes

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Plans for up to 5,000 homes at Alconbury airfield in Cambridgeshire are being recommended to be approved by councillors.

Developer Urban&Civic, which bought the site in 2009, has submitted its plans to Huntingdonshire District Council.

Proposals for the 1,400-acre (570 hectares) site include parks, schools and business facilities .

A report to the council's development panel recommend approval. A committee will look at the plans on Monday.

The report says the employment and housing benefits outweigh the loss of agricultural land in the development.

The reports add that a number of local parish councils expressed concerns about the plans, with Alconbury Weston Parish Council recommending refusal of the plans.

The site was established as a military airfield in 1938 and was used by both the RAF and the USAAF. Flying ceased at the airfield in 1995.

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