1. ITV Report

Plans submitted for 6,500 homes on old airfield and barracks

A graphic of how it might look. Credit: Urban and Civic.

A plan has been submitted to build 6,500 new homes on an old airfield five miles north of Cambridge.

The Ministry of Defence alongside property company, Urban and Civic have submitted the proposals to redevelop the old RAF site including barracks and air strip at Waterbeach.

It'll have two access routes onto the A10. Credit: Urban and Civic.

Among other things they are also hoping to build schools, a library and a museum.

The site is an old RAF barracks and airfield. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Outside London, Waterbeach is the best brownfield site in the country.

Three miles from theCambridge Science Park with some of the most dynamic employment in the world, Waterbeach can help meet a demonstrable shortage of accessible accommodation in the north of the city, both from an expanding workforce and local residents who have lived here for generations.

– Nigel Hugill, Urban & Civic Chief Executive,

The outline planning application at Waterbeach is for:

  • Up to 6,500 homes, including up to 600 units of care home use
  • Three primary schools and a secondary school
  • Up to 9,000m2 of community facilities, including: community centres, health care, nurseries, library use, places of worship and a museum
  • Sports and fitness centres
  • Up to 16,500m2 of retail
  • Up to 15,000 m2 of offices and light industrial units
  • A hotel
  • Two new access points onto the A10, and the application also provides for a new park and ride facility