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Northstowe project 'is historic'

The creation of the UK's first new town since Milton Keynes could be on the cards following the endorsement of a Development Framework Document (DFD) by South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridgeshire County councils.

Announced by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the agreement now paves the way for the project to deliver 10,000 new homes in Cambridgeshire, as well as new schools, employment opportunities and a whole town's infrastructure.

It sets out a masterplan for the delivery of the new conurbation, with Northstowe set to be situated on the former RAF Oakington barracks site and surrounding land.

Alan Joyner, executive director for project joint promoter Gallagher Estates, said: "The endorsement of the DFD will cement the strategic role of Northstowe in the region.

"The scheme provides a significant contribution to the requirement for new homes in the district and the announcement today gives us the impetus to move forward with further work on the details of the phase one scheme."

Terry Fuller, HCA executive director for east and south-east England, added that the endorsement of the DFD will provide a context for determining future planning applications and will ensure the Northstowe project is delivered to its full potential over the years to come.

Agreement on the DFD is the first time the two local authorities have officially signalled their joint support for the creation of Northstowe, with a final decision on the first phase of planning applications set to be provided by autumn this year.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently revealed the first phase of development at Cranbrook in East Devon is set for completion in the coming weeks, with 1,120 new dwellings to be offered for those hoping to purchase property in the area.

The £15.6 million project aims to have the first homes ready for habitation by September this year, while more new affordable properties are to be created as part of phases two and three of the development over the next few years. 

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