The idea off building an eco-town has been on the drawing board for some time but, has come a step closer to being realised now that English Partnerships have bought the land. The ex-military site of 288ha cost the organisation £100m and it’s proposed that 8,000 homes will be created.
English Partnerships are committed to building all their new constructions to Eco-homes Very Good standard, so energy and water efficiency will be high on the agenda. Its town centre will contain a mix of shops, restaurants, offices and civic uses, and the neighbourhoods will be well supported by local schools and community facilities.
A network of open spaces will run through the area, linking it to the surrounding countryside. Northstowe will be served by the proposed Cambridgeshire Guided Busway to provide public transport links to St Ives, Huntingdon and Cambridge and easy access to a wide range of sub-regional employment and leisure facilities.
Within the town, there will be a network of local roads and walking, cycling and public transport routes. Housing will be provided for all sectors of the community with a full range of tenure options. The town is expected to accommodate up to 8,000 homes, 6,000 of which should be constructed by 2016. Plans for more of these towns are at the early stages of policy making. English Partnerships has been buying up public land for housing schemes for some time.