On behalf of Hill Marshall LLP, a joint venture between Hill Residential and Marshall, JTP is excited to share the news that our work for the next phase for the new community at Marleigh in Cambridge has received unanimous planning approval. Phase 2 will deliver a further 421 homes in a new sustainable neighbourhood on the eastern edge of Cambridge, set in a variety of new public spaces.
Occupying a key location fronting Newmarket Road, this next phase will establish the gateway to the wider Marleigh community and deliver the new dwellings in an assortment of spacious apartment buildings and individual homes in a range of tenures. Homes and apartments have been designed to feature active frontages and views overlooking open landscaped spaces, helping to improve the indoor-outdoor connection and encourage people to have a better relationship with nature. The new homes will also feature a range of energy saving and carbon reduction features including fabric first designs, air source heat pumps and photovoltaics.
The masterplan has been guided by a strong landscape-led narrative and designed as a place where the city meets the country, offering higher density homes with easy access to the Cambridge countryside. As such, Phase 2 seeks to embrace this interplay between urban and landscape living with exceptional green spaces situated at the heart of the neighbourhood. These spaces encourage healthy lifestyles with a particular emphasis on creating a range of accessible outdoor areas and streets, which prioritise pedestrians and cyclists over the car.
This will include The Titch a new garden square which will sit at the heart of the community for easy access by residents. It will provide amenity space, play areas with natural play equipment appropriate to their setting and the integration of SuDS features in landscape corridors to enhance the site’s biodiversity gain.
Phase 2 has been underpinned by the vision and important placemaking principles set out in the Design Code which was created for the wider masterplan. As a result, the material palette has been carefully chosen to comply with the Design Code and features a range of high-quality brickwork in a range of colours and textures. These materials establish an interesting street scene and integrate with the emerging character that has been developed in Phase 1.
Extensive cycle parking provisions have been incorporated for all residents, including the apartment buildings which will each have a dedicated secure bike store close to the entrance.
This approval is incredible news for the next phase at Marleigh which will be a landmark neighbourhood that will transform east Cambridge. We look forward to seeing this inspiring and sustainable community developed over the forthcoming years.
Ian Fenn, Partner at JTP