Crest Nicholson, with architects and masterplanners JTP, has received detailed planning approval for 192 homes at Alconbury Weald in Cambridgeshire.
The Reserved Matters application forms part of a wider strategic masterplan prepared by JTP for this phase at the former Cold War airfield. The site is undergoing a dramatic transformation into a new neighbourhood over the next 20 years under the stewardship of Urban&Civic. They are Master Developer at the site, which will eventually accommodate 5,000 homes, an employment Enterprise Campus, schools, sustainable transport links, energy infrastructure and community facilities - all integrated within 700 acres of green space.
Crest Nicholson’s parcel will provide 192 new homes in an area of almost 5 hectares, comprising a variety of types, sizes and tenures to support the growth of a sustainable and thriving community. The parcel benefits from a prominent location in the first phase, within walking distance to a mixed used hub and facing over a new cricket pitch. The pitch was officially opened by former prime minister Sir John Major earlier this month, as part of Urban&Civic’s inaugural ‘Big Summer Bash’.
JTP has designed a series of contemporary three-storey townhouses that will elegantly curve around the cricket pitch offering fantastic views across it and to the listed watchtower which is currently undergoing conversion.
The green space of the cricket pitch is drawn into the parcel through landscaped links, and opens out again into a focal village green at the centre of the parcel where neighbours can gather and children can play.
To the east of the parcel is the Linear Park which follows the alignment of one of the earliest runways – reinvented as public open space it will include orchards, games areas and contemplation spaces. These spaces and links provide safe cycle and walking routes throughout the scheme and the wider setting of Alconbury Weald.
To the west, the well-established tree lined Boulevard serves as one of the major entrance routes into the new development. Crest Nicholson’s proposals feature apartment blocks and townhouses directly addressing this avenue.
This phase of placemaking will have a distinct identity defined by its formal setting alongside the Boulevard, the Linear Park and facing the new Cricket Pitch – it’s been a privilege to develop designs that can respond to these striking features. We are confident too that this new neighborhood will integrate seamlessly into the exciting wider environment being created at Alconbury Weald.
JTP Partner Graeme Phillips said