PBA was appointed to provide infrastructure and technical services to support the delivery of a new 1,200 unit residential development over 45 hectares, on part greenfield part brownfield site adjoining Cambridge Airport. The current proposal also includes a primary school, a secondary school, local centre and community hub, open space and a new spine road.
The site, allocated for development in the Cambridge East Area Action Plan and Draft Local Plan falls within both Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council planning areas and includes land under the ownership of two organisations.
Transport, land quality, flood risk and drainage all posed major challenges to the development. Extensive modelling was required in relation to flood risk and surface water management, including the diversion of a major water course, creation of flood compensation areas, and an earthworks strategy that didn’t compromise development capacity of the site or the flexibility of the parameter plans.
We were also required to produce transport evidence that considered the impact of providing a ‘through route’ within the site. This was used by the authorities to determine the appropriate strategy within the site and reflected through their SPD. This was an extensive and collaborative exercise which helped ensure consistency with our clients’ objectives and that of the planning and highway authorities.
We have worked collaboratively with the client, project team, local landowners and local authorities to progress the EIA and masterplan in parallel with the SPD, resulting in a robust planning application that meets all local authority requirements. The plan also successfully safeguards for the future expansion of the development next to the airfield while providing improved highways infrastructure and connectivity throughout the development.
The planning application for the development was successfully submitted in March 2018, marking a major milestone for the project after nearly two years of work.