A decision on whether 80 new homes can be built at Newbury Farm, Cambridge is due at a planning committee meeting this week following recommendation for approval from planning officers.

Councillors at Cambridge City Council are due to meet tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13) to discuss the proposals, planned for Newbury Farm off Babraham Road which will form part of the planned Eddeva Park development.

Outline planning permission was granted in 2021 to build up to 230 new homes on the wider site, with a 40 per cent affordable allocation.

The current proposals, if approved, will form the second phase of the development following the previous approval of the main spine road.

The proposals have been submitted by This Land, the housing development company set up by Cambridgeshire County Council, who state the scheme puts “people at the heart of the design” and the development will become a “new local centre for Queen Ediths”.

The application has been recommended for approval by planning officers. In a report released ahead of the meeting, it states the scheme will “provide good urban design and well-integrated landscaping”.

This is following comments from Great Shelford Parish Council who stated “that they do not like the design of the proposed properties as they do not fit with the traditional Cambridge scene such as using Cambridge or Burwell white bricks”.

Further on in the report, it said the scheme “supports the aims of sustainable development with a range of measures” which includes a 20-metre-wide green buffer between the development and the edge of the site towards the neighbouring fields, and reduced density and height of the buildings to the East of the site.

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