Planners approve £30m Marshall development
Marshall of Cambridge has received the green light from local planners to build a new community on 160 acres the company owns north of Newmarket Road, Cambridge.
No start date has been settled but the company said it hopes to crack on as soon as possible with the £30 million Wing development, which will include 1,300 much needed homes, a school and other facilities.
The masterplan involves moving some of Marshall’s long-standing businesses to new locations within the development site footprint.
Richard Howe, managing director of Marshall Group Properties said: “We are delighted with this permission, which comes as a result of more than three years of collaboration between Marshall and our local authorities to create a development which is appropriate for the area and which will help alleviate the pressure on housing in and around Cambridge.”
The proposal for Wing followed discussion between Marshall and the local authorities after the business decided to commit to maintaining its airport-based businesses in Cambridge for the foreseeable future.
The outline planning application for Wing was submitted in December 2013, following a year of consultation with the community and other key stakeholders.
The masterplan envisages up to 1,300 new homes; public open space, including sports pitches, tennis courts and allotments; a new primary school, nursery and community facilities; a foodstore, replacement petrol filling station and other local shops; four hectares of car dealerships and improvements to Newmarket Road.
Wing will be on land owned by Marshall to the north of Newmarket Road just outside the City boundary. The site includes the company’s existing North Works engineering, manufacturing and motor retail operations, all of which will be relocated to make way for Wing.
The franchised car dealerships and associated activities will remain on site but in a new location. The other operations will be housed in new facilities which will have to be built on the main airport site, or elsewhere in the vicinity. Wing will also include some open land up to and behind the Park & Ride site on Newmarket Road.
Howe added: “Wing is a complex development which includes significant brown-field redevelopment and the relocation of several business units to secure hundreds of valuable jobs.
“We are delighted that we have also managed to include a primary school, some retail and commercial space, sports facilities, along with some important improvements to roads and transport connections in the area, together with nearly 400 affordable homes.
“There is still a lot of work to be done to deliver everything in these plans and we look forward to working with the local authorities and other partners to commence the construction of Wing at the earliest opportunity.”