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372 New Homes Coming to Cambridgeshire

CALA Homes recently received planning permission for 111 and 261 new homes at Waterbeach and Alconbury Weald respectively.

Waterbeach is a new 6,500-home community brought forward by Urban&Civic. It is a former barracks and airfield which will transform into a new town. The 111 new homes delivered by CALA will include apartments and houses which have been designed to comply with the approved Regulatory Plan and Framework Design Code that formed part of the outline planning permission at Waterbeach. Stretching across 716 acres, the site will also welcome three new primary schools, a secondary school, community facilities, a health centre, 59 hectares of formal open spaces and sports pitches, as well as a network of footpaths and cycleways.

Alconbury Weald is another former barracks and airfield which is just a 30-minute drive from Waterbeach. CALA Homes will deliver a mix of properties – from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses. Urban&Civic’s is driving forward the masterplan for the area, which will see it welcome 6,500 new homes, new primary and secondary schools, employment space, a new railway station, community facilities and 608 acres of woodland and green space.

A range of environmentally-friendly measures will be introduced to the homes at both developments following the launch of CALA’s sustainability strategy earlier this year – including electric charge points for each home and air source heat pumps and underfloor heating for energy efficiency at Waterbeach. Other measures, which will protect local nature and wildlife, include the installation of bat and bird boxes, hedgehog highways, sheltered movement corridors (for wildlife) and greenway habitats.

Jim Brunt, land director at CALA Homes (North Home Counties) said: “We’re delighted to receive consent to deliver quality homes as part of the regeneration of Waterbeach and Alconbury Weald. Receiving approval to progress the two sites so quickly is a testament to the strength of the relationship between CALA and Urban&Civic – who have worked collaboratively to move Waterbeach and Alconbury Weald forward. We’re expecting to be onsite at Alconbury Weald in January, and Waterbeach in March 2022.”