Developing new communities

Cambridgeshire is one of the fastest growing counties in the UK and has seen much demand for housing in recent years.

A number of new communities are being delivered, or are in the process of being planned. The Council is tasked with ensuring its services, including education, waste, transport and community infrastructure, are well planned, suitably funded, and delivered in a timely and sustainable way, thereby meeting the needs of Cambridgeshire's new communities, and contributing to the County's economic prosperity.

The Council recognises the value of early engagement with developers and other stakeholders. This can enable a clear understanding between relevant parties of what facilities and infrastructure will be necessary to support development, the funding sources and the implications for development viability. The Council encourages pre-application discussions on these matters at the earliest opportunity.

This can help identify key considerations earlier, paving the way to a quicker and smoother planning application process.

There are charges associated with such advice. The Growth and Development Team provides advice around planning, ecology and biodiversity and transport and highways including travel planning.

Pre App charging 2019 20 v1
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To request pre application advice, please complete the Request for pre-application advice form.

The County Council has also prepared guidelines to assist developers with the preparation of Transport Assessments and Transport Statements that accompany planning applications. This is available in our transport assessment guidelines document.

Transport Assessment Requirements
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Supporting New Communities Strategy

The Supporting New Communities Strategy document sets out how the County Council supports people moving into new communities across the county. The focus of this strategy is how we will work to ensure new communities have a network of people-centred support.
The County Council cannot provide this support on its own but has a role to play, alongside partners and the community, in helping to build communities as well as help those who are more vulnerable to ensure that everyone is safe, healthy, independent and able to fulfil their full potential. Although the council has a variety of roles in planning and preparing for new communities, the scope of this strategy is exclusively on people centred support and is strongly linked to the wider framework of planning functions within the council but it is vital to recognise that these functions are not within the scope of this document.

Major sites


  • Action Plan for up to 10,000 homes adopted
  • phase 1 - 1,500 homes granted outline planning permission
  • new primary and secondary schools
  • community facilities
  • retail
  • open space
  • library provision

Cambridge North West

  • up to 3,000 residential houses
  • academic and research facilities
  • local centre and public amenities
  • site infrastructure and open green space

Darwin Green 1 & 2

  • Darwin Green 1 - 1593 homes granted outline permission 2010 (subject to signing of s.106 agreement)
  • Darwin Green 2 - development of approximately 1100 homes

Bell School

  • 347 new homes
  • 100 bed student accommodation
  • public open space and allotments

Trumpington Meadows

  • a primary school with community facilities
  • local shops
  • children's play areas, a multi-use games area and tennis courts
  • allotments
  • access roads, footpaths and cycleways
  • a 60 hectare country park, extending beyond the M11 as far as Hauxton

Clay Farm

  • up to 2,300 homes including 40% affordable housing
  • new secondary and primary schools
  • community, sport and recreation facilities
  • local shops
  • public open space, including allotments
  • roads, footpaths, cycleways and crossings of Hobson's Brook

Glebe Farm

  • 286 new homes
  • informal open space
  • allotment provision and associated landscaping


  • 330 homes
  • 1250 student spaces
  • improved transport interchange

Ely North

  • up to 3,000 dwellings
  • local centres including retail and community uses
  • new primary schools


  • around 1,200 to 1,300 new homes
  • open spaces and playing fields
  • a commercial hub
  • a new primary school
  • community facilities and supermarket
  • improvements to the existing Jubilee cycle path
  • retention of the park and ride facility next door


  • a high quality low carbon Enterprise Campus
  • create around 8000 jobs
  • provide 5000 homes of mixed size, price and tenure
  • 700 acres of green open space
  • a range of transport, energy and community facilities to support both the new residents and the surrounding town and villages

Wintringham Park

  • up to 2,800 homes
  • up to 63,500 sqm of B Class employment floorspace (B1/B2/B8)
  • district centre, including, retail and community development including a community centre and health centre
  • local centre, including, retail and service uses
  • two primary schools
  • open space, play areas, recreation facilities and landscaping
  • access improvements
  • on site roads, pedestrian and cycle routes
  • associated on site facilities and service infrastructure including strategic surface water attenuation and other sustainable drainage measures (SUDS), utilities and related infrastructure