Early engagement with WNIC helps to gain planning consent for re-developing the former Cambridgeshire RAF Barracks

Early engagement with WNIC helps to gain planning consent for re-developing the former Cambridgeshire RAF Barracks

The former RAF Waterbeach Barracks in Cambridgeshire, has been granted consent to develop 6500 new homes adjacent to the Cambridge Science and Business Parks:-  home to some of the most dynamic employment generation in the world. The granted application includes 1950 affordable homes, significant tree and landscape retention plus the creation of new green infrastructure corridors which will improve the area whilst connecting all aspects of the development together.

Our early involvement assessing the tree constraints from the outset back in 2015, contributed to this project’s success that spans a 716 acre site, enabling mitigation measures to reduce the impact on trees and ensuring their successful integration into the final design. In addition to the 6500 houses, associated facilities, commercial use properties, primary and secondary schools along with green open spaces (that encourage improved mental wellbeing) have been proposed. The result of which should increase employment in the immediate area. 

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WNIC’s involvement in the project has meant working in collaboration with Urban & Civic and the wider project team:- David Lock Associates, BMD, Peter Brett Associates and Aecom, John Thompson and Partners & Mole Architects.

WNIC provided a comprehensive tree survey and tree constraints, feasibility & opportunities plan along with the preparation of arboricultural planning statements that supported the outline planning applications. Most recently, we have also been working closely with Council Officers and the Forestry Commission in order to alter the composition and use of the woodlands.

It is reported that preparatory works will start straight away and initial major infrastructure work to commence before the end of the year. It is thought that housing will be completed and occupied by 2022.