Second phase of Northstowe and modular neighbourhood’s plans launched in Cambridgeshire

The second phase of Northstowe and the plans of the modular neighbourhoods have been approved to create new infrastructure in the village. 

The neighbourhood is brought forward by ‘House by Urban Splash’, Homes England and Japan’s house builder, Sekisui House.

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee has today 12th February 2020 approved plans for Inholm, a contemporary Fenland village and the second phase of Cambridgeshire’s new town, Northstowe.
  • Once complete, Northstowe will comprise 10,000 new homes.

Inholm comprises a total of 406 modular homes sitting within the context of Northstowe’s masterplan. The new neighbourhood quarter will be defined by a perimeter of landscapes; country park, sustainable drainage swales, ecological zones and an education campus.

Proctor & Matthews Architects is the lead architect and master planner of the site. The village will encompass a range of housing typologies, later living homes and mixed-use buildings. The modular homes will include designs by architects shedkm, which can be configured by the buyer to their own design before being built in a factory and delivered to site.

The majority of homes will be manufactured in the House factory in Alfreton, East Midlands.

Mark Latham, Regeneration Director at House says: “We want to break new ground and surprise people using the latest building methods combined with bespoke designs. We are offering a range of customisable homes and apartments to suit a wide range of modern families, lifestyles and budgets. ”

Stephen Kinsella, Chief Land and Development Officer at Homes England, said: “This is a really ambitious proposal for 406 homes using modern methods of construction.”

Stephen Proctor, founder of Proctor & Matthews Architects said: “As master planner and lead architect we are delighted to have secured planning permission for phase 2A of the Northstowe community. Our design for this contemporary mixed-use residential quarter is inspired by the form of traditional edge-of-fenland settlements and recent archaeological discoveries within the locality.”

“Innovative clusters of homes employing offsite modular construction will help to deliver a visually distinctive narrative creating a new ‘Inholm’ village for the 21st Century.”

Ian Killick, Director at shedkm commented: “The ‘Inholm’ urban village will feature the most up to date versions of our house and apartment designs, incorporating new technologies and Cambridgeshire inspired materials and details.”

The customisable homes will be launching officially late Spring/ early Summer 2020.

Bidwells have been appointed as a local agent acting on behalf of House by Urban Splash and will be handling all initial sales enquiries.

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