In 2007, an outline planning application was submitted by Gallagher and English Partnerships, (now HE). This was never determined with the scheme suffering from major infrastructure issues and the recession.
Gallagher and HE then appointed Terence O’Rourke to advise on the design and planning strategy for delivering the Northstowe new town in Cambridgeshire. Our services included masterplanning, landscape architecture, EIA, architecture, heritage, public engagement and branding / graphics.
We assisted the joint promoters, to define a new, phased approach to delivering the 10,000 new homes, associated community facilities and infrastructure. We revisited the vision for Northstowe and orchestrated a new engagement strategy.
The issues that have to be considered as part of masterplanning the new town were both extremely complex and numerous. They included the settlement form and relationship to Cambridge and the neighbouring villages, connections and active travel, significant flooding issues, phasing of facilities, biodiversity, important local heritage , public realm, local vernacular, employment and the approach to delivery and management.
We re-masterplanned the whole town, preparing a Development Framework and Town-Wide Design Code to complement the Northstowe Area Action Plan– with greater emphasis on sustainability, placemaking, blue and green infrastructure, community facilities and the energy management.
We subsequently designed the first phase of 1,500 homes (and associated infrastructure) and, after more than 10 years of the scheme failing to secure political support, achieved a successful planning outcome.
The new settlement is now being delivered apace, in accordance with the framework master.
We continue to be involved with the delivery and were commission by Taylor Wimpey to design one of the housing parcels – now under construction.