The planning application will enable the secondary school, run by the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust – Alconbury Weald Academy – and the Special Needs School Prestley Wood Academy, which will be part of the Spring Common Academy Trust, to come forward. These are currently scheduled for opening in September 2022.
The application will also extend the existing road, cycle and pedestrian network and connect it to the proposed link road coming forward from the A141 to the south of Alconbury Weald. The applications for this link are currently progressing through the planning system.
The plans include a significant amount of remediation around the runway and taxiways along the central area of the site, which will start the transformation and the first phases of the future Runway Park. When fully developed Runway Park will be a central feature at the heart of the development’s central Hub and will be over 24 football pitches long. This first section will bring forward Approach Park, which will provide a 9,000sq m area of green space as the setting for shops and amenities, and provide safe walking, cycling and scooting routes to the secondary school. Alongside the Park, a Campus Square in front of the school will provide a meeting space and high quality setting for the significant Education Campus.
Tim Leathes, Development Director for Urban&Civic, said:
“This application is very much about enabling the next stages of planning, so it is quite technical in nature, but it will enable us to bring forward an exciting next phase of the development, in keeping with the quality of place and facilities delivered so far.
“Crucially it marks the start of connecting up the first phase of development with the southern connection to Huntingdon, and enabling the civic heart of the development to come forward. This includes the Secondary and Special Needs School and the central parkland area, which will emerge from the current concrete runway.
“Alconbury Weald currently has over 200 families moved in and over 100 children at the Primary School. With four housebuilders releasing homes every week, and another joining in the next few weeks, the community is proving a popular location for young families, professional couples and downsizers.
“Alconbury Weald is a busy place at the moment, with the community growing every week. We have a range of new facilities coming forward within phase 1 in the next couple of years including the Cricket Pavilion and Community Centre; the refurbished Listed Watch Office and heritage and community space; and significant landscaping around the Glade, alongside the County Council’s new headquarters. This application continues our commitment to ensuring transport, community and green infrastructure goes hand in hand with homes coming forward, to make this a great place to live, work or visit.”
The broad design approach of this next phase will be in keeping with delivery to date, with an updated Design Code included in the planning application. Delivery of the area will include laying over 4 miles of utilities and water infrastructure.