A major new university housing project in Cambridge has been given the go-ahead after councillors approved plans for the development on Wednesday (August 8th), bringing a significant boost to the city.

Proposals include building 3,000 new homes, student accommodation as well as employment space in the north-west part of the city. The area's prestigious university is now planning to construct new student accommodation to house around 2,000 new people coming into the institute in years to come. The site is situated between Huntingdon Road, Madingley Road and the M11 and is currently being used by the university as farmland, but officials now want to convert this to allow the institute to expand beyond its current confines.

As well as the student accommodation, delegates have stated that there will be 10,000 sq m of employment space with 50 per cent housing being affordable for workers at the university. It was originally moved from its Green Belt status to meet the institute's student, housing and employment needs.

There are a number of candidates that the university has already highlighted as potential architects of the development, which include Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London) and Mole Architects (Cambridge) and David Chipperfield Architects (London) among others.

The university's proposals were approved by the Joint Development Control Committee after hours of deliberating and it commended the plans for the high quality design and benefit they will bring to the community. Aside from the university's interests in the project there will also be a wide range of amenities that will benefit the new neighbourhood that the development will create.

These will include a new local centre complete with primary school, community hall, retail and food outlets as well as a hotel and senior accommodation facility.

Councillor David Bard, South Cambridgeshire district councillor and chair of the committee, said: "This development is key to the next stage in the development of Cambridge and will be an exemplar of sustainable living. The plans are of a very high quality and will deliver a new community that everyone will be very proud of."

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