Question 2. Please submit any sites for employment and housing you wish to suggest for allocation in the Local Plan. Provide as much information and supporting evidence as possible.
Previously Developed Land
Development for up to 10 residential units and open space
The development would contribute new housing to meet local needs in a highly sustainable location. Although outside of the development framework, the site is well related to the built up area of the village. There is a proposed new development (Clarion Housing Group) of 155 dwellings surrounding the site to the west and south, this will contain the site within the built up area of the village and means that the site will form a logical plot for new development. Development would also involve the sustainable reuse of previously developed land. The proposed development could include open space and landscaping, which would also provide ecological benefits. The proposed development would support the existing services and facilities in the locality including convenience stores, public houses and bus services.
The development could accommodate up to 10 residential dwellings, based on a density of circa 30 dwellings/hectare, which is suitable given context of the site and the edge of village location. This is comparable with the adjoining Clarion Group site.
Existing access to be used (off St Neots Road) The existing access onto St Neots Road can be modified to accommodate the proposed development.
The proposed development will need to provide new utilities infrastructure, but there are services to the neighbouring urban area and so new connections will be possible.
The site is promoted by a willing landowner, and is available for development.
It is anticipated that the site will be attractive to the market, because other sites in Hardwick and elsewhere in villages close to Cambridge have been subject to strong demand from developers and housebuilders. Some interest from developers has already been expressed. In addition, there is a limited supply of development sites in Hardwick and the site is well related to Cambridge.