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Plan for 1500 homes development in Cambridge

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Marshall of Cambridge is to apply for planning permission for a commercial and residential scheme on 125 acres of land it owns in the city which could involve 1500 new homes. It could also include a school, a commercial hub, a new petrol station, playing fields and open space.

The company says the development over a number of years will enable it to modernise and improve its existing manufacturing facilities. The scheme is on land north of Newmarket Road and High Ditch Road which is not part of the airport.

Group chief executive, Robert Marshall said the company was: “… very aware of the shortage of good quality housing to support the needs of Cambridge’s growing economy, and our employees.  This long term project represents the start of an exciting period of investment in the growth of our businesses.” The company will be hosting a three day design workshop in early January on the scheme.

Between 1999 and 2011 Marshall made various studies into relocating its aviation businesses away from Cambridge Airport and developing the site for housing. The company says these clearly showed it was neither practicable, nor desirable to move and it decided to remain in Cambridge.

Today, the airport is being developed with support for existing and new businesses in the region particularly those with global links. Part of Marshall's investment in the airfield includes in 2013 a major runway refurbishment valued at £20 million.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 10:12 )