Master-planning new towns around 'Science Cities'

CGI of proposed Waterbeach new town development sites looking south towards Cambridge

What represents a best practice approach to creating new towns around 'science cities'? Future Cities Forum recently spoke to both Managing Director of developer Turnstone Estates, Chris Goldsmith, and to the Managing Partner of David Lock Associates, Julia Foster about the Waterbeach projects that will have a major impact on housing provision in Cambridgeshire.

Chris described how his firm’s partnership – the Waterbeach Development Company - with St. John’s College Cambridge and Royal London Asset Management aims to create a new town at Waterbeach, adjacent and complementary to the Urban & Civic project with the Infrastructure Defence Organisation to transform Waterbeach barracks and airfield. The Turnstone / RLW Estates project covers the local landowners Trust ownership part of the Waterbeach plan. The site has an allocation adopted in the South Cambridgeshire DC’s Local Plan in 2018, and RLW Estates has submitted an outline planning application for 4,500 homes, following the granting of planning permission for a new railway station.