We are proposing a sustainable expansion of Peterborough at Great Haddon. Our current proposal includes:
- Up to 5,350 new homes, with a range of house styles, sizes and tenures. A proportion of homes will be affordable, either as socially rented, shared ownership or homes for specific sectors of the population.
- A range of strategic and smaller scale employment in the north of the area, providing local and strategic employment opportunities and reserving sites to support the emerging cluster of environmental industries in Peterborough.
- A district centre with new shops, cafes and restaurants, offices, workshops, health and community facilities.
- Three main residential neighbourhoods served by local facilities and primary schools.
- A new secondary school.
- Extensive sports facilities and sports pitches.
- An extensive open space network providing nature conservation and recreation opportunities.
The Great Haddon development site lies within Peterborough district. The area was identified as one option for strategic development in a series of sub-regional studies undertaken in 2004.
Great Haddon is allocated as a sustainable urban extension in the most recent local planning document prepared by Peterborough City Council, the Peterborough Local Development Framework Core Strategy adopted in February 2011, and in Site Allocations Development Plan Document adopted in April 2012.
Great Haddon covers a large area and can comfortably accommodate the number of homes we are proposing as well as significant land for new employment development, parkland and woodland. Allocating this number of homes in one location also makes it possible to properly support new facilities including a new secondary school.
Great Haddon will provide a variety of homes to meet a wide range of people’s aspirations and needs. It will include executive homes, family homes, apartments, retirement homes and homes for those with disabilities as well as starter homes for young families.
A proportion of the new homes will be affordable housing. The details of the number and type of affordable homes will be agreed with the relevant authorities as part of the negotiation on the Core Area outline planning application.
In total, we estimate that over 9,000 new jobs will be created at Great Haddon.
There will be a mix of jobs at Great Haddon. The Great Haddon Employment Area was granted outline planning consent for strategic employment in May 2011, building on the consent for distribution warehousing at Alwalton Hill, and making good use of the site’s location alongside the A1(M) and A605/A1139 junction. Development of this part of the Great Haddon area is now underway, and will provide an element of office and manufacturing jobs as well as in warehousing and distribution.
Within the central area of Great Haddon, the district centre will include offices and small workshops, focusing on those wishing to start up their own businesses or move from working at home to small business premises.
In addition, the three local centres will have schools employing teachers, health centres employing health workers as well as employment opportunities in shops, pubs and restaurants.
The new district centre at Great Haddon will be designed to provide facilities which complement those at Yaxley, Hampton and Stilton, not compete with them. People from the surrounding area will be encouraged to walk and cycle to new facilities at Great Haddon, and new residents of Great Haddon will be encouraged to extend their activities into the surrounding area to help support existing local facilities.
Great Haddon will include three new primary schools and a new secondary school, as well as pre-school facilities.
Great Haddon will retain important species and habitats and enhance existing habitats - for example, woodlands and watercourses - to encourage local biodiversity. Landscape buffers will be provided to adjacent areas of interest – the Orton Pit Special Area of Conservation and the Norman Cross Scheduled Ancient Monument – with new habitats for wildlife created and linked within areas of natural greenspace.
Great Haddon will provide many opportunities for public access and recreation including new sports pitches, children’s play areas, amenity open space and new woodlands with public access. The open spaces will be designed and managed for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
The original proposals for Great Haddon included provision of a park and ride facility on the A15 on land to the south of the urban extension. The element of the scheme is no longer being persued, due to objections from the local stakeholders and Huntingdonshire District Council.
New and expanded bus services will still be provided within and through the development area, with services focusing on the district centre, in order that the new community is properly served with public transport.
An outline transport strategy for Great Haddon has been produced and will be developed further as part of the development process. The strategy focuses on three principles: reducing the need to travel; maximising non-car travel; and making best use of existing and committed transportation infrastructure in the area.
There will be an increase in traffic on the local road network over the next 20 years with or without Great Haddon. The application proposals therefore focused on helping to reduce the effects of this extra traffic locally as part of the Great Haddon development: for example, by discouraging through traffic along the A15 through Yaxley; slowing traffic speeds from the A1 junction to Yaxley; and providing a choice of routes through Great Haddon which will avoid congestion at any single point.
The junctions and roads in the area will also be improved, including a direct link from the development north to Fletton Parkway. A comprehensive public transport service will also be provided at Great Haddon, providing fast direct links to Peterborough, Hampton, and other local employment/retail areas.
The Transport Assessments undertaken in 2009 and 2011, and teh update reports prepared since that time set out the transport strategy, the likely impact and mitigation. The Highways Agency is satisfied with these provisions and lifted its 'holding objection' to the Core Area scheme in November 2012.
Assessments of the potential for producing energy on-site has concluded that Great Haddon provides a valuable opportunity to incorporate sustainable energy as an integral part of development. The scale of development proposed means that a combined heat and power facility could be included within the district centre to serve the mixed use centre plus an element of the residential development, and requirements for high standards of energy efficiency and build quality are expected to be included in any grant of outline consent.
The vast majority of the Great Haddon site is categorised by the Environment Agency as falling within ‘Flood Zone 1 - little or no risk of flooding’. Nevertheless, a detailed Flood Risk Assessment and Surface Water Drainage Management Strategy has been produced and submitted in support of the planning application for the development. This accords with planning policy (PPS25) which sets out criteria and provides guidance for all development in respect of flood risk and necessary mitigation.
Outline planning permission for the Employment Area was granted in May 2011 and development is now underway on this part of the urban extension. It is hoped that outline consent for the Core Area will be granted during 2013. If we are successful and obtain outline planning approval, we will need to submit detailed plans for the first phases of development before work can start on site. It is likely that infrastructure work could start on site at the end of 2013, and that the first house could be built during 2014. From then on, it is estimated that between 350 and 450 homes per year could be built, which – together with building new employment premises and local facilities – would mean that Great Haddon would be completed around 2026.