Milton Road
Impington Consultation

About the project

Flagship Homes is a housing association who provide homes for sale and private rent to suit every need and meet the rising need for homes across the South East.

Flagship is pleased to present proposals for an attractive Community Park for new and existing residents, plus up to 50 new homes, half of which will be affordable.

Thank you to all those who have left feedback. The survey has now closed; we will update those who have left their contact details when we come to submit a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council.

We hosted a public exhibition on Tuesday 9 November at the Histon and Impington Recreation Centre. We also hosted a webinar on Monday 8 November. A recording is available to view below:

Flagship

Flagship provide homes for affordable and market rent and for sale across the east of England. They maintain their own housing stock and support the communities of which they are part. Profits are reinvested towards the delivery of more affordable housing. Flagship have approximately 28,000 homes, 335 of which are within South Cambridgeshire with more currently being built in Papworth and Cambourne.

Our Vision

A 4.8ha Community Park (69% of the site) which seeks to address the significant underprovision of recreational and leisure facilities in Histon and Impington identified by the Council. The Park has been designed to ensure it is available to all ages and abilities, and will be provided at nil capital cost to the Council

Up to 50 new homes, ranging from 1-bed flats to 5-bed houses, so that Impington continues to be an inclusive place to live where everyone can enjoy a home appropriate to their situation

25 affordable homes (50%) to help meet the housing need of the local area

A revised application which respects and enhances the countryside setting and provides suitable mitigation in all technical aspects of the development

Ecological enhancements with a significant uplift in biodiversity across the site

Enhanced cycle and pedestrian routes including a widened and improved footpath along part of Milton Road and ensuring road safety along Milton Road into the village

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The Site

The site lies to the east of the main hub of Impington, just to the south of Milton Road. The site is 7.8ha and currently comprises an agricultural field. The villages of Histon and Impington extend to the south west of the site. The villages have a number of facilities and services including schools, doctor’s surgeries, sports centre, shops, pubs, restaurants and a post office.

The site is situated adjacent to the residential properties that front onto St Andrews Way that are located to the south-west of the site. The remaining parts of the site are generally surrounded by agricultural fields with some pockets of development nearby including Manor Farm to the north-west, Pumpkin Farm and Evolution Business Park to the south-east, and ‘Origin8’ to the north.

The site from the north-west
The site from the north-east
The site from the south-west

Previous application

A previous outline planning application for up to 50 homes and a Community Park was submitted in April 2019 by Flagship. However, the application was withdrawn in August 2019 due to some technical questions that were raised on flooding and drainage, highways, and landscape.

Since then, the Applicant has worked with Histon and Impington Parish Council, County Highways, and the Lead Local Flood Authority, and has held a pre-application meeting with planning officers to prepare a scheme which seeks to overcome the previous comments that were raised and ensure that a suite of public benefits can be delivered.

Constraints and opportunities

Community Park

There is a significant underprovision of recreational and leisure facilities in Histon and Impington. A 13.89ha deficit of the main categories of open space – specifically formal open space and formal and informal play areas – was identified by the Parish Council in 2018. The Community Park seeks to address this underprovision and has been designed to ensure it is available to all ages and abilities and provides a range of facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles.

These include a BMX/pump track, outdoor table tennis, informal play, a Local Equipped Area for Play (LEAP), outdoor gym/trim trail features, meandering routes for walking and cycling, an orchard, open grassy spaces for community events and recreation, a wildlife pond with dipping platforms, wildflower meadows with cut grass paths, together with informal woodland parking area and toilet facilities.

The Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan seeks to provide a series of connected cycle and walking routes around the village; the proposed scheme works perfectly with these aims. The Park will help integrate these features into the Green Belt, along with new planting in the form of native trees, hedges, and planting to achieve green infrastructure and biodiversity objectives, whilst at the same time creating an attractive, informal destination at the edge of the village.

Finally, the Park has been designed in such a way that there will be very modest operational and management costs for the Parish once handover is complete.

Woodland walking routes
A pump track
Table tennis
Outdoor gym equipment
Wildflower meadows
Children's play equipment

Landscaping

The landscaping strategy will mitigate any negative impact of the development on the Green Belt in its countryside setting. As well as the benefits that will come with the 4.8ha Community Park, this will be achieved by:

Reintroduction of previously lost hedgerows to reintroduce the historic pattern of the landscape

Retention of existing trees and most hedgerows along the boundaries of the development

Creation of a native species woodland belt, as well as multiple small copses throughout the site and orchard planting in an informal meadow to soften the impact of the development and preserve the character of the area

Provision of nature areas, resulting in substantial biodiversity net-gain when compared to that of the existing site

A wide range of wetland features created by water management and Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDS) infrastructure

Strong and well-vegetated street frontage with buildings set back from the road

Use of appropriate and carefully-selected materials for elevations, boundary treatments, and surfaces

Enhancement of the approach road to the existing village of Impington with biodiverse hedges, trees, and verges with a ditch feature

Orchard planting in an informal meadow provided as a local resource, which will reintroduce a former feature of Impington as shown on historical maps

Orchard planting
Biodiverse hedgerows and trees
A wildlife friendly pond

Sustainability

The homes proposed for this site are those from our newly designed modern method of construction (MMC) house type suite.

Flagship have worked hard to offer our occupants with well designed, beautiful homes inside and out, for modern living needs and requirements. Also at the top of our agenda is sustainability: we aim all our new build homes to achieve an ‘A’ EPC rating which will result in our affordable homes having less of an impact on the environment and being more affordable to run. All proposed dwellings will be heated with air source heat pump (ASHP) which is a renewable alternative from fossil fuels.

It is important for the entire site, as well as the individual homes, to be sustainable. That’s why we’ve designed a layout that includes green open spaces for our occupants to enjoy and to promote biodiversity within the development. We are also ensuring the availability of electric car charging points to futureproof the development and cycle storage to promote sustainable living.

Cycle storage provision to encourage sustainable transport
Charging points for electric vehicles
Air source heat pumps in all new homes

Connectivity

A package of highway improvements has been discussed with the Parish Council with the objective of providing safe and convenient access to the proposed development, including the Community Park.

Vehicle access
Two t-junctions will provide access to the residential development and Community Park. The 30mph speed limit zone will be relocated to the northern-most corner of the residential development.

Pedestrian and cycle improvements
Around the boundary of the development, the shared-use footway/cycle track will be widened to three metres and connect to the existing footway at the junction with St Andrews Way. This will help to provide safe pedestrian and cycle access to the site.

From the Milton Road/St Andrews Way junction, the existing footway will remain solely for the formal use of pedestrians. At the junction between Milton Road/Clay Close Lane/Burgoynes Road a new 'raised-table' will be constructed to calm traffic and allow for pedestrian crossing. A new section of footway will be constructed on the northern side of Milton Road allowing for on-ward movements into Clay Close Lane, and towards Impington’s amenities.

To supplement the existing traffic calming, additional speed-cushion traffic calming features will be implemented to create an extended low speed environment suitable for cycling along Milton Road towards the proposed development. Existing road markings will be repainted.

Drainage

The site is within Flood Zone 1 and at low risk of flooding. Following the withdrawal of the previous application, the flood mitigation and drainage strategy has been revised and is shown on the drawing below. A foul and surface water pumping station is included and a large Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs) basin has been incorporated into the proposals.

Key Benefits

Up to 50 new homes for Impington

50% affordable housing to help meet Histon and Impington’s deficit of affordable homes

4.8ha Community Park to contribute towards meeting the underprovision of open space within Histon and Impington

Up to 50 new homes for Impington

50% affordable housing to help meet Histon and Impington’s deficit of affordable homes

4.8ha Community Park to contribute towards meeting the underprovision of open space within Histon and Impington

Enhancing the local countryside and delivering biodiversity net gain

Enhanced cycle and pedestrian routes and highway safety improvements

Maintaining Impington’s rural character

Enhancing the local countryside and delivering biodiversity net gain

Enhanced cycle and pedestrian routes and highway safety improvements

Maintaining Impington’s rural character

Meet the team

Flagship Homes

Carter Jonas (Planning and Masterplanning)

Liz Lake (Landscape & LVIA)

TPA (Transport)

Peter Dann (Flood Risk, Drainage, and Civil Engineering)

Concilio (Community Engagement)

Engaging with you

We are keen to gather feedback from the local community about our proposals for Milton Road, Impington. We therefore held an in-person event to showcase the scheme, which gave attendees the opportunity to meet the project team, view the proposals, and ask them questions about the scheme. The event was held on Tuesday 9 November at the Histon and Impington Recreation Centre.

We also hosted a webinar on Monday 8 November, which featured a presentation from the project team followed by a Q&A session. A recording is available below:

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with the project team, please email sgregory@conciliocomms.com or call our free phone number 0800 193 1565.

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