By Steve Hayes 07/03 Updated: 13/03 13:42
DETAILED plans for the first phase of a large development in Long Marston have been revealed.
Developers, St Modwen and Persimmon Homes, this week submitted plans for the first stage of the so-called Long Marston masterplan.
They already have outline permission to develop the 470-acre former Ministry of Defence site but the latest plans flesh out the detail.
The initial plans would see the creation of a new estate of 284 homes at the site, a central square with a community centre and convenience store as well as sports pavilion and pitches, children's play area, allotments and car parking.
A spokesperson for the developer said they aimed to create a 'unique thriving community' which would provide quality housing and around 500 jobs.
The proposed housing includes 115 affordable houses and a further 28 homes which will be prioritised for those working on the estate.
Primary access for vehicles will be from Campden Road via a new roundabout entrance and a new access road into the development would also be created.
The plans also include a new bus service and stop located within walking distance of the houses and the neighbourhood would also be connected by foot and cycle paths and a section of the proposed Greenway cycle and footpath adjacent to the new houses.
A separate planning application has been submitted proposing the permanent construction of the Greenway cycle and footpath extension running one and a quarter miles from north to south through the whole of the development and link with the existing Greenway.
David McGing, director for Persimmon Homes, said: "We are very excited about our proposed development with St Modwen, which will not only bring a range of much needed quality yet affordable new homes to house-hunters in and around Long Marston, but will also provide a great deal of skilled employment to the area with up to 80 permanent jobs being created."
In 2009, St Modwen received outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, incorporating leisure and housing uses, and detailed planning permission for retention of the 80,000 sq m of employment space.
Planning permission is also in place for retention of the rail storage and restoration facilities, as well as a rail-based leisure attraction.
And there is also outline planning permission for 150 holiday homes, a caravan park and more homes in place.
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