Inspired by the East Anglian landscape, Newbury Farm offers a sensitive urban extension to Cambridge’s city centre with 230 new homes and non-residential floor space orientated around landscaped public spaces.

ClientThis Land
Number of Homes 230
Other Uses 400m2 of non-residential floorspace
Site Size 8.7ha
Planning Approved September 2020

Designed for This Land, BPTW have created a masterplan for Newbury Farm based on strong urban design principles and an appreciation for the local countryside. Included within the design is a new local centre for the Queen Edith’s Ward that offers a focus for viable community activities surrounded by a residential core of traditional streets and mews arrangements of one- to four-bedroom homes. The masterplan received unanimous planning approval from the Council in September 2020.

Connectivity with the surrounding residential neighbourhood and permeability with the adjacent landscape were key drivers in the arrangement of the new streets and green spaces into three distinct character areas. New buildings are nestled in a green-edged buffer, and an east-west corridor, a new pocket park and a central green square provide visual permeability with the surroundings. Architectural landmarks such as gable ends, roof parapet features, and oriel and bay windows identify nodal points within the masterplan that assist with wayfinding.

The development’s urban form is a result of design evolution and extensive review by Cambridge City Council and the local population. The design complied with strict guidelines set by the local planning authority, such as the preservation of hedgerows, to ensure a soft transition between suburban and rural landscapes.