Modular Housing Development at Northstowe
for Urban Splash

Bidwells secured reserved matters consent for the first development parcel of Phase 2 at Northstowe, Cambridgeshire. The scheme comprised 406 modular dwellings, including 40% starter homes.

What we did

  • Developed and implemented the planning strategy to:

    a) secure reserved matters consent;

    b) secure separate permissions for sustainable show homes and a sales pavilion

    c) discharge numerous conditions from the outline consent; and

    d) vary the outline consent to allow for commercial floorspace within the sub-phase.

  • Co-ordinated extensive pre-application consultation with the Local Planning Authority, statutory consultees, interest groups and members of the public

  • Provided on-going strategy and design advice to develop a policy and outline compliant scheme, advising on Local Plan, AAP, SPD, Design Code, s106 and condition requirements

  • Advised on the planning strategy to demonstrate that modular dwellings, with customisable internal layouts, delivered on housing mix requirements

  • Co-ordinated a large, multidisciplinary consultant team, including on-going liaison with the master developer, Homes England.

  • Provided specialist EIA and heritage expertise.







  • Secured the delivery of the UK’s largest modular housing development and one of the first scheme’s in the country to deliver Starter Homes.

  • The development achieves high levels of design and sustainability, in line with the LPA’s and Homes England’s vision for Northstowe to be an exemplar new town.

  • Prepared and submitted a comprehensive reserved matters application, including several other minor applications, within six months

  • Developed strong relationships with officers during pre-application discussions and the determination period, ultimately securing an officer recommendation for approval and resolution to grant at planning committee within four months

Northstowe 2A

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