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Work begins on new homes on former Bottisham airfield site

Construction work has begun on the first homes at a new housing development in Bottisham. Bloor Homes is building 24 homes on the site of the former RAF Bottisham airfield off Tunbridge Lane.


24/08/2016 - General

Construction work has begun on the first homes at a new housing development in Bottisham.
 
Bloor Homes is building 24 homes on the site of the former RAF Bottisham airfield off Tunbridge Lane.
 
The De Havilland Orchard development will comprise a range of two to five-bedroom properties, with nine of the homes being provided as affordable housing.
 
Planning permission for the scheme was granted in April last year, with infrastructure works beginning on the 1.93 acre brownfield site earlier this year.
 
The first plots at the site are due to be completed in the spring.
 
Andrew Marns, Regional Managing Director at Bloor Homes Eastern, said: “This former airfield site has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years so we are pleased to be bringing it back into use as a new housing development.
 
“A number of dilapidated buildings on the site have been demolished to make way for the development, which will feature a wide variety of house types to create an attractive streetscene which is more in keeping with its surroundings.
 
“De Havilland Orchard will provide a range of homes to meet the needs of the local area, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the site when the sales office opens later this year.”
 
Previously home to an orchard, the site was used as an RAF air base during the Second World War, when it housed the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Mess. 
 
After the war the site was occupied by the Polish Nicholas Copernicus Grammar School for Boys, where students studied and learnt English, but has stood derelict for the past few decades.
 
As part of the planning agreement with East Cambridgeshire District Council, Bloor Homes will be providing funding of £40,556 towards off-site public open space and £3,000 for a new footpath link at the development.