A development brief for a £500 million Station Quarter Gateway
envisages construction of up to 100,000 sq m of offices, 1,200
homes, 4,000 car park spaces and the creation of 5,000 jobs.
Marketing of a £150 million mixed-use scheme on the River Nene South
Bank to a ‘hot list’ of developers will begin later this year, with
detailed plans expected by December.
on a new acute hospital and mental
health unit, and improved access from Bretton Gate will proceed in
phases between 2006 and 2009 when the existing hospital buildings
will be demolished.
Plans were also submitted in March
for a £142 million Gateway distribution park on a 119-acre (48.1
hectare) site at the junction of the A1(M) and Fletton Parkway. Five
warehouses are proposed with a total floor area of 1,817,085 sq ft
(168,807 sq m).
Large-scale housing developments are
also in progress or are planned. The Hampton township on
Peterborough’s southern perimeter, which will eventually have 7,300
homes, already has 2,000 homes occupied and a further two years’
supply of housing land has been sold. A large-scale residential
scheme for 900 homes is well advanced at the former British Sugar
factory site off Oundle Road in Woodston. Other major housing
developments are earmarked for Potters Way (550 homes), Paston
Reserve (1,200 homes) and South Stanground (1,500 homes).
The Local Transport Plan anticipates
expenditure totalling around £180 million for the period up to 2010
is needed on major road schemes. The plan aims to balance good
accessibility by car with the promotion of attractive and safe
sustainable options, such as walking, cycling, public transport and
The city council is also pursuing
policies to encourage the development of more ‘knowledge-based’
businesses in the city. Approval has been granted for the
construction of an innovation centre that will offer an 'incubator'
environment for up to 90 innovative businesses.
Another priority for the city
council is to drive up the educational achievement and, as a result,
the career opportunities, of local youngsters. Investment totalling
£164 million, includes the construction of the £46 million Thomas
Deacon Academy that will cater for 2,200 secondary pupils when it
opens in September 2007 – replacing three existing schools. A
further £68 million is being invested in the construction of a new
secondary school – The Voyager – at Walton, which will replace two
other secondary schools, and extensions to Jack Hunt and Ken
Peterborough City Council Deputy
Leader Councillor John Peach said: “All these developments indicate
that Peterborough has ambitious growth aspirations and the capacity
to accommodate substantial expansion. It is a great city in which to
live, providing an excellent location for business and the city
council is making significant progress in attaining its aspirations
for Peterborough to become a bigger, better city.”