Property business expands to meet housing demand

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 2 Feb 2015

Wing ProjectAn expanding property business is growing its team as it ramps up its focus on residential development across more than 365 hectares of land to the eastern edge of Cambridge.

Marshall Group Properties (MGP) group planning executive Richard Oakley told Planning: “We have two big projects on the go and need to grow the team to deliver more homes.”

MGP owns more than 365 hectares acres of land, which includes Cambridge International Airport, 1.6 million sq ft of hangar and office space and agricultural land. 

Oakley's team is working on residential development proposals for up to 1,600 homes for the city and is focusing on the longer-term potential of Cambridge East for up to 12,000 new homes.

“We need to build housing around the airport and are front loading the business with planners for the next year or two,” said Oakley.

MGP is looking to recruit a town planner to develop the airport masterplan and monitor planning applications that may affect airport operations such as wind turbines and cranes.

The new planner will also take responsibility for key aspects of both of the big housing projects, working with developer partners and discharging planning conditions and section 106 obligations;

The first scheme, the Wing Project, has recently been submitted for outline planning permission for up to 1,300 homes.

The second project, known as Mallets Park, is in the pre-application stages, with approximately 270 homes anticipated.

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