Over 5,000 new homes will be built in Peterborough after planning permission for the Great Haddon development was issued.
The decision to issue outline planning permission for 5,350 homes, new schools and community facilities, was made by the city's planning committee members recently.
Developers will now look to draw up detailed plans for the site, which has been earmarked for housing for several years.
The original proposal had previously faced delays after the three landowners failed to agree the terms of a section 106 agreement, which required them to deliver specific community and highways infrastructure at set times throughout the development programme.
Two of the three landowners have now signed this agreement, covering 90 per cent of the site and the infrastructure delivery. On this basis, councillors agreed that the authority had secured sufficient certainty for permission to be issued.
Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning Services, Growth and Economic Development, said: “Peterborough is the fourth fastest growing city in the country and we are actively working to meet high housing demand, consistently completing around 1,000 homes a year. Our emerging Local Plan sets a target of delivering 21,315 homes by 2036, so it is crucial that we continue to build at a substantial rate.
“This site has taken time to progress, but due to the tenacity of our planning team professionals we can now look forward to seeing the completion of a major development which will benefit our residents for years to come.”