The ambition was to integrate the Aura development with the surrounding countryside and communities. The masterplan for Great Kneighton includes ample amenity space, landscaping, a pond, an orchard and several pocket parks for children’s play, relaxing, exercising and socialising. The scheme includes over 4,600 sqm of open space.

Public amenity spaces are located in key positions and are overlooked by surrounding homes. All dwellings comprise private amenity space; houses feature gardens and terraces, while apartments benefit from generous balconies.

The development also benefits from a 120-acre Country Park east of Aura, on land that was previously situated within the green belt. This includes woodland, ponds bird reserve, allotments, school playing fields and other play areas.

Planning History

The design for Aura was developed in close consultation with Cambridge Planning and technical departments. A formal preapplication process started in October 2011. After a design review with the Development Control Committee in April 2012 and a Southern Fringe Exhibition and public consultation in May 2012, a full planning application was submitted in June 2012. During a productive consultation period the project was subject to refinements and a reserved matters application approval was consented in February 2013.

Project Team

Architect: TateHindle
Developer: Countryside Properties
Planning Authority: Cambridge

Development Data

Site size (ha):5.2
Date of completion:12/10/2016
Schedule of accommodation:12 x 1 bed apartments, 71 x 2 bed apartments, 9 x 3 bed apartments, 21 x 2 bed houses, 64 x 3 bed houses, 42 x 4 bed houses, 10 x 5 bed houses
Tenure mix:40% Affordable / 60 Private
Size of typical home:134
Parking spaces:344

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