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Plans for the central square and landscaping of Cambridge University's new £1 billion town have been approved.
The proposal, which has been given the go-ahead by the local council, includes the construction of a supermarket, shops, a doctors' surgery, police station and an energy centre.
Much of the plans will centred around a main market square at the heart of the first phase of construction.
The development is to be designed as part of a partnership between Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Mole Architects.
The overall project is known as Lot 1 of the phase one of the North West Cambridge scheme and is expected to cost around £280 million.
It is set to cover 155 hectares and will include 530 key-worker homes, as well as 300 student bed spaces.
There will also be the construction of a new supermarket, which could be as large as the 2,000 square metre Tesco store in nearby Milton, although the operator of the new shop has not yet been confirmed.
A second supermarket is also planned at the former National Institute of Agricultural Botany site between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road.
Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development, said: “The Western Edge and local centre create natural meeting places where people can come together.
“The university’s commitment to these facilities will establish the foundations for a new part of the city of which Cambridge can be proud.”
The development will also generate its own heat and power, with a seven-storey chimney of the energy centre set to be the tallest part of the scheme.
Construction will start this year with phased completions from the latter part of 2015-2016.
Councilor John Hipkin, a member of the committee and representative for the Castle ward of the city, said it was “extremely welcome” that facilities were being provided early on.
He added: “The fact there will be two supermarkets within easy reach of Castle is very welcome. A wider range of stores is always welcome.”
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