Land to the north of

Richborough Estates is preparing an Outline Planning Application for new homes on land to the north of Braeburn Way, Cranfield.

This website has been prepared so we can share our vision and emerging proposals for the Site and most importantly to ask for your feedback regarding our development proposals. Your comments will help shape the finalised proposals before we submit a planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Land to the North of Braeburn Way, Cranfield

The land to the north of Braeburn Way is located near to the centre of Cranfield. It is within close walking distance of the village’s existing services and facilities providing for sustainable development.

Our emerging proposals comprise the development of up to 180 dwellings, including up to 54 affordable homes, enhanced landscaping, large areas of public open space and improved existing Public Right of Way with the inclusion of new recreational routes throughout the proposals.

In advance of the submission of an Outline Planning Application, we are now consulting the local community on our emerging proposals. The proposals have been informed by various site assessments, including a series of technical and environmental studies.

We would like to hear your views and we will review feedback as we finalise and submit our proposals and designs.

About Richborough Estates

This Site is being promoted by Richborough Estates, a land promotion business who work in partnership with landowners, Councils, local stakeholders and the community to bring forward development schemes that deliver new homes and facilities that meet the needs of the local area. At the forefront of their ethos, the Richborough team strive to create sustainable developments that are of high quality and integrate sympathetically with their surroundings.

Our Proposals

Our proposals will deliver a range of benefits as follows:

  • The delivery of up to 180 dwellings with a mix of market and affordable homes (compliant with policy requirements) contributing to local housing need;
  • A range of new homes, ranging from starter homes to family dwellings, offering bungalows to cater for more elderly residents, of varying tenure creating and adding to a diverse and balanced community;
  • The delivery of large areas of public open space with equipped play and natural play trails for recreation;
  • High quality landscaping sensitive to the existing landscape character and enhancing the environment for residents and benefitting the local community;
  • Sustainable drainage with features to support and enhance the ecological value of the Site; and
  • Improvements to the existing Public Right of Way that crosses the Site, providing access to the wider settlement and areas surrounding Cranfield.

Richborough Estates are keen to hear your views on the emerging development proposals before they submit the Outline Planning Application. We welcome any comments that you may have, including what you might want to see on the Site.

This is not the last time you will be able to make comments on these proposals. Once the planning application is submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council you will also be able to submit formal comments to the Council directly. These comments will be considered by the Council when they determine the planning application. In the future, there will be further opportunities for safe engagement to allow more involvement in how the detail of the scheme might look.

We are particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:

  • What types of housing do you think would be most suitable for the Site?
  • Do you have any suggestions for the areas of public open space; for example natural play equipment, circular walks, wild meadow flower planting, foraging areas?
  • Do you have any comments on the Illustrative Masterplan layout?
  • Please provide any other comments you have on the proposed development.

Please contact us filling in the form on the right. Alternatively, please send your comments via email:

Or submit comments by post to:


Please use a standard sized envelope (one that would fit through a letterbox).

Please submit your comments by the 26th June 2020

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RPS Consulting UK & Ireland, (321 Bradford Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 6ET) & Edge Urban Design (Suite 2, 7 Buttermarket, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3EW) are conducting this consultation on behalf of Richborough Estates (20 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5TB). When we refer to “we” or “us” we mean the three of us.

If you submit comments and include your address we will only use your address to analyse the areas from which comments are being submitted. The information you submit and your personal data will not be passed to any third party.

The information you submit will only be retained for as long as is necessary for the purposes of the planning process for this development. If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time please contact us using the contact details on this leaflet.

If you would like to know more about how your information will be processed, please contact us using the contact details on this leaflet.