Plans for an 8,000 home new town in the heart of Cambridgeshire have moved a step forward with the sale of a former airfield to English Partnerships.
Defence Estates has agreed to sell the 288-hectare former Oakington airfield, near Cambridge, it has announced.
The sale is expected to go-ahead in the Autumn and then plans are likely to go forward to develop the site between the villages of Oakington and Longstanton.
Council planners have christened the new settlement Northstowe.
The site is designated in Cambridgeshire County Council's structure plan as a major part of a proposed new town development. Northstowe will be built on the former airfield site and adjacent private land.
Defence Minister Don Touhig said: "This government is committed to using brown field land (industrial) sites to create sustainable communities with affordable housing."