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Dispersal - new settlements

Dispersal: new settlements (concept illustration)

New settlements would establish a whole new town or village, providing homes, jobs and supporting infrastructure in a new location, and would need to be supported by strategic transport infrastructure connecting to Cambridge.


  • Provides an opportunity for significant new infrastructure to be delivered.

  • Provides an opportunity for substantial growth in a new location connected to the transport network.

  • May avoid removing land from the Green Belt


  • Potential major impact on the landscape and loss of agricultural land.

  • Can take longer to become reality, due to starting from scratch.

  • Where it relies on proposed new transport infrastructure, even where it is included in the plans of the transport authorities, the level of certainty over delivery and timing of that infrastructure is crucial.

Read more about the other choices for where we may plan for new development:

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