Business and political leaders in Wisbech have welcomed a proposal to regenerate the town.
Fenland District Council last week announced a proposal to make Wisbech a “garden town” as part of the devolution process.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 new homes could be built on the western and eastern edges of the town, along with the introduction of a Local Enterprise Zone.
It is hoped that the garden town bid, along with a university campus in Peterborough, will be Cambridgeshire’s big asks under potential devolution deals.
Leader of Wisbech Town Council David Oliver said the plans were “exciting”.
He said: “The proposal to make Wisbech a garden town would increase the amount of housing within the Wisbech area.
“It that happens it would strengthen our bid for rail links and a deal for the A47.
“Having that amount of accommodation would increase the likelihood of people coming to Wisbech for retail, business and manufacturing.
“I think it is quite interesting and very exciting but obviously it is in the early stages.”
Wisbech Chamber of Trade chairman Kevin Smith has also welcomed the plans.
He said: “When you increase the population, some of the retail brands that we have on our dream list could start to appear.
“This proposal could only be a good thing with increasing the population as that would increase services for Wisbech, which would support our businesses and increase footfall in the town centre.”
The garden town proposal could help to ease the housing pressure around Cambridge.
The proposal includes hopes of creating family and starter homes along with self-build opportunities. There could also be a retirement village.
There are also hopes to create a Local Enterprise Zone, which includes manufacturing and businesses originating from Cambridge Science Park ideas.
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