My university is building what most people would call a new campus, usually known as 'North West Cambridge'.I am largely convinced that this is the right thing to do.There isn't enough space for a growing university in the town centre, and there is woefully not enough reasonably priced accommodation for graduate students or staff.
So I am therefore being tolerant about the fact that a large village-cum-small town is being built a few hundred yards up my road (nimby, moi?). That means 1500 homes for uni staff, 1500 private houses, accommodation for 2000 graduates students, a school, shops, hotel and a care home (that might come in useful one day), as well as more strictly uni stuff.
The university is, of course, being an aggressively responsible developer. The whole site is being archaeologically recorded, there is all the required public art planned, and it's as sustainable as anyone could dream of (cycleways all over the place). And the neighbours are being regularly kept informed with leaflets written in slightly over-enthusiastic tones about how exciting it all is.
But, as usual, it is easier to get exercised about the relatively trivial than about the big picture (like how much extra exhaust etc will waft down our road). So I have been thinking about what all this is going to be called …. I mean the new roads and streets and so on.