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About Taylor Wimpey
A major new community set within an exceptional landscape.
We have been one of the lead developers from the outset. The community is arranged into three villages, which feature design details and materials inspired by the local architecture to create a pleasant and attractive living environment with plenty of open space. A local centre with shops and commercial premises, and a 20 hectare business park offering up to 750,000 square feet of business space have been built. Over 1,000 people are employed at the Business Park and of these approximately 100 live within Cambourne. Three schools, a hotel and a sports centre provide excellent amenity and leisure facilities for residents. As a result Cambourne is a thriving, well balanced and sustainable community.
One of Cambourne's strengths is its natural environment with more than half of the site dedicated as open space. It won the Landscape Institute’s Best Landscape Design Award (over 5 hectares) in 2010 and featured in their ‘Making it Home – The Power of Landscape to Create Good Housing’ published in March 2010.
Wherever possible, natural features and mature specimens, such as established trees, have been retained. Existing natural features are also used as part of the sustainable urban drainage system. For example ditches, ponds and streams provide drainage while green areas act to reduce rainwater run-off. A network of footpaths, cycleways, and bridleways links the residential areas with the local centre and the green spaces. This reduces the need for local car journeys. There are a number of village greens, play areas and other informal public open spaces, as well as 45 hectares of new woodland and 12 miles of hedges containing over 250,000 trees and shrubs. These areas create valuable wildlife habitats whilst also screening the development from key viewpoints outside the site and sheltering the homes from prevailing winds.
Plants and wildlife were considered at an early stage in the design process and we worked with specialist landscape consultants and ecologists to identify, protect and manage all existing habitats, as well as to create new areas of natural landscaping. The results include: 40 new bird species and a threefold increase in the number of butterfly and dragonfly species have been recorded on site since 1996; pipistrelle bats now breed on site and kingfishers inhabit the lakeside cliffs. The well stocked fishing lake is managed by the local fishing club. After successful discussions with the Cambridge Wildlife Trust they have taken over responsibility for the management of the informal open space, ensuring that the landscape will remain of the highest quality. This relationship has been secured with an innovative and cost effective approach. We have constructed a building on site for the Wildlife Trust, providing them with an office and additional space which they can hire out and therefore generate funding, which contributes towards the landscape management services that they provide.
The community is well established and Cambourne has its own Parish Council, which evolved from the original Cambourne Residents Association. A community centre, The Hub, is managed by the parish council and offers indoor space for community events during the week and is available for hire by local residents at weekends. The parish council also has an office in The Hub.
We provided full funding for the construction of a sports centre, which is also managed by the parish council, and various pitches including tennis courts, a cricket pitch, and bowling greens as well as a new pavilion and sport changing rooms. Opened in 2011, these sporting facilities have enabled clubs and teams to develop. We also funded ‘The Big LEAP’, a £100,000 Bronze Age themed playground. This was designed, in collaboration with the parish council and local schoolchildren, by architects Randall Thorp and opened in time for the 2011 school summer holidays.
The local centre contains a thriving high street, including a Morrisons supermarket. We have provided significant funding for a number of public buildings including a fire station, police station, doctor’s surgery, library and a communal health building. Extensive and complex infrastructure has been delivered, including major new road junctions, a new dual carriageway section on the A428 and the Caxton Bypass, and three new foul water pumping stations. We have also funded upgrades to local public transport to benefit both the people of Cambourne and their neighbours in surrounding areas.
In October 2011 planning permission was granted for the final phase of 950 homes (633 of which will be built by us). We carried out extensive community engagement and Cambourne’s Parish Council was heavily involved during the planning stages. Construction began in July 2012 and completion is anticipated in 2020.
All of the homes will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 standards. As part of the Section 106 Agreement we have contributed £630,000 (of a £950,000 total) towards a Community Sustainability Fund. The first project to be funded will help make various buildings in Cambourne more energy efficient. Solar panels are being installed on the roofs of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices, the community centre, sports centre and pavilion.
We are also required to make various community payments to both Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambourne Parish Council, including: over £10 million for primary and secondary education (including the provision of facilities); £827,500 for health care; £700,000 for an all-weather pitch; and £190,000 for public transport services.
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