As with any thriving town or village, it’s the people that will form the beating heart of Northstowe. The community is already integrating with neighbouring towns and villages contributing to life right across Cambridgeshire, and will continue to do so as the development grows.

Northstowe will have its own unique community. Friends and families drawn together around the reality of town life with all the amenities and facilities they could need on their doorstep. 

Schools, including nursery and pre-school, healthcare, GP surgeries, pharmacy, recreation, community facilities and shops are all factored into one place. Being a town nestled into South Cambridgeshire’s surrounding rural community, some of these facilities will also provide services for other nearby communities allowing Northstowe to become an ideal hub and a destination for the wider community to enjoy.

Civic spaces will play their part too in the creation of Northstowe, allowing festivals, farmers markets and all manner of ‘pop up’ attractions to provide opportunities to shape the culture and community of this soon to be vibrant new town.

As well as being a great place for people to call home, Northstowe will provide for a mixed and balanced community with an accent on health and wellbeing. The new town has been planned to provide great spaces for formal and informal recreation in both sport and play. Landscape architects Randall Thorp have been brought on-board to look at the design of the five play areas planned across Phase 1 of Northstowe. Find out more here.

NHS England is providing continued funding for a ‘Healthy New Town’ programme over the next 2 years and work has been commissioned to look at the accommodation needs of older people.

As new residents move in, planners are funding a council community engagement officer to help new residents settle in to their homes and integrate with the nearby existing communities.

The Northstowe Community Working Group (NCWP) meet on a quarterly basis and have been personally welcoming new residents with a Community New Residents pack, including lots of information about the development, its history and transport links. They are now turning their attention to building a programme of activities and community projects for the coming year. For the latest updates from the community group, keep an eye on the blog, or if you would like to join the NCWG or get in touch please email

For new residents info, take a look here.

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