Northstowe News

A hub of connectivity

The recently opened Cambridge North Railway Station is being served by new bus services from Northstowe to accommodate increased demand thanks to Stagecoach – making our town and residents even better-connected.

Cambridge North welcomed its first passengers in May of this year, serving the north of the city and helping to relieve pressure on Cambridge’s main station to the south.

The station is located just ten minutes from Northstowe and is easily accessed via the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.

Cambridge North will serve the city’s northern suburbs and technology parks, with services transporting passengers to and from London with additional services between Cambridge and Norwich, one to Ely and another through to King’s Lynn. The station also boasts a cycle park with capacity for 1,000 bikes and a 450-space car park, encouraging commuters to travel more sustainably.

10,000 new homes are planned for Northstowe, with the first residents already settled in to Phase 1 developments built near the Longstanton Park & Ride for easy access to the guided bus way.

To deal with the increased demand on the roads into Cambridge, Stagecoach has registered new bus services, which are already in operation from Northstowe to the new station and the city centre.

Stagecoach is offering a 20-minute service from 7am to 7pm, and the six extra buses that already operate on the guided busway will also serve Cambridge North station, in response to the boost in use during peak times.

For more information on these new services and to access a timetable, visit the Stagecoach website

Welcoming our first residents

We were thrilled to celebrate the arrival of Northstowe’s first new residents earlier this year, with many more due to arrive over the coming months, and over a quarter of homes already reserved.

Developer Bloor Homes will be building the first 92 homes in Phase 1, with houses ranging from two to five bedrooms.

It’s expected that 19 sets of residents will have moved in by July and they will have access to excellent public transport links, community buildings and a new school. By the end of 2017 all five house builders should be active on the first Phase of Northstowe.

During this time of ongoing development, planners are also funding a council community engagement officer to help new residents settle in to their homes and integrate with the nearby existing communities.

There is also a strong commitment to providing affordable housing in Northstowe, with over 2000 affordable homes planned amongst the first 5000 homes and 300 of these within Phase 1.

For Phase 2 it has been agreed with the Homes and Communities Agency that 50% of the housing provision will be affordable (10% will be affordable rent and 40% will be starter homes).

Monika Hanlon, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes Eastern, said:

“The interest in the early releases at Northstowe has been phenomenal and we are delighted that over a quarter of our homes have already been reserved off-plan. The first residendents will have the opportunity to be the first to use a range of amenities such as a primary school and community buildings. They will also be able to use the super-fast fibre broadband that will be available to all residents, adding to the benefits of living in the town. With its close proximity to Cambridge and excellent transport links to the city, Northstowe has proved to be an extremely popular development with buyers looking for high quality and affordable homes in this sought-after area."

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, added: “The first residents moving in is a huge milestone for the new town. It will take many years for the town to be fully built but now is the time to look to the future and the exciting opportunities we have to create a vibrant community where people will want to live, work and go to school. Having excellent public transport links and a school in place so early in the new town is a great start and the very high interest in the new homes reported by the house builders shows that Northstowe is somewhere that people really want to be a part of. A total of over 600 homes already have planning permission at the town and four other housebuilders are either on site or nearly ready to get underway.”