Case studies
Creating New Communities, Placemaking for Today and Future Generations

Cambourne

We are the lead developer at Cambourne, a thriving, well balanced and sustainable community in Cambridge.

Three villages

The development is arranged into three villages, featuring design details and materials inspired by local architecture. We are delivering over 3,000 new homes, a local centre, three schools, a hotel, sports centre and a 20-hectare business park, offering up to 750,000 sq. ft. of business space.

Site history

Taylor Wimpey has been involved since the inception of Cambourne, bringing forward the three linked villages for Greater Cambourne, Lower Cambourne and Upper Cambourne.

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

In March 2014 the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was submitted for independent examination, which identified the land West of Cambourne as a good location for growth for up to 1,200 new homes.
Construction staff discussion

A change of plan

At the start of Summer 2015 the examination was suspended. The Inspector asked South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to undertake further assessments in relation to their housing numbers.

Opportunities for Cambourne West

We subsequently submitted an outline planning application for 2,350 new homes to demonstrate that the land west of Cambourne could support more housing than outlined in the submitted local plan. This received a resolution to grant in January 2017.

Sustainability

Existing landscape features have been used as part of the sustainable urban drainage system; ditches, ponds and streams provide drainage while green areas reduce rainwater run-off. A network of foot and cycle paths links residents with the local centre and green spaces, reducing short car journeys.
Family playing football near their new home

Green spaces

We believe that offering high quality green spaces, rich with biodiversity, increases the value of our homes and developments. Cambourne has village greens, play areas and informal public open spaces, 45 hectares of new woodland and 12 miles of hedges with over 250,000 trees and shrubs. 
Customers enjoying picnic near home

Ecology management

We have created a strong working relationship with Cambridge Wildlife Trust, which has taken over the management of the informal open space. This model partnership between the two companies is something we aim to expand through new development opportunities in the future. 
Customers walking dog in nearby park