Thakeham is excited to announce its vision to build the UK’s first zero-carbon community in South West Cambridgeshire.


The vision builds on an infrastructure-led plan comprising a new town and a series of connecting villages, becoming a key driver in facilitating Cambridgeshire’s future growth.


Thakeham is committed to creating a dynamic and green living environment, delivering 25,000 sustainable, zero-carbon homes and a biodiversity net gain of at least 20%.


Our vision for a new community includes land around Barrington, Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Foxton, Meldreth, Orwell, Shepreth, Whaddon and Wimpole. The proposals would deliver as many as 10,000 much-needed affordable homes and would help to ease the pressure on first-time buyers and keyworkers, while allowing older people to downsize and remain in the local area.


Located on the doorstep of a global seat of learning and in the heart of the MedTech Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Thakeham’s vision for South West Cambridgeshire represents a unique chance to attract regional and national investment while building an inclusive community that enjoys healthier lifestyles and is ready for growth.


The announcement coincides with the UN Climate Ambition Summit and follows the UK Government’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 68% of what they were in 1990 by the end of 2030.


Rob Boughton, Thakeham CEO, said:

“We’re delighted to reveal our vision to create the UK’s first truly sustainable new community. A zero-carbon place with green transport links, where school and work are readily accessible and community facilities are owned by the local residents.


“As the UK’s contribution to this week’s UN Climate Ambition Summit will show, addressing the climate emergency and protecting our environment is fast becoming the number one national priority, along with ensuring that we continue to build the homes and infrastructure which are so desperately needed. Our proposals aim to provide a global blueprint for zero-carbon sustainable placemaking.


“Thakeham are committed to working in partnership with the local community, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and other key stakeholders as our plans for South West Cambridgeshire begin to evolve.”


With strong connections to Cambridge and London, South West Cambridgeshire is just one stop away from the future Cambridge South Station close to Addenbrooke’s and has direct links to national transport corridors. The new town would include significant green spaces for new and existing residents to enjoy.


The new town would attract significant investment, creating thousands of local jobs in new commercial space, along with a range of amenities including new sporting, healthcare, schools, and education facilities.


This vision will lay the foundations for a high-quality sustainable environment and outstanding quality of life, with a strong economic focus to nurture inclusive growth.

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