New homes are set to go on sale

 New homes are set to go sale

Hopkins Homes has already started construction of the first 128 houses close to the new entrance to Alconbury Weald off Ermine Street and they will be open to reservation at a launch on April 16th.

Urban & Civic, which owns the site, is planning to build 5,000 homes and create 8,000 jobs by converting the airfield into a new area for housing and business. It has already built the Incubator for start-up businesses, the Club to serve new firms and the first new school is under construction. It will open in September.

Tim Leathes, development director, said: "This is an exciting time for the project as it moves from the planning stage to the delivery of the first new homes and businesses on site. "We are delighted to be working with Hopkins Homes as they have a long-term commitment to quality housing in the area and are committed to supporting our jobs and skills targets through the construction process."

He said: "Over the last few months we have invested millions of pounds in the infrastructure and landscaping across and around the first phase of housing and been working closely with the inspiring school building coming forward to ensure that early residents have an amazing setting, facilities on their doorstep and a great home to make their own."

The first 128 homes are being built next to the first primary school which will be run by the Diocese of Ely and will be amongst extensive landscaping, including  causeway bridge over water features, a lake and more than 18,000 trees.

Lee Barnard, sales director at Hopkins Homes, said they were pleased to unveil their vision of what the first homes would look like and the houses were designed to create a gateway into the wider development. "We want to maintain the rural feel of the beautiful Cambridgeshire villages with the school at the heart of the community. Work has already started to build the new homes," he said.

The launch of the houses starts at 10am and is open to the public. Properties ranging from two-bed coach houses through to five-bed detached homes will be on sale and have features borrowed from local villages like Abbots Ripton in the designs.

The Alconbury Weald site includes the government backed Enterprise Zone, designed to bring in businesses and more than 700 acres of green space.

Two more primary schools will be built, together with a secondary school, to serve the community and there will be leisure, recreation and health facilities as well as investment in transport services.