Your common Northstowe questions answered
We have put together a list of some of the most common questions that we get asked about various aspects of Northstowe. We hope that this page is helpful.
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We will add further questions and answers to this page in future. This page was last updated on Thursday 29 November 2023.
When is each community facility coming forward?
With regards to the timing of each building coming forwards, as of 28 November 2023, here’s what we can tell you:
- Northstowe Secondary College: Community space has been available to hire at Northstowe Secondary College since the building open. Please visit the Northstowe Secondary College website to check their availability. The college offers a 15% discount on booking their facilities if community groups making the booking are located in Northstowe or Longstanton. Any queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pathfinder Primary School also has community spaces available for hire. Contact Pathfinder Primary School via email@example.com for more information.
- Phase 1 Sports Pavilion: The building is now completed and has been handed over to the Council. The Council has selected Elite Sports UK as the partner to run the pavilion and Northstowe’s Western Park sports facility. Elite Sports UK operate several community sports facilities elsewhere and, together with the Council, will let Northstowe residents know when the pavilion and Western Park facilities will open for bookings. Elite Sports UK will also soon be putting together their offer of activities and promoting booking arrangements for them.
- The Cabin (Temporary community centre): The building officially opened on Monday 17 July 2023. Anyone who wishes to book the temporary community centre for a group or event can complete a booking form. Northstowe Hub Café is open at The Cabin on Wednesdays from 9am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Hot drinks are also available on a self-service basis outside of café hours.
You can view a video of the building being delivered below; our thanks to SkyTech Cambridge for the footage. The building has been placed on land owned by the Council next to The Green, on Pathfinder Way, alongside the area earmarked for Northstowe’s permanent community centre. The large single-storey modular building includes a generous lobby with kitchenette and toilets, storage, and has space for 3 offices, an NHS room, and 2 large community rooms which can be used for a wide range of activities for all ages including:
- Community cafe and pantry
- Baby and toddler groups
- Private hire for events such as birthday parties
- Children and youth activities
- Art workshops and events
- Meeting spaces for sport and activity groups
- Phase 1 Community Centre: The Council has been talking to Northstowe residents about what the permanent community centre, and wider area, might look like. A planning application was submitted in September 2023, with construction expected to begin next year if approval is granted. The permanent community centre will be significantly larger than the temporary building if planning permission is received, is expected to open in winter 2025/2026.
- Phase 2 Civic Hub: The Civic Hub, currently expected delivery is 2028, will provide health, library and community space. We are currently working with partners and stakeholders to produce a detailed design brief.
- Phase 2 Sports Pavilion: Work has not yet started on this facility which will come at a later stage of Northstowe's development. It is anticipated that this pavilion will likely be delivered when around 2,500 homes at Northstowe are occupied.
When will the first shops and cafes open?
Following the work that was undertaken on the concept masterplan for the Enterprise Zone and Local Centre, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) has been working to prepare options as to how to best bring the site forward. A key parcel within the scheme was previously held on option for Cambridgeshire County Council for the provision of a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Earlier this summer, Cambridgeshire County Council officially declined to take up this option and SCDC are working with developers L&Q Estates regarding our option for first refusal to purchase this key parcel within the Enterprise Zone. Meanwhile, our Council officers have met informally with a number of parties and are taking specialist advice on the different options available to deliver the site, and the uses required by the community and the market.
Homes England also has land and outline planning permission for shops and cafes on a later stage of Phase Two as part of what will become the town centre. This is an initial phase of the Northstowe town centre. It is planned to include a market hall and a convenience store, as part of a mix of uses appropriate to a town centre setting. It also includes space for the Civic Hub building, including library, health and community space.
Northstowe Hub Café is open at The Cabin (Temporary Community Centre) on Wednesdays from 9am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Hot drinks are also available on a self-service basis outside of café hours via a QR code.
When will the roads be adopted?
The issue is that the construction lorries inevitably clip corners and destroy curb stones – that is why there are so many that are loose in Northstowe. Because of this it does not make sense to finish the roads to their final surface, as it would only take a few months before they were in need of repair.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Team has investigated different possible routes for the construction traffic, but once lorries enter Northstowe there are 4 separate housebuilders’ compounds as destinations, which means that whatever route they take, almost every major road in Northstowe is subject to at least some lorry traffic.
Individual housebuilders are responsible for their own parcels, including roads.
Roads, cycle ways and footways should all be complete by the end of 2024. The adoption of roads will then be end of 2025, following a 12-month maintenance period.
What provision is there for GP services for residents?
Currently, as was always intended, Northstowe residents can register with the local GP surgery at Willingham Medical Practice.
The Civic Hub, planned as part of Phase 2 of Northstowe, will provide healthcare space, including GP services. Note that responsibility for health planning and delivery sits with the NHS locally.
Questions answered at recent Northstowe Community Forums
The following questions have been answered during recent Northstowe Community Forums.
Who is Greenbelt and what are there fees for?
Greenbelt manage and maintain communal open spaces areas in Phase 1 of Northstowe including open space within house parcels. Bills are issued in November. A drop-in session has been organised for Tuesday 12 November 4pm-6pm at The Cabin so residents can ask any questions about their bills.
Any updates on missing post?
The issue of missing post has been escalated to Royal Mail and they are investigating.
How do I report something that I am concerned about?