The results are in following a community engagement event hosted by developer This Land, a provider of high-quality homes in Cambridgeshire and the eastern counties of England. A huge 84% of respondents support the development of a new community building that will sit at the heart of the new Eddeva Park development between Worts’ Causeway and Babraham Road on the south-east fringes of Cambridge.
This Land secured outline planning permission for a 230-home development south of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, adjacent to Babraham Road. Incorporated in This Land’s proposals is the delivery of a central ‘village’ green which will act as Eddeva Park’s social centre and will include, the planting of trees and a community building.
Residents from the immediate local area were invited to attend an open community event held on July 29th at Queen Edith Chapel for their view on the community centre. Responses were gathered via in-person questionnaires, an online survey and postal entries after the event.
Nearly half of residents (43%) said that they would like a flexible community hall. 25% of respondents also said they would want a shop/café.
David Land CEO of This Land said: “Community centres form important hubs, giving people the opportunity to socialise. They are vital to establishing a more positive and supportive spirit among residents in new housing developments. As a community-minded housebuilder, we understand the importance of working with local people to create an open dialogue throughout the build process. This unique approach creates developments that have a positive impact on the individuals who move into them, and the neighbourhood they become part of.”