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02 December 2013

Countryside Properties has gained planning approval for a major new public square at Great Kneighton on the southern fringe of Cambridge city centre.

The central square, known as Hobson’s Square, will form the heart of the Great Kneighton development providing a focus for the community and serve as a place for meeting and socialising. The plans incorporate public art, seating areas, rainwater gardens, trees and an open plaza, creating an attractive environment to spend time in. The plaza provides a flexible space to accommodate events such as concerts, farmers markets, community days, street parties and much more. Ultimately it will also provide the hub for amenities at Great Kneighton, with a new community and health centre, library and shops to be developed beside the square.

Andrew Carrington, Strategic Land Director at Countryside Properties said: “We are confident that Hobson’s Square will become a vibrant and attractive place for people to enjoy for many years to come and will be known as one of the finest new squares in Cambridge. The plans have focused on an exacting level of detail and use the highest quality materials as we strongly believe the detail is the key to successful place making.”

At the centre of the square, a piece of public art has been commissioned to provide a visual focus. This takes the form of a large sculpture entitled the Bronze House by Heather and Ivan Morison, which was inspired by archaeological discoveries relating to the Bronze Age history of the site.

Situated close to a stop on the Cambridgeshire Guided Bus, the square will become a focus for public transport links, providing an interchange with local bus services as well as pedestrian and cycle routes.

Countryside Properties developed the proposals in close collaboration with Cambridge City Council who will deliver the community centre building. The designs were developed for Countryside Properties by landscape architects Place Design and Planning.                                                            

Great Kneighton is located on the southern fringe of Cambridge between the village of Trumpington and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and lies in the Cambridge Southern Fringe growth area.  The overall development will eventually provide up to 2,250 new homes, of which 40 per cent will be affordable housing. The development is also adjacent to a new 120-acre country park providing extensive green opens space for the public to enjoy. There will also be new schools, sports and recreation, health and community facilities and local shopping facilities. 

Great Kneighton offers convenient transport links, with the M11 just moments away. The new transport hub within the development will provide convenient local bus links to the Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the train station, City centre and beyond, while the new cyclepath network also puts these places in easy reach by bicycle.  

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