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over swimming poolSwimming is a vital life skill to be learnt by the young and old alike. We are therefore delighted to announce our partnership with the Friends of Over Primary School (FOPS), to assist with their efforts to raise £36,000 to cover the existing swimming pool with a purpose built enclosure and to create new changing rooms. This will provide an excellent facility for the school and whole village community.

The benefit of having such a facility within the village cannot be underestimated. I have two young children myself, who attend the Primary School, so know first-hand how difficult it can be to travel elsewhere for lessons after school.

After making an initial contribution to the fund, we have agreed to donate £100* following the completion of every property successfully referred to us using the code POOLFUND.

If you are considering selling and would like to support the Swimming Pool Fund then please call our local team on 01223 470099 for a free marketing appraisal.

 

*Terms and conditions apply.

HH thumbTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some great properties featured in this month’s edition, including a large five bedroom detached family home in Swavesey on page 24 and an improved and beautifully styled Victorian end-of-terrace house on page 27. Turn to page 42 for a range of central London properties currently on the market through John D Wood & Co., our London associate.

It may only be October, but Cambridge Cookery School remind us that the festive party season is fast approaching! For more details of their unique take on the corporate Christmas party see page 28.

Our feature this month comes from Allgoods of Ely delicatessen, charcuterie and cheesemonger. Since opening just six months ago, it has gone from strength to strength. They have recently added an outside seating area, allowing diners to people watch while enjoying a coffee and a cake – perfect!

Turn to page 12 for our latest Market View, where you’ll find out how Cambridge has performed, compared to the locations of the other top five English universities, for annual house price growth.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

The story so far……

NorthstoweIt seems that discussion about development of a new town at Northstowe has been going on for years. And indeed it has been on the agenda since the late 1990’s. Applications made by the joint promoters, Gallagher Estates and the Homes and Communities Agency [HCA], in 2005 and 2007 were subsequently withdrawn and progress stalled during the recession.

Finally however last year the application for Phase 1 was received: http://bit.ly/1qkozWU. This is an outline application which includes up to 1,500 dwellings; a primary school and a mixed-use local centre. The first phase will be located on land south of Longstanton Park and Ride and adjacent to B1050 at Station Road, Longstanton and Hatton’s Road, Longstanton.

Following long and detailed negotiations between the legal teams of both Gallagher and the local planning authority, South Cambridgeshire District Council, terms for the provision of affordable housing, contributions towards education and community facilities, etc. were agreed through a Section 106 agreement in March this year. The total of £30million equates to £20,000 for each house built on Phase 1. A further commitment of £41million by the developers of Phase 1 [just 15% of the total homes to be built at Northstowe] represents 25% of the overall cost of work which will benefit the whole town. This will cover landscaping, roads, utilities and new reservoirs to create a water park.

Gallagher are now working towards discharging the pre-commencement conditions attached to the permission. The councillors from both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council who make up the Northstowe Joint Development Control Committee [NJDCC] have shown themselves to be very detail conscious when being asked to approve such applications. There has been widespread consultation over details of roads as aspirations are for Northstowe to prove exemplar in its encouragement of modes of transport other than the car.

The first occupations are scheduled for early 2016 as is completion of the primary school. It is anticipated that the school will take its first pupils for the Easter term of 2016.

Whilst Phase 1 progresses without any requirement for the upgrade to the A14, Phase 2 cannot proceed without this. The outline application for Phase 2 has now been submitted by the Homes and Communities Agency and will include 3,500 homes, 2 primary schools, a secondary school and town centre. In line with the work on the A14, the first houses on this part of the development will not be available until around 2019. The NJDCC will consider the application around summer time next year. Meanwhile it is subject to a public consultation. Details of the application and consultation: http://bit.ly/1roa9DW

….to be continued…

keepmoatIt has been a busy few weeks in New Homes as we’ve been working on launching Keepmoat Homes’ newest site in Colville Road, Cherry Hinton. The whole of the first phase was reserved in the first week of marketing and we have already registered the details of a number of interested parties for the exciting second phase, due to be released at Christmas.

Colville Road was the fourth of Keepmoat’s sites that we have launched, the others being at Barnwell Road, Latimer Road and Stanesfield Road. We are pleased to announce that Colville Road is not the last venture that Keepmoat are taking on; in fact they are releasing a number of new sites in and around Cambridge over the next few months.

This is Keepmoat’s first time in Cambridge, having mainly worked further north. They are building to a great specification and are including PV panels and garden sheds as standard. The most important factor for most buyers is the price – Keepmoat certainly do not disappoint in this department. All properties have been priced realistically and in line with current market conditions, resulting in phases being fully reserved very soon after launch.

New Homes are very excited to be working with Keepmoat in their future developments and are sure we can help you find the perfect brand new home for you and your family.

HH Cover - blog and mailchimpTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some fantastic properties featured in this month’s edition, including a beautiful four bedroom detached house with outbuilding on page 5. If modern city living is more appealing, the two double bedroom apartment on page 20 may be of more interest. There is also a selection of prime London property, courtesy of John D Wood and Co., on pages 28 and 29.

In addition to our property pages, you’ll find our Market View, which is all about Ely vs Cambridge – how do you think they compare?

The regular feature from Cambridge Cookery School on page 22 with their recipe of the month, a Vanilla Panna Cotta served with late summer berries – why not try picking your own? Also featured in this month’s edition is The Chequers free house pub in Cottenham. We would definitely recommend a visit to try one of their authentic Italian pizzas.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

HH cover - thumbTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some beautiful properties featured in this month’s edition, including a charming three bedroom cottage on page 7 and a modern, very well-presented, detached family house in Cherry Hinton on page 16.

Turn to page 12 to read our latest Market View, where among other things you’ll find out the increase in average house prices in Cambridge and the surrounding villages in the last year.

Cambridge Cookery School offer a great way to occupy some of your kids’ free time over the school holidays with their classes dedicated to youngsters, including Five Family Suppers and Baking Sessions. You can then test their newly acquired skills with the Jammie Dodgers recipe.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

GogsA great day was enjoyed by all at the annual Gog Magog Golf Club Charity Day on Sunday with glorious sunshine, blue skies and a light breeze. ‎Ideal golfing conditions brought with it sizeable support with around 40 teams of 4 participating in the day.

TuckerGardner were a major sponsor, once again contributing and supporting a local cause and charity. The day raised around £14,000 for ‎Blue Smile and East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).‎ ‎

The winning score of 94 points was also rather impressive. Team TG finished in the top half of the field. Not good enough. Roll on Charity Day 2015!

we want you 1A people person, organised, flexible, professional, team player… sound like you? If the answer is yes, you could be just who we are looking for.

We currently require a receptionist for our busy Cambridge office. The role involves working with staff of all levels of the organisation as well as dealing with external enquiries, both face to face and by telephone/email. You should have a proven track record in customer service along with the ability to be adaptable and to use your initiative. Although primarily a ‘front of house’ role, there is a degree of administration required and you should be prepared to assist your colleagues should the need arise. Initially a temporary position, it is likely to become permanent.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Anna Logan (alogan@tuckergardner.com)

July stats - new flatsWe have some interesting facts for you again this month. For example, did you know that 35% of flats sold in Cambridge City so far this year were new build? This compares with just 11% a decade ago.

Also, you may have seen in the news recently that houses in Cambridge sell faster than in anywhere else in the UK. Our research shows that the average number of days a property was on the market in Cambridge (June 2014 vs. June 2013) reduced by 33%. This may be due to the fact that, during the same time period, the number of properties available for sale in Cambridge fell by 29%.

However, average house prices in Cambridge and the surrounding villages are on the up, with the Land Registry showing a 10.3% increase in the price of homes sold between March and May this year compared to the same period a year ago. We also found that between January and May this year there were 85% more homes sold in Cambridge for over £1 million than during the same period last year.

July market viewYou may have already seen the first instalment of our new regular feature, Market View, in this month’s HouseHunter magazine. Each month there will be new and (hopefully!) interesting facts and stats on the local and national property market.

For example, did you know that only 3% of the total sales in Cambridge were bought with a Help to Buy loan since April 2013? Or that there has been a 49% increase in average house prices in Cambridge and the surrounding villages in the last ten years, outperforming the East of England and national average?

You don’t have to wait until our HouseHunter is published – keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for sneak peeks of some of the next month’s data.