Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire is a county in the East of England. It borders Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The centre of Cambridgeshire is Cambridge, which has one of the largest populations in the country with just over 100,000 people living there. If you are looking for an area that has good schools and universities within reach then this could be what you are looking for!

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Peterborough Cathedral

Where is Cambridgeshire?

Cambridgeshire is located in the East of England that is around two hours away from London. It is bordered by Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Areas in Cambridgeshire

The county of Cambridgeshire is made up of several districts including Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire.

Some of the most popular areas for new homebuyers include Cambridge, St Neots and Huntingdon.

Cambridge – Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, this area is one of the best places in Cambridgeshire for education opportunities not just within universities but also at secondary level with a number of top-notch grammar and private schools. It’s also an extremely popular tourist destination due to its world-famous colleges, bridges and punting on the River Cam.

Huntingdon – A town of around 37,000 people is located near to Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. The town was once an important river crossing on the Great Ouse River which allowed access into East Anglia from Ancient Britain through this region.

St Neots – This area around 30 minutes outside of Cambridge is popular for its mix of town and country living. There are a number of schools in the area as well as good transport links to Cambridge and London.

Saffron Walden – A market town in the north of Cambridgeshire, this is an area popular with families because of its many amenities and good schools.  The town has a number of independent schools as well as two grammar schools. 

Cambridge Market

Fulbourn – This village located to the southeast of Cambridge is home to around 6000 people. It offers good access to the city but is also quite convenient for London.

Linton – Situated just outside of Cambridge, this area has good access to all parts of Cambridgeshire as well as being close enough for commuting into the capital.

Universities in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge is home to the well-known Cambridge University, which has an excellent reputation around the world for its high-quality teaching and research programmes.

The city also hosts Anglia Ruskin University as well as several other colleges with a focus on higher education.

Cambridge University – One of the most recognisable universities in the world, Cambridge University is based in the city of Cambridge. The university has a global reputation for its excellent teaching and research programmes, and is one of the most selective universities in Europe.

Anglia Ruskin University – Based in Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University is a large university with over 29,000 students. The university offers a wide range of courses across three campuses, and has strong links to industry and employers.

Cambridge Regional College – A large further education college with over 20,000 students and three campuses in the Cambridge area, Cambridgeshire Regional College offers vocational courses across a range of areas including engineering, health care, business studies and media.

Top Schools in Cambridgeshire

There are a number of excellent schools located throughout Cambridgeshire, both private and state-funded. Some of the top-rated schools include:

The Perse School – a selective independent school for boys aged 11-18, The Perse School has been ranked as the best school in Cambridgeshire by The Sunday Times.

Cambridge High School – a selective girls grammar school, Cambridge High School has been awarded ‘outstanding’ status from Ofsted and was rated ‘excellent’ for its teaching of English and Maths at GCSE.

STAGGS Independent –  a co-educational, non-denominational school, STAGGS was rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and was the best performing school in Cambridgeshire for pupil progress.

Cambridge Steiner School – an independent Waldorf Steiner School, Cambridge Steiner is a co-educational boarding and day school that provides children with an exceptional education based on academic excellence and a love of learning.

Population of Cambridgeshire.

The Population of Cambridgeshire is around 750,000 people. Cambridge has one of the largest urban populations in the county, due to it being a university town. However, there are other areas with large populations such as Peterborough and Huntingdon which have around 200,000 people combined!

 

Reviews in Cambridgeshire

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the design of the scheme is to be a bit more traditional

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Review Date Jan 2022

The development is located centrally so close to amenities like the shop, butcher, pub and hair dressers. There isn’t really any public transport to the village but it’s very quiet despite being close to the main road. Lots of people park on the road which is disappointing, perhaps a poor design if people don’t want to use their allocated parking slots.

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The scheme is well thought out with space around the houses and the design of the scheme is to be a bit more traditional in its nature than some of the very modern designs. They haven’t sorted out thing like the street lights which don’t turn off at night but that’s more of a maintenance issue than a diagnostic fault

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The sound proofing between the properties isn’t great. I would have asked to upgrade this had I have known

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So far every issues reported has been fixed but you do have to chase them to get a response

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Some building quality issues like a tile missing in the roof

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Review Date Jan 2022

Nice building, thermally efficient an well sound isolated.

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Some building quality issues like a tile missing in the roof. It will be a serious problem in the future. Lending company has been informed but no action has been taken.
Some of the things like kitchen cabinets or latches are very low quality too

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Noisy road beside

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Fast efficient response and satisfactory solutions

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Lots of sunlight during the daytime

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Review Date Jan 2022

The development is within easy reach of the city centre, at a 10 minute walk, and the train station, around 5 minute walk, so accessing local shops or travelling to London are extremely easy.

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The development area is quiet, current building works excepted, and is within easy reach of the city centre and the train station. The house itself is a good size, with plenty of room for a home office. I especially like that the master bedroom occupies the entire top floor, and is therefore separated from the rest of the house. The house has been easy to keep warm through winter, and lets in lots of sunlight during the daytime.

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As a first time buyer, and of a new build, it never occurred to me that the address would be difficult to find for delivery drivers. After a few failed attempts, it became clear that a description of the house and the street were essentially required to help them out.

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A couple of snags were dealt with very quickly, which was appreciated. A later one, which required sending an email, felt less well handled. Although the outcome was such that no work was required, the email was sent at a time when Tilia were “divorcing” Kier Homes, and so it wasn’t clear which email was the correct one. Maybe this is purely situational, and a one off, though.

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Generally pleased, few issues but overall and pleasant development

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Review Date Jan 2022

Road links have been a benefit, shops and facilities in village are also well utilised. Bin storage is an issue where housing association tenants live, as the tend to be blocking footpaths and alleys. Parking, again for other tenants is a problem, people are parking ‘conveniently’ for them but not considering where they are parking, i.e. narrow or blind bends, outside other people’s houses, and not using parking bays assigned to them.

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Overall, I am pleased with the development. Morris homes staff on site have been very helpful in settling into the site and providing support for minor issues that I may have come across. Communications have been reasonable as far as advanced notice of major works has been concerned. Some of the housing association tenants have been ‘ill placed’ and social disturbances have been caused, to combat this further vetting may be required.

The development is well placed in location for access to village facilities, but with historically poor connections to public transport I would have hoped that these may have improved as the site developed, I have not seen evidence of this.

There are some issues with the overall build that I have noted, the HAs sign off process is/was not thorough enough to pick up on or came too soon to realise the issues. Decorating is poor in places, plaster has bee applied in downstairs toilet to areas and not sealed. Filler/sealant around edges or bath/shower, skirting boards, sinks and others has been poorly applied and needs to be corrected. Window in rear small bedroom has been fitted incorrectly and caused a fault which I am trying to get rectified now.

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What was/is planned for the ‘common’ green area on site, still not sure and only have rumours. Concern is for impact on traffic/noise/litter, anti social behaviours, and ultimately price of property as a result.

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As above, managers on the site have been a positive benefit for this development and they have responded to the majority of issues I have raised in a positive way. There have been times where I have raised issues with them and they have directed me to the HA, once contacted the HA have then either referred me back to the site management or other contractors, it does sometimes feel that you’re being passed around so that you forget what it is you’re trying to raise.

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