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Homes England, the governmental body overseeing housing and urban revitalization efforts, has unveiled plans to allocate £120,000 in grant funding to support community-driven initiatives

aimed at fostering cohesion and enriching life in Northstowe, a burgeoning town situated north of Cambridge.

The funding, facilitated by Homes England, will be dispersed annually over the span of six years, from 2024 to 2029, with each year earmarking up to £20,000 for community projects. South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) will oversee the administration of this fund on behalf of Homes England.

These grants are intended to bolster projects directly benefiting Northstowe residents, enhancing community vibrancy, and facilitating resident engagement. Eligible initiatives may encompass endeavors promoting access to arts and cultural endeavors, advancing environmental sustainability, and encouraging utilization of community amenities within Northstowe.

Matthew Brown, head of large sites at Homes England, emphasized the significance of nurturing connections and a sense of belonging in the creation of new urban spaces, particularly amidst substantial developments like Northstowe. Brown expressed enthusiasm for the prospect of collaborating with SCDC to support projects enriching community cohesion and quality of life as Northstowe continues its evolution and expansion in the years ahead.

Despite Northstowe's status as an emerging town, poised to accommodate an estimated 25,000 residents over the next two decades, it already boasts a diverse and vibrant community. With over 3,000 current residents, the town hosts various community and faith groups, alongside a proactive Town Council.

Existing amenities such as the Western Park Sports Pavilion, The Cabin community center, a community orchard, allotments, and a weekly market contribute to Northstowe's burgeoning appeal. Cllr Bill Handley, Lead Cabinet Member for Communities at South Cambridgeshire District Council, hailed Northstowe as an exceptional place to live and anticipates the grant funding to support larger-scale community endeavors, further enhancing the town's allure and communal spirit.

The application process for the Northstowe Community Activation Grant Fund is now open, inviting eligible organizations to submit proposals year-round. More information and application details can be accessed via the SCDC website.

About Northstowe: Northstowe, situated eight miles northwest of Cambridge City, represents a significant residential-led development project. Phases 2 and 3 of its development are overseen by Homes England, with plans to accommodate approximately 25,000 residents over the next two decades through the construction of 10,000 new homes and various community facilities.

About Homes England: Homes England is the governmental agency tasked with spearheading housing and urban regeneration initiatives. Dedicated to fostering the creation of affordable, high-quality homes in well-designed communities, Homes England leverages its resources and influence to drive investment and facilitate the construction of quality housing across the UK.