Sense Of Community Leads To A New Home In Wintringham

Posted 13 January 2021 by Keith Osborne

A family quickly knew what their perfect house would be in a big new development close to their home town of St Neots...

Having been living in St Neots since the age of 11, 46-year-old Paul Leigh did not want to move from the town he loved when he and his family were looking for a new, larger home.

“Over time, you get to know a lot of people,” he said, “plus my parents and brother are here; my wife’s family are here, too. From a lifestyle perspective it’s perfect, with plenty of independent cafés and access to nature, which was another reason why we were determined to find something nearby.”

On taking a look at properties in Wintringham, a new community from master developer Urban&Civic taking shape in St Neots, he, his wife Julie and their three children Darcy, Harrison and Travis, instantly knew that one of the new builds they saw was ‘the one’.

“We fell in love with the home as soon as we saw it. It’s spacious and there is so much storage space – an absolute must for a big family like ours. Our home also comes with a double garage and a large drive, so we don’t need to worry about parking, which is a great advantage.”

But it wasn’t just the house itself that’s won them over.

Paul continued: “Wintringham feels like a real community. There’s plenty of grass; it’s not just lone houses with a path on the doorstep, and you see trees everywhere. We know that many facilities are going to be created in the coming years, which is definitely a plus – we’re planning to stay here for the long-term.”

Wintringham is a major new mixed-use development that will provide 2,800 new homes, up to 63,000m² of employment space and a range of ecological benefits.

Once they’ve moved to Wintringham, the Leigh family will still be a stone’s throw from St Neots town centre.

“We have so many favourite places in St Neots,” says Paul. “Bohemia Café serves absolutely gorgeous food – always beautifully presented and fresh, worth every penny. Ambiance Café is our go-to spot for a full English breakfast; we also like going to Art & Soul every now and again. St Neots is full of small independent places, and that’s one of the things we love about it.”

Despite working from home, Paul was pleased to learn that his new home is just a short walk from St Neots train station, the A1 and A428. Julie, who works in Eaton Socon, also in St Neots, will enjoy a five-minute drive to work, while Darcy will be able to continue walking to school. The family are counting down the days until they can move into their new home at Wintringham. “Nothing like that has been built in St Neots before, it’s just so nice and well thought-through. We look forward to getting settled and meeting our new neighbours.”

A range of homes are currently available at Wintringham. Morris Homes is building a collection of three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached houses, and CALA Homes is underway in delivering one- and two-bedroom apartments in addition to three-, four- and five-bedroom houses.

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