Half of all seven year-olds in the UK fail to exercise enough, according to a study by University College London. While many parents encourage children to swap their smartphones and computers for the great outdoors, easy access to safe green space can be difficult — one reason why families relocate from the capital to the commuter belt.
A 45-minute commute to London combined with well-regarded schools and a lively cultural scene makes cosmopolitan Cambridge a popular choice.
A new “settlement” built around a 120-acre country park on the city’s outskirts, Great Kneighton, pictured, offers clusters of low-rise housing that border woodland, ponds, allotments, playing fields and adventure playgrounds, and beyond these is the green belt.
“Kids can get involved in organised sports or simply explore nature,” says Tony Travers, managing director of developer Countryside Properties. “We also aim to make it easy for people to make journeys on foot or by bicycle. Primary and secondary schools are planned and children will be able to walk to the classrooms.”
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