An update on recent developments in the Hamptons
The development of the next coffee shop, pub and retirement complex being built between Aldi and the new junction onto the A15 near Vivacity Premiere Gym is expected to be granted planning permission shortly. Contractors have already been on site to gear up for their works.
McCarthy & Stone delivers high quality retirement complexes across the country. Each development is individual and designed to reflect their individual location and the specific needs of the local community. Of the 45 apartments that will be provided within the McCarthy & Stone retirement development on Hampton Avenue, there will be 24 one bedroomed apartments and 21 two bedroomed apartments. There will also be the inclusion of a communal lounge, a buggy store and an office for the estate manager. There is also a guest suite provided on the third floor to accommodate family, friends and visitors on a first come first served basis.
Greene King is planning to build a Farmhouse Inn next door. Farmhouse Inns is a restaurant-led brand (there are no dedicated drinking areas, sport or loud music) with an emphasis on Great British Food. The building will provide relaxed dining areas, a bar and more formal restaurant area. There will also be provision of a safe area for children to play in.
The new Costa will be a drive thru coffee shop, providing hot and cold drinks and snacks to eat in or take away. The coffee shop will provide the same range of drinks and snacks to both people walking to the restaurant as those who use the drive thru.
The new junction off Hampton Avenue is progressing well and O&H Hampton is aiming to have it open before the end of this year.
Roger Tallowin explains that O&H has arranged for as much work as possible to be done without disturbance to the existing A15 carriageway, but eventually traffic lights will be needed to install the new ‘toucan’ style crossing which is an addition to the two existing ones at Clayburn way. A toucan crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing that also allows bicycles to be ridden across, and gets its name because ‘two can’ cross together, both pedestrians and cyclists.
The new layout will enable safer crossing of the A15 by pedestrians and cyclists heading between the two secondary schools or from the new Hampton Gardens village to the centre.
The City Council’s contractors working on the new Hampton Gardens secondary school have also been progressing well with the deep drainage which they are bringing across the A15.
Residents gather for Hamptons community update
More than 80 residents gathered at Hampton College on 5 July for an update from O&H Hampton on the latest developments in the Hamptons.
Roger Tallowin, general manager at O&H Hampton, and his colleague Jeff Manners brought welcome news: the imminent opening of the new Krispy Kreme outlet, a Costa drive-thru and a new Greene King Farmhouse Inn.
New homes sites are coming on fast too.
Cala Homes should open the show homes at The Mallards development in Hampton Vale at the end of July. The first homes at Abbey Homes’ Cumberland Place 130 home development on Hampton Avenue in the town centre are now occupied. And McCarthy and Stone is planning to build 45 retirement homes nearby.
Across the A15, in the area now known as Hamptons East, a series of new villages are also taking shape.
Anyone heading south on the A15 will see construction progressing well on the new Hampton Gardens secondary school which will open in September 2017. Helen Price, executive headteacher of Hampton College, showed everyone the latest designs and features including popular outside dining area and amphitheatre.
The new secondary school will primarily take students from the new homes in Hamptons East and Yaxley, but does provide additional school place capacity for the existing Hampton villages and will share a sixth form with Hampton College.
Helen Price also shared the Hampton Academies Trust’s thinking and plans to prepare a Free School bid to open a new primary school in Hampton East in 2019. “The Trust’s aim is to ensure there are sufficient school places for primary age children, as the three current primary schools in the Hamptons are all full,” she said. Local families will be surveyed for their views and support for the bid over coming months.
Next to Hampton Gardens School, Persimmon Homes has submitted a planning application for 869 homes. Roger Tallowin gave his prediction that, once planning is granted and Persimmon has completed on the purchase of the land, work on roads and homes could start in September – which may mean the first new homes available next summer.
A bit further south, in Hampton Water, O&H Hampton is progressing well with its plans for a new tree-lined avenue and parkland area including cricket pitch. The first area for 275 new homes there is being negotiated and designed too.
Roger Tallowin answered a wide range of questions and closed the meeting with a reminder of the many ways in which local residents can help to promote the Hamptons, including by contributing to the Wikipedia page and using the #Hamptons hashtag on Twitter and other social media posts.
Construction progressing on Hampton Gardens School
Education has never been more important to a child’s chances of success in life. Hampton’s excellent school provision is a key reason why many families choose to live here - and it’s set to get even better.
Construction work began in January on the new Hampton Gardens secondary school, which will ultimately cater for 1,500 11-19 year-olds from the Hamptons and Yaxley.
Hampton Gardens breaks new ground as the first Hamptons school not designed and built by O&H Hampton. Instead, it’s a joint project between Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and is being built by Carillion, a construction firm which has worked on a number local schools including the City of Peterborough Academy.
The school will serve the new villages planned for Hampton East and provide additional places for children in the existing Hamptons area and in Yaxley.
Following the precedent set by O&H Hampton when they created Hampton College, the first Hamptons secondary school, the new school is planned to have outstanding facilities designed with the community in mind.
O& H Hampton intentionally set the bar high for school design in the Hamptons. The high-quality facilities at Hampton College, which O&H Hampton completed in 2005, including a 200-seater amphitheatre and central square graced by a David Nash artwork, were intended as community assets.
Community to benefit from facilities
The new school, covering almost 10 hectares of land off the Clayburn Road junction, east of the A15, will have an all-weather sports pitch and multi-games area, amphitheatre, Learning Resource Centre, dance and drama studios and a range of well-equipped science laboratories including a specialist 'show lab'.
The building has been designed to provide good access to main facilities outside school hours and, says the new school website, “there will be plenty of opportunity for the community to benefit from the excellent facilities”.
Hampton Gardens also plans to match the high educational and behavioural standards reached by Hampton College, which has been rated as Good or Outstanding in its previous three OFSTED inspections. Like Hampton College, it will be run by Hampton Academies Trust, and be a free school, independent of local authority control.
School numbers will be built up in stages. The first intake, in September 2017, will be 240 Year 7 children (children who are currently in Year 5), and the school will grow by one year group each succeeding year until it reaches full capacity.
If you are a parent, and would like to receive future updates and information about Hampton Gardens, you can register your interest on the new Hampton Gardens website at www.hamptongardens.org.uk/register-interest/ . Registering does not commit you to choosing Hampton Gardens for your child.
New primary schools
The Hamptons already have three excellent primary schools: Hampton Hargate, Hampton Vale and Hampton College Primary, the first two of which were built by O&H Hampton. So far O&H has provided over 23 hectares of prepared land for the Hampton school sites, with more to come.
The planned development of four new villages in Hampton will include building two new primaries, in Hampton Gardens and in Hampton Water.
O&H Hampton general manager Roger Tallowin says these schools will be located at the heart of the new residential neighbourhoods:
“Schools are a vital part of our communities. It has always been our vision for them to play a central role in establishing a focus for social and community activities in the Hamptons.”
Find out more about Hampton Gardens school at www.hamptongardens.org.uk which includes an impressive video graphic showing how the school will be built.