Alconbury Weald has been designed with health and wellbeing at its core, and has been working with health partners from day one to build healthy and active lifestyles. The design includes homes to all be within 400m of bus stops and green spaces, and within 800m of local shops and facilities.
Alconbury Weald is designed on Active Design principles, and is cited as a best practice case study by Sport England for its design layout, and for the way its been implemented, including homes being designed to all be within 400m of bus stops and green spaces, and within 800m to local shops and facilities.
The design includes woodland walks and cycle routes which mean people can walk and cycle safely away from the roads to reach key destinations on site. It reflects the “10 minute neighbourhood” concept: when everything you need is no more than a 10 minute walk or cycle away.
Research shows that people live longer if they maintain an average step count of 8-10,000 steps a day – 6-8,000 for the over 60s.
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Active New Communities
Since 2018, the developers of Alconbury Weald, Urban&Civic, have been working with Cambridgeshire health and activity partners in the Active New Communities project. The programme is part of the wider commitment to deliver Healthy New places working with local and national partners, and involves a partnership with Living Sport to encourage new residents moving into a development to get into positive and active new routines when they move home.
The scheme has supported a number of Activity Days to introduce people to the types of sports and activities on their doorstep, and supporting the walking, running and netball groups to establish themselves: with advice, support, funding and training. The partners continue to support the future development of sport provision and work with the Community Team to ensure a diverse mix of sports and activity available.