Cherry Hinton North Design Code & Play Strategy

Bellway Latimer / Cambridge, UK

The Land North of Cherry Hinton (LNCH) in East Cambridge exemplifies innovative urban development by seamlessly integrating sustainability, community wellbeing, and modern living.

The Cherry Hinton North Design Code champions this vision, ensuring an environmentally-conscious approach to development and a community-centred ethos. A ground-breaking feature is the thoughtful design of play spaces, which merge with natural elements to encourage biophilic interactions.

The Design Code prioritises green transportation, focusing on pedestrian and cyclist experiences through tree-lined, slow-speed streets. The project’s emphasis on “Living Infrastructure” resonates throughout, promoting the intertwining of public spaces, resources, and nature. Homes are designed with energy efficiency in mind, emphasising natural light, ventilation, and the use of sustainable materials.

Furthermore, with provisions like electric vehicle charging points, community recycling, and spaces that foster biodiversity, Cherry Hinton North sets itself apart as a vanguard of sustainable urban planning. Described as an exemplar document by planners and officials alike, the LNCH Design Code sets a gold standard for forward-thinking urban development.

The Design Code won in the ‘Excellence in Landscape Planning and Assessment’ category at the 2023 Landscape Institute Awards.



Site Area

75 ha


  • Community Engagement
  • Cycleways
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Play Space
  • Open Space
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Regeneration
  • Streetscape
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems [SUDS]
  • Wetland and Lake Design


  • Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Woods Hardwick
  • Strutt and Parker
  • JSP Sustainability
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