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Originally from Gurgaon in India, Adil and Gillian Rizvi made the move to Trumpington to support Adil’s career move, alongside their daughters Jessica and Alyssa.
Adil was part of the Indian Air Force for eight years, before becoming a Commercial Pilot for an additional 14 years and moving to the UK to work for Ryanair in 2019.
Looking for a home near Stanstead airport and local schools, the family considered Chelmsford, Chesham and Cambridge. Having visited several towns, they immediately narrowed their search to Trumpington after seeing a number of houses there.
Gillian said, “We liked the new build properties, local amenities within the community and the fact that the park and ride makes everything, including schools and the city centre, within easy reach.”
Having discovered a close-knit and well-maintained community the family bought a 4 bed house from Barratt Homes making Trumpington Meadows their permanent home after just four months of renting.
Set within an expansive 148-acre country park, which covers 80% of the 1,200 home development, Trumpington Meadows offers a breath of fresh air for those looking to strike a perfect work-life balance.
The development, which completed its first homes in 2012 was designed to provide ‘greener’ way of life. As well as being set within parkland, providing allotments and direct access to a nature reserve along the River Cam, 10% of the community’s energy is delivered through solar panels on every roof.
A site-wide design code led by Grosvenor ensure that the homes delivered are of high quality and fit well into the Cambridge townscape and surroundings. Features introduced by Barratt maximise natural daylight as well as south facing facades.
Gillian added: “the fact that the meadows are on our doorstep and the kids can cycle around safely is a big positive for us – especially during lockdown when we could make the most of the green space on our doorstep.”
Adil and Gillian also highlighted the strong sense of community. Since settling in Trumpington, Gillian has become an active member of the Trumping Meadows Delivery and Action Group - bringing residents together to grow that community feeling and develop deeper understandings between the many countries and cultures represented across the neighbourhood.
These include brining locally run food trucks to Trumpington’s village centre, celebrating the recent anniversary of the country park, hosting Sunday markets and celebrating Chinese New Year.
Master developers Grosvenor and housebuilder Barratts remain a long-term part of the community 10 years after the first houses were delivered – “We are grateful to Grosvenor and Barratt Homes for their ongoing support for our events and community building work” Gillian added.