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Peterborough Unitary Authority Area shown within Cambridgeshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district|
|• Governing body||Peterborough City Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and Cabinet|
|• MPs||Stewart Jackson (Con)|
Shailesh Vara (Con)
|• Total||132.58 sq mi (343.38 km2)|
|• Ethnicity||82.5% White|
|Time zone||UTC±0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||00JA (ONS)|
|OS grid reference||TL185998|
Even though it is part of Northamptonshire, for ceremonial purposes it is inside the county of Cambridgeshire. The city is 75 miles (121 km) north of London. It is on the River Nene which flows into the North Sea, about 30 miles (48 km) to the north-east.
The railway station is an important stop on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh. The local government area includes Northamptonshire and Rutland to the west, Lincolnshire to the north, and non-metropolitan Cambridgeshire to the south and east.
Human settlement began before the Bronze Age, as seen at the Flag Fen archaeological site to the east. There is also evidence of Roman occupation. In the Anglo-Saxon English period of time, a monastery, Medeshamstede was built. This later became Peterborough Cathedral.
After World War II, the city did not grow much, until the 1960s. Peterborough was named a "New Town" in 1967, by the government. This was part of the New Towns Act of 1946. It planned new towns to move people into better homes, who were still living in poor or bombed-out housing from the war.
Because the city is still getting larger, the city council has passed a law for a new development plan. This is to add an additional 22,000 homes, 18,000 jobs and over 40,000 people who will live in Peterborough by 2020. The newly developing Hampton township will be finished. There will also be a 1,500-homes built in Stanground, and a 1,200-homes built in Paston.
Parnwell is a housing estate in the east of the city. Situated off Parnwell Way, it is easily accessible using the Frank Perkins Way (A1139). It is served by a convenience store at the Parnwell Centre and has a Sure Start Centre and a health centre.
The local primary school is Parnwell Primary School, which was opened in 1989 to serve children from 4 to 11 years. Children over this age may choose to attend the City of Peterborough Academy (COPA), Thomas Deacon Academy or the Stanground Academy.
- Beckett, John V. City Status in the British Isles, 1830–2002 (p.14) Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, 2005. Retrieved 14 June 2015
- Grant of arms by letters patent sealed by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms dated 6 September 1960.
- Grinnell, Paul (29 January 2014). "Population growth rate is fastest in UK but Peterborough people are not that happy - report". Peterborough Telegraph. http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/politics/politics-news/population-growth-rate-is-fastest-in-uk-but-peterborough-people-are-not-that-happy-report-1-5842936. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Peterborough Local Plan (First Replacement)[dead link] Peterborough City Council, July 2005. retrieved 14 June 2015