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New homes prompt parish baby boom

A parish in Cambridgeshire has a birth rate nearly twice the national average, latest figures show.

Cambourne, near Cambridge, had a rate of 24.1 births per 1,000 people in 2007, according to the Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group.

More than 4,000 homes, a supermarket and business park have been built and population in the area has risen to more than 7,500 in recent years.

The birth rate is higher than in India, China, Brazil and Indonesia.

The average birth rate in the UK is 12.1 births per 1,000 people.

"The parish is made up of five villages, including Bourn," said a spokesman.

"But one is the new development of Cambourne, which some people would think of as a small town.

"Cambourne has a high percentage of young couples and, not surprisingly, its population has grown quickly since it was founded a decade ago."

Coincidentally, the village of Bourn is also home to one of the UK's best-known fertility clinics - the Bourn Hall Clinic.

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