Cambridge City Council gives green light for 270-home development

Out-Law News | 10 Jun 2014 | 5:31 pm |

Cambridge City Council has given The Bell Educational Trust Limited and a joint-venture between housebuilder Hill Residential and housing association BPHA permission to start work on a £130 million housing development on fields to the south of Cambridge.

Proposals for the 7.8 hectare site, adjacent to the Bell Language School, include 270 new homes to be built, 108 of which will be affordable. The site will also contain public open space, footpaths and cycleways as well as accommodation for 100 students, under the plans.

The council granted building control approval on 2 June, following the approval of a reserved matters application in April. Outline approval for up to 347 residential units at the site was initially granted in June 2008 but plans were later amended to provide a smaller number of units including more family homes.

BPHA will manage retirement housing at the site.

“This is a landmark decision on a key site in Cambridge and we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop this new community", said Rob Hall, development director for Hill Residential, according to a report in the Estates Gazette.

“Our main ambition is to create somewhere people not only want to live, but one which will also be an integral part of the existing community", said Hall. "The development will include green open spaces with public access by foot and cycle paths which all the local residents will be able to enjoy.”

Work at the site is expected to commence immediately.