Greater Cambridge Housing Development Agency (HDA)

The Greater Cambridge Housing Development Agency (HDA) was set up to help manage the delivery of new, affordable homes in sustainable locations across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire – a key factor in ensuring economic growth and quality of life for residents and thereby in supporting local businesses and organisations.

The aim is to deliver 250 new homes per year for the next three to four years, by working with local authority partners, private companies and other organisations across the housing sector. This supports the commitment by Greater Cambridge City Deal to provide 1,000 additional homes and development opportunities, over and above those already set out in the region's local plans.

The agency was formally established in April 2016 by a partnership of three local authorities – Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) and Cambridgeshire County Council – with set-up funding from the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

"Our vision is to provide a leading role in helping local authorities to drive - with pace and certainty - the delivery of affordable housing in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire." – HDA

As the only local development agency with a public service agenda, the HDA will work closely with public sector organisations and private developers to bring together the planning and commercial aspects of housing development to provide a model designed to deliver the right housing, in the right place, at the right time to support growth.

The HDA will manage the spending of the Devolution Housing Grant of £70m to provide at least 500 new social rented homes in the city starting over the next five years.

Key documents

Uphall Road, Cambridge

The redevelopment of an under-occupied garage site in the east of the city which will provide two new homes for social rent. The site is being project managed by the HDA with the construction works being contracted out to the City Council's Direct Labour Organisation (DLO).

This is a pilot scheme of working between the two teams with the vision that we can continue to build more new homes using Cambridge City Council's own labour force.

Park Street car park, Cambridge

On the 12 October 2015 the Leader of the Council supported the redevelopment of Park Street car park to incorporate a 250 space underground car park and an above ground mixed development of housing, cycle parking and the option for commercial rental space.

The project is in the early stages with no planning application submitted yet. For more information please contact either Sabrina Walston or Mark Wilson. 

Pampisford Road, Great Abington

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) and Hill Residential are about to enter into contract with one another to start on site on a scheme of 20 new homes situated off Pampisford Road Great Abington.

This new development has been championed by both Little and Great Abington Parish Council's and local residents who initially identified the land and worked closely with the developer to bring a successful planning application forward.

SCDC will purchase and manage the eight affordable homes on the site, comprising flats, houses and bungalows as a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership homes.


SCDC are working with the local housing developer Beechdale Homes on a site at Woodside, Longstanton and will be taking ownership and management of the three affordable rented homes.

Planning has been granted and we await the Section 106 before the developer starts building works.

Completed projects

Virido, Cambridge


This scheme is a partnership between Hill Residential and Cambridge City Council located on Clay Farm in the south of the city. The City Council have commenced lettings, as well as the marketing of shared ownership units, following the first phase of completions in early June 2017.  The scheme, once completed in late summer 2017, will provide a total of 104 affordable homes (including 26 shared ownership properties) and 104 private homes.

The scheme includes many ‘sustainable’ features such as rainwater harvesting, photovoltaics, triple glazed windows and around 500 varieties of plant species, to name just a few features.

Chalk Hill, Foxton

South Cambridgeshire District Council completed a rural exception site scheme of 15 affordable rented homes in January 2017 called Chalk Hill in Foxton. This scheme is of exemplar design, and was built out using a formal partnering contract with the contractor Burmor.

Scholar’s Court, Cambridge

Cambridge City Council purchased the Section 106 affordable housing element of this new development from the joint venture between Homerton College and Hill Residential.

Located just off Hills Road, the development is within easy walking and cycling distance of the city centre and the train station and provides 39 one, two and three bed flats for social rent and shared ownership buyers.

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