New council housing in Queen Edith's and Cherry Hinton moves a step closer

News release from 13 June 2017, 5:11pm

TWO sites owned by Cambridge City Council will be developed to provide much-needed new council homes, if proposals to apply for planning application are approved.

The first site at Queen’s Meadow in Cherry Hinton ward would see three new one-bedroom flats built, while the second site at Hills Avenue in Queen Edith’s ward would see a new three-bedroom council house built.

The sites which would be developed are both on land attached to existing council homes there.

The proposals are part of an ongoing programme to develop housing on a number of small sites owned by the council, including garages and garden areas at other council-owned properties.

The council has built 213 new homes since 2010, and a further 141 will be completed this year. 

As part of the recent devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the city council negotiated a grant of £70m from the government to build new council homes. Part of this grant, along with Right To Buy receipts and a percentage of council reserves will be used to fund these two and future projects.

Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “Proposals like these in Cherry Hinton and Queen Edith’s, and similar projects on small parcels of land, aim to make the most of various council-owned sites, by building attractive and sustainable new council homes.

“Providing more council housing to help meet the high need for affordable homes in Cambridge, remains a core priority for the council in the face of ongoing pressures such as high market rents and the government’s Right To Buy scheme.”

Councillors will discuss the reports’ recommendations for progression of the two schemes at the Housing Scrutiny Committee meeting on 20 June.