New council homes on Anstey Way move a step closer

News release from 13 December 2017, 1:31pm

A £10 million scheme to provide 54 much needed new council homes on Anstey Way in Trumpington has taken a major step forward, as clearance work on the site has begun and a planning application is set to be submitted later this month.

The scheme will, subject to planning permission, see 54 new council homes built to replace 28 properties of which 23 were let to council tenants and included an existing block of flats and a number of small bungalows. Due to their age and layout, some had been hard to let.

The redevelopment is being funded by a combination of reserves, Right To Buy receipts and money from the £70 million granted to the council by the government, as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal.

The scheme will be led by Cambridge Investment Partnership, a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships.

The new homes will include a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes, with 12 apartments for residents aged over 55.

Cllr Kevin Price, the city council’s Executive Councillor for Housing who also sits on the CIP Board, said: “Building new council homes is a priority for the council and I am delighted to see this site coming forward through the Cambridge Investment Partnership.

“As well as re-providing the 23 rented properties, this site will help with our plans to build an additional 500 new council homes in the next four years.

“Our new build strategy includes redeveloping existing sites to provide modern sustainable and truly affordable homes, alongside building homes on larger sites, smaller parcels of land and replacing garages that are no longer being used.

“These 54 new council homes at Anstey Way will provide those on our Housing Needs Register with the high quality homes that they deserve and will help us tackle the housing affordability crisis in the city.”

A planning application will be submitted this month and considered by Planning Committee in early 2018. The enabling works on site, including the demolition of the existing buildings, have started and the construction of the new buildings will commence once planning approval has been received.