Families ready to move in to new council homes on Uphall Road
News release from 5 February 2018, 11:26am
NEW tenants are set to move in this week to two new council homes constructed by Cambridge City Council employees and apprentices on Uphall Road.
The two properties are being let to families who have been on the council’s housing waiting list, and who will rent their homes directly from the council.
The semi-detached three bedroom houses have been built on a site that was previously occupied by 15 garages.
Both houses have high levels of energy efficiency with solar panels fitted to the roof and insulation that will help to reduce the tenants’ electricity bills.
These were the first homes that the council’s own carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and apprentices had worked on for many years, and following their successful completion the council is looking to build more of its own homes in this way in the future.
The Uphall Road development forms part of an ongoing programme to build council housing on small council-owned sites around Cambridge.
Small-scale, in-fill housing developments such as Uphall Road can be less commercially appealing to developers, which means that the council has the opportunity to be able to step in and do the work itself.
Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “I am delighted that our tenants are moving into their new council homes in Uphall Road this week.
“Our staff have shown their skills in building two very attractive homes, which I hope will provide the two families with many years of enjoyment and security.
“Building high quality and energy efficient new council homes on smaller plots like Uphall Road is one of the innovative ways we are looking to address the severe shortfall of affordable homes in Cambridge.”
As part of the devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough agreed with the government, the council negotiated a grant of £70m from the government to build 500 new council homes. Part of this grant, along with Right To Buy receipts, will be used to pay for the new homes in the coming years.