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New council homes being built on former garage sites

News release from 08/02/2019

TWO former garage sites owned by Cambridge City Council are being developed to provide much needed new council housing.

A site at Nuns Way in King’s Hedges will see six new two-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom house built, while a further three two-bedroom houses will be built at Wiles Close, also in King’s Hedges.

The sites were occupied by council-owned garages until last year and were identified as potential sites for housing as part of an ongoing programme to provide council homes on land owned by the council and other public bodies.

The new homes will be let as secure council tenancies. As part of the devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough agreed with the government, the council negotiated a grant of £70m to build 500 new council homes. Part of this grant, along with Right To Buy receipts, will be used to fund the two projects.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “We want to make best use of a number of smaller sites like these at Nuns Way and Wiles Close to build new council homes.

“Every council home we build benefits another individual or family waiting on our Housing Needs Register. It also contributes to our effort to tackle the severe shortage of affordable homes in Cambridge.

“We will use all the means at our disposal to ensure we can provide people in need with the modern and affordable homes they deserve.”

Planning permission for both sites was granted in 2017 and the homes at both Nuns Way and Wiles Close are being built by Marfleet and Blyth, with expected completion in the late summer or early autumn of this year.

The council’s approach to providing new council homes includes redeveloping existing sites to provide sustainable, modern and affordable homes as well as building homes on larger sites, smaller parcels of land and replacing garages that are no longer being used.

Housing is also earmarked for the Ridgeons site off Cromwell Road while smaller housing developments are planned at Kendal Way, Queen’s Meadow, Markham Close, Gunhild Way, Tedder Way and Kingsway Medical Centre.