SIGNIFICANT progress is being made on building 182 new homes, 50% of them new council homes, at the former Mill Road Depot site.
The development, now known as ‘Ironworks’ is the first mixed tenure housing scheme being delivered by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) – a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships – and forms a significant part of plans to build more than 500 new council homes in Cambridge.
Following a complex demolition and remediation period at the Mill Road site after it was vacated by the council last summer, the construction phase for the scheme commenced in January. The first bricks have now been laid for the show home and sales unit, which is due to open early autumn this year.
Initial work on the development’s six apartment blocks is now also under way, along with work on town houses, mains services, drainage and road infrastructure. The first homes are scheduled to be completed and available by spring 2020.
The first phase of the regeneration of the Mill Road site will deliver 182 new homes - 50% for council rent and 50% private housing.
A planning application for the development of the front of the site to deliver a further 50 homes – of which half will be new council homes – and a new purpose built community centre was made in February 2019. Subject to planning, works on this part of the site will commence in the summer.
The new council homes at the Mill Road site will contribute significantly towards the council’s overall programme to build at least 500 new council homes using the £70m secured in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal, as well as its own funding.
Work to build more new council homes and other housing at another major site in nearby Cromwell Road will start soon, while work continues on building new council homes at a number of sites including at Anstey Way in Trumpington. Work is now well under way at Anstey Way to build 56 new council apartments to replace the ageing council homes which had previously been on the site.
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “It is very exciting to see the Ironworks site at Mill Road starting to take shape. When complete this will provide sustainable, high-quality new council homes of the sort that Cambridge has been crying out for, along with a variety of other homes for private ownership.
“Building council homes remains an absolute priority for the council, and this development being delivered by Cambridge Investment Partnership will play a major part in helping us achieve our goal of 500 new homes for Cambridge people.
“As well as the larger developments at Mill Road and the former Ridgeons site on Cromwell Road, we are continuing to explore and develop smaller plots of council-owned land to provide a variety of truly affordable properties that give people the security and stability they deserve.”