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Cambridge Investment Partnership consults local community on new low carbon council homes

News statement from 16 December 2020

Residents are being invited to take part in the public consultation to develop two new sites for much needed council homes.

They are being developed by Cambridge Investment Partnership for consideration by the Housing Scrutiny Committee in January. These sites form part of Cambridge City Council’s programme to provide new homes in the city.

The two sites, purchased by Cambridge City Council earlier this year, are located at 71-73 Fen Road, East Chesterton, currently not in use but accommodating two existing single storey buildings, which are in a poor state of repair and were previously used as an assisted living facility and Ditton Walk in the Abbey Ward of the city.

The proposed housing scheme at Fen Road will provide 12 low carbon new council homes and create a new, safe and green access for walking and cycling to the Five Trees open space, which will be preserved in its entirety, helping the local community to enjoy this space.

The new homes will be certified ‘Passivhaus’, meeting very high standards of environmental sustainability, meaning all the homes will have very low energy use and heating costs. There will also be parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points and generous provision for new cycle parking. This well positioned site will provide easy access to the city centre and other amenities for local residents.

At Ditton Walk, Cambridge Investment Partnership is proposing to provide six low carbon new council homes, also ‘Passivhaus’ with parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points, secure cycle parking for every home and new trees and planting provided in front on the new homes on Ditton Walk.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council and CIP board member said, “These proposed homes form part of our vision to create highly sustainable, successful new places for local people to live in Cambridge. We are also committed to achieving the highest environmental standards for our new homes, with all future developments being gas-free and these proposals marking the Council’s first ‘Passivhaus’ developments and the largest Passivhaus scheme in Cambridge to date.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director for Hill comments, “It’s a really exciting time for the Partnership as we develop these new proposals for our low carbon council homes. The public online consultation for Fen Road is now open and we urge the local community to visit the website and view the proposals. We are also hosting live webinar for this project on Wednesday evening where you can find out more about these proposals and ask the project team any questions.”

The live webinar for Fen Road will take place on Wednesday 16th December at 6pm where the project team will talk through the exhibition boards for the sites.

Residents will have the chance to send in questions ahead of the webinar and the team will respond to any received before or during the live webinar, as well as responding separately to any enquiries received afterwards.

To register please visit Feedback can also be shared by contacting or call freephone number 0800 193 1869.

Residents can also leave feedback for the Ditton Walk site by contacting or calling freephone number 0800 193 1869.

To view Fen Road consultation website please visit The exhibition boards can also be viewed at

For further information please visit

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) is an equally-owned partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships established in January 2017 to tackle the housing need in Cambridge.

Together the innovative partnership works to fund the development of council-owned land, as well as buying land, to provide a range of market and council housing, along with commercial and community facilities. They will deliver at least 500 council rented homes as part of the £70m Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution grant by March 2022.