Cambridge University gets go ahead to build homes
The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission to develop a 150-hectare site which includes building 3,000 homes.
The project, which is expected to start next year, will include 1,500 affordable homes for university employees and 1,500 homes for private sale. There will also be accommodation for 2,000 students and 10,000 square metres of research facilities, plus around 50 hectares for public open space.
The homes will be built to level 5 of the code for sustainable homes, equivalent to zero carbon. The university is currently seeking residential and commercial development partners for the different elements of phase one.
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of the university, said: ‘This development is a major part of the university’s long term future. It will provide much of the residential and research accommodation that the university needs as it grows over the next 20 years.’
Roger Taylor, project director, said it was important that the development brings ‘positive benefits’ to local people.
‘The new community facilities will be open to all and everyone will have access to large areas of new open space for sports, walking and other activities,’ he added.
The university has also developed a water management system for the entire site. This will ensure that the development does not add to flood risk and will improve the flood situation downstream in Girton.