A partnership addressing the housing shortage across Cambridge

It has been widely reported that The Chartered Institute of Housing and National Housing Federation are both calling for more than 1.5 million social homes to be built over the next 10 years, with at least 90,000 of these for social rent each year.

And through CIP, an equal partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, we are already addressing the housing shortage and delivering brand new council rented and market sale homes across Cambridge.

CIP was set up in 2017 in a bid to tackle the affordable housing shortage across the city by investing and transforming Council-owned and other land across the city and bringing together the best of public and private sector expertise to provide homes that are fit for the future.

Having already started on site at ten locations across the city, we are anticipating being on site and building in excess of its committed target of 500 new council rented homes by March 2022.

We will also be developing a mixed portfolio of sites ranging from two units in a garden infill or garage site, making use of under-used parcels of City Council land, through to large-scale residential brownfield development which is providing a mix of market and affordable housing, including 295 at Cromwell Road.

Claire Flowers, Head of Housing Development Agency for Cambridge City Council and CIP Investment Team member said:

“Through this partnership, it has enabled the Council to accelerate its plans to build more affordable housing.

“As well as building brand new council homes we are also replacing poor quality homes with new highly sustainable homes and providing a mix of market sale properties which will be fully integrated into the neighbourhoods.

“We already have planning permission for 700 new homes across 11 sites which includes 354 brand new council homes which means we are 71% towards our target of 500.

“In addition, the partnership has identified the potential for a further 1000 new homes which will include at least 400 new council rented homes and we are expecting be on site and  reach our target 18 months earlier than originally planned.”

Community is also at the forefront on every development and we will carefully consider community and commercial amenities, such as community centres and green space, along with job and training opportunities to ensure residents lifestyles are enhanced. We are also committed to creating vibrant communities for existing and new residents that will support the local economy for the future.