Marking the completion of our first development of brand new council homes

We are thrilled to have marked the completion of our first development of brand new council homes with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Cllr Richard Johnson.

Anstey Way is our first completed development for the partnership which was established three years ago in a bid to tackle the housing shortage across Cambridge. The development has replaced 26 aging council homes that were previously on the site with 56 one, two and three bedroom council rented apartments for local residents.

Anstey Way also sees the delivery of the first Housing First properties in Cambridge, comprising of a one bedroom flat and a ground floor wheelchair accessible flat.

The Cambridge Housing First programme is a pioneering new deal between Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to provide homes for rough sleepers in the city and create a quicker and more effective route out of homelessness.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing for Cambridge City Council and CIP board member said:

“It is an honour to mark the completion of the first CIP development in Cambridge. This partnership with Hill has enabled the Council to accelerate its plans to build badly-needed council housing in the City and these 56 new homes are just the start of our programme to deliver 500 new council homes by March 2022, with 480 council rented homes already granted planning.”

Tom Hill, Director of Hill comments,

“We are delighted to have our first occupations at Anstey Way, a site which was previously occupied by poor quality council bungalows and flats which no longer met the standards expected, transformed into much needed, high quality council rented homes.

“This milestone means a huge amount to us as a business working in partnership with Cambridge City Council to tackle the housing need in the City and these new homes will enhance the quality of living and lifestyle for existing and future residents for years to come.”

Sustainability is also key at Anstey Way and include energy saving features such increased insulation to reduce heat loss and energy bills, solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage to generate electricity to light the communal areas. £125,000 has also been allotted to local play areas, parks and sports centre and CIP has allocated £35,000 towards two public art commissions.