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First 100 homes for Housing Delivery Agency

Published: Monday, January 23, 2017


More than 100 new affordable homes have been completed to help meet the high demand for housing in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire thanks to investment by the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

The much needed, newly built homes have been delivered by the Greater Cambridge Housing Development Agency (HDA), a shared team comprising Cambridge City Council, South City Deal.

The new homes are located as follows:

Cambridge:

  • 39 homes at Scholars Court, Homerton College site, Harrison Drive

This development comprises 29 homes for affordable rent and ten homes for shared ownership. All of these properties are one, two or three bedroom flats. They were handed over to the city council by the HDA on completion last month and are in the process of being let to tenants.

  • 35 homes at Aylesborough Close

Some 20 homes for affordable rent and 15 for intermediate rent have been built at this development which is a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats and houses. The homes are now occupied by tenants after being let through the city council.

South Cambridgeshire:

  • 20 homes in Fen Drayton Road, Swavesey

All 20 homes in this development are one, two or three bedroom houses let with affordable rents by South Cambridgeshire District Council. These were completed in May and the homes are now occupied by tenants.

  • Four homes in Horseheath Road, Linton

These homes for affordable rent include two flats, one bungalow and one house provided to South Cambridgeshire District Council. These were completed in June and are now occupied.

  • 15 homes at Hill Farm, Fowlmere Road, Foxton

Three properties have been completed and the remaining 12 are to be handed over by the HDA to South Cambridgeshire District Council in the coming weeks. These homes are made up of two and three bedroom houses for affordable rent.

The HDA was set up in April 2016 to project manage all key public sector housing development activities to get homes built more quickly.

This ranges from finding, assessing and securing land to working with local communities, site design, gaining planning permission and handing over completed homes.

Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council and Vice-chair of the City Deal Assembly, said: “We face a housing affordability crisis that we need to tackle on multiple fronts and these new affordable homes delivered by the HDA are an important part of that effort.

“These homes are an important step forward in our work to help people who are struggling to find homes they can afford and to securing future economic growth.

“We desperately need to provide more affordable homes to meet demand and we have a strong commitment to the social housing programme that the HDA is helping us to deliver.

“I look forward to seeing the HDA deliver more homes in the coming months and years.”

Cllr Lynda Harford, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for Housing, said: “Housing is one of the biggest challenges we face in the district and there is a pressing need for more high-quality new homes.

“This partnership is making sure we speed up the delivery of affordable homes – all the way from identifying sites to delivering them and handing over the keys.

“We know that people in the district have a very wide range of housing needs and our focus is not just on social housing.

“We have a huge number of people who would like to get on the housing ladder but cannot as saving the deposit and house prices mean they are squeezed out. We must find innovative ways to support all sections of the community looking for housing.”

From this point on, the HDA will aim to provide around 250 new homes per year over the next three to four years.

The HDA was set up by the partner organisations and its vision is to: “provide a leading role in helping local authorities to drive – with pace and certainty – the delivery of affordable housing in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Using the shared resources of the partner authorities (land, skills and funding), the HDA is helping to manage the delivery of new, affordable homes in sustainable locations. It is the only local development agency in Cambridgeshire with a public service agenda that sees it working in new and affordable housing.