South Cambs District Council continues to make good on our promise to build new affordable homes. Following the 44 affordable-rent and shared-ownership properties completed in the past year, 91 council houses are currently being built across six sites, with a further 178 in the pipeline.
The Lib Dem council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Housing, Hazel Smith, said: “Our ambitious Business Plan pledges to double the number of energy-efficient council homes that are being built in South Cambridgeshire and it’s great to see that progress is already being made.”
Hazel, along with Fen Ditton and Fulbourn councillors Claire Daunton and John Williams, were pleased to help lay the first bricks of a new development of affordable homes on Balsham Road, Fulbourn in July.
The project will offer a mix of 14 one-bedroom apartments and two- and three- bedroom houses to people with a connection to the local area, to be allocated in conjunction with the council.
Due to be completed by spring 2020, the new homes have been designed to be in-keeping with their rural surroundings. They are also being built to high energy-efficiency standards using modern construction methods. They include photovoltaic panels and thermal building fabrics, which keep heat in during winter and out during summer.
Hazel said: “I was really pleased to go and lay some bricks as part of this valuable new development of homes that will be affordable for local people to live in. Helping deliver these types of homes is one of our top priorities. As a council we’ve worked hard to get all the parties together and bring these new homes forward. Importantly, these homes will be affordable to run, meaning their new occupants will be left with a little more money to live life and have fun. I’m very impressed with how quickly they are coming out of the ground and pleased that local people trying to get on the housing ladder will soon have this helping hand.”