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Affordable new homes for Sawston residents
We are delighted to report that South Cambridgeshire District Council will be building 63 affordable homes as part of a new housing development of 158 properties on the north side of Babraham Road, Sawston.
Forty-four of these will be Affordable Rent homes, meaning their rents will be in line with Housing Allowance rates and truly affordable. A further 19 will be available through a Shared Ownership scheme. There will be an emphasis on one- and two-bedroom flats, as this type of property has the fastest-growing demand in the village, but there will also be a number of three- and four-bedroom houses available.
About half of the affordable properties will go to those with a local connection, such as people who have grown up in the area. First priority will be given to those connected to Sawston and Babraham, with second priority going to applicants from other villages in South Cambs.
Built by award-winning developer Hill, the properties will all have solar panels to help save energy and reduce bills. The development will include play areas for children and a green buffer to open countryside. We expect groundworks to begin in July this year.
Brian said: “We are very pleased that the District Council’s stated policy of building hundreds of new Council homes is being part-realised with this development in Sawston. More than 60 homes, with preference given to locals, will make a good impact on the high demand for affordable homes, and is a large proportion of the total of 158 new dwellings.”
A second new development of more than 300 homes is also proposed for the south side of Babraham Road, which will further help to meet the current demand for housing in the village.
Striking new design for Huawei facility unveiled
Following the withdrawal of its original planning application last year, Chinese technology firm Huawei has submitted new proposals for a research & development centre at the Spicer’s site in Sawston, which address previous concerns about the impact on the landscape and the lack of architectural merit.
The revised design for the facility features a lower floor level and a wave-like roofline. The development would also avoid nearby woodland, which is a protected wildlife habitat, and include new grassland, footpaths and cycleways. There would also be better access via the A1301, and an east-west path from the main site to Whittlesford Road.
The centre would carry out cutting-edge R&D in photonics and would create the equivalent of 350 new full-time jobs. Sawston has not had a major employer since Spicer’s, and it is good to see commercial developments that offer a mixture of local employment opportunities coming forward in the area.
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