69 affordable rent council homes will replace Colville Road housing blocks in Cambridge
Two housing blocks are set to be demolished in Colville Road in Cambridge to make way for 69 affordable rent council homes.
The plan will see a net increase of 45 council rented homes, taking the city council a step closer to meeting its 500 affordable rent homes target by 2022.
The Cambridge City Council planning committee voted unanimously to approve the plans yesterday (November 6).
The planning application was brought by the Cambridge Investment Partnership, which is a joint venture company set up by Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnership.
The existing blocks 66-80b Colville Road will be demolished to make way for 63 flats and six houses.
According to the application the site offers 24 replacement parking spaces, 18 in a car park and six kerbside, 45 residential car parking spaces, 108 cycle spaces, and other facilities.
The council’s executive councillor for housing, Richard Johnson, said: “I am very pleased that the green light has been given for the city council to proceed with another regeneration project in Cambridge that will deliver an increase in much-needed new council homes for rent.
“This decision means the council remains on course to deliver over 500 new council homes by 2022, with this Colville Road project delivering a net increase of 45 units.
“These new homes will be high-quality and built above national sustainability standards, with modern insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps to provide central heating instead of gas boilers. As well as saving energy, tenants will save money on their bills.”
The scheme will contribute to nine per cent of the council’s 2022 affordable council housing target.
More by this authorBen Hatton, Local Democracy Reporter