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Work has started on the construction of 75 new homes – including 30 council homes – at Orchard Park in Cambridge with a ground-breaking ceremony.

Orchard Park, Cambridge
Orchard Park, Cambridge

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) is developing one of the last parcels of land which has been allocated for housing following revision of the planning application by CIP and Mole Architects to improve the design of the site.

Cllr Mike Todd Jones, executive councillor for housing at Cambridge City Council and a CIP board member, said: “2021 was a really successful year for the partnership with our target to start on site 500 new council homes by March 2022 reached a year early, along with obtaining planning permissions to drive forward our low-carbon council homes.

“Starting work on site at Orchard Park will provide a highly sustainable new housing scheme and allow us to deliver much-needed new council homes to the north of the city.”

Tom Hill and Cllr Todd Jones at the ground-breaking for Orchard Park, Cambridge
Tom Hill and Cllr Todd Jones at the ground-breaking for Orchard Park, Cambridge

The development has been designed to feature two apartment blocks and a row of coach houses and will be ‘gas free’ with air source heat pumps, biodiverse green roofs, six electric charging spaces, one hybrid/electric car club vehicle and above-policy cycle parking provision for 124 bike spaces.

CIP said the homes will be built in line with the Cambridge Sustainable Housing design guide using standards that exceed national policy guidelines, including denser insulation and wall thickness to minimise heat loss and reduce residents’ energy bills and will include sustainable drainage features.

It said throughout the planning process the team worked with local residents on the masterplan to improve the adjacent open space.

For further information about Cambridge Investment Partnership, visit ip-cambridge.co.uk.

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