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Work under way on £4.4m homes in Great Shelford for those in need

Work has started on a £4.4million scheme to construct more than 20 almshouses for people in Great Shelford.

The almshouses development in Great Shelford where work has begun (50052959)
The almshouses development in Great Shelford where work has begun (50052959)

The 21 new units in More’s Meadow will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom homes with gardens.

The scheme from the Great Shelford Parochial Charities will provide affordable housing for people in the village in need. It will bring the total number of almshouses owned by the charity to 53.

Sarah Rann, the Parochial Charities chair of trustees, said: “After three years in planning, we are delighted to see our contractors breaking ground at More’s Meadow. I would particularly like to thank the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority for their grant of £1million to help build these homes.

“We are also very grateful for the generosity of local benefactors who have contributed to the landscape improvements.”

The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

The charity’s trustees have also been paying close attention to plans for East West Rail due to its proximity to the new development.

They have met with South Cambridgeshire MP, Anthony Browne, and have made submissions to the EWR consultation process.

They have asked the scheme architect to modify the almshouse building design so as to mitigate the possible impact of the railway, including the installation of triple glazing throughout the development.

The charity also owns several acres of land adjacent to the development site where it has laid out new allotments, planted trees and established a community garden. Special efforts have been made to accommodate all levels of mobility with the provision of wheelchair-accessible paths and raised planting beds. Further trees have been ordered for a community orchard, ahead of November planting.

Visit spc.org.uk/our-plans for more.

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