Bellway and Clarion to deliver 1,200 homes in Cambridgeshire

Unconditional contracts have been exchanged for Bellway and Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group to acquire a parcel of land on which it will build 1,200 homes in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire. 

The site, adjacent to Cambridge Airport, has outline planning consent for 1,200 homes, of which 40% will be provided as affordable housing, as well as two new schools, retail space, outdoor areas and a community building for the new neighbourhood. The entire development will benefit from the latest measures in sustainable living and green energy. 

Woods Hardwick’s engineers provided Bellway and Clarion with civil engineering support throughout their due diligence up to the purchase of the site. This included assistance with highways and drainage both at a strategic and a local site level.

We are now moving forward with Bellway and Clarion, providing civil engineering support through the preparation of Reserved Matters Applications and detailed design of s278 highways to provide access to the site. 

John Freeman, Woods Hardwick’s Engineering Director said:

“This is an exciting project delivering an entire new neighbourhood for Cambridge. Sustainability is at the heart of the the work of the entire project team, and we are now working closely with the architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards, to ensure that the evolving layouts meet CCC highway requirements and providing sustainable, well-considered drainage for the development.”

Philip Standen, Managing Director of Bellway Eastern Counties, said:

“This landmark site on the fringes of Cambridge city centre extends to 138 acres and will deliver exceptional designs and a high quality of sustainable living. This project will not only include sustainable homes, it will also showcase some incredible ideas that we have for the new retail and commercial spaces. It will be a development that everyone will rightly be proud of. We look forward to working with the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Authority and other key stakeholders as we work towards a start on site in 2022.

Endurance Estates acted as promoter for the development and worked alongside Marshall Group Properties to secure planning permission for the site. The land was sold through Bidwells and Cheffins with Gowling WLG and Mills and Reeve as legal advisors.