University of Cambridge set to start on first phase of 150 hectare housing project

The University of Cambridge has given the green light to the first phase of its £1bn housing development to the North West of the city.

The development of the 150 hectare site was given outline planning permission by the three local authorities last August, subject to signing a section 106 agreement.

Now Regent House, the governing body of the University, has given the development its formal approval.

The first phase of the development consists of 530 homes for university staff, 450 homes for sale and 300 students. It will also include community facilities and substantial green space taking up over a third of the site.

Jeremy Sanders, pro-vice-chancellor at the University, said the development was a major part of the University’ long term future plans. “Being able to provide high-quality, affordable housing in a thriving community will be an important element of our attraction to staff and students, and phase one of the development focuses on this immediate need,” he said.