The scheme, for housebuilder Hill and housing association BPHA, will comprise 270 homes

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Cambridge council has awarded planning permission to a PRP-designed 270-home residential scheme on the southern fringes of the city.

The scheme, for housebuilder Hill and housing association BPHA, will comprise 162 homes for private sale and 108 affordable and retirement homes managed by BPHA.

There is also planning consent for a 100-bedroom student residence for The Bell Educational Trust Limited.

The scheme will be built on fields adjacent to the city’s Bell Language School.

Construction is set to start immediately and first completions are expected during Summer 2015.

Rob Hall, development director of Hill, comments: “This is a landmark decision on a key site in Cambridge and we’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop this new community.

“Our main ambition is to create somewhere people not only want to live, but one which will also be an integral part of the existing community.

“The development will include green open spaces with public access by foot and cycle paths which all the local residents will be able to enjoy.”

Steve Morris, project manager at PBHA, comments: “This is the culmination of three years’ work on the project and we are very much looking forward to seeing the construction commence on what will be the most prestigious site on the Cambridge Southern Fringe in Cambridge.”

Bell Educational Foundation said: “We are delighted that this important development has received planning and is now entering the next phase.

“Cambridge is facing a housing crisis and these new homes will go a long way in easing the shortage and we are proud to be a part of that.”

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