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Planning permission granted for 160 new homes at North West Cambridge Development

The Joint Development Control Committee, comprising members from Cambridge City Council and South Cambridge District Council, yesterday (Wednesday 5 April) granted planning permission for 160 new high-quality homes at Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development.

Leading independent south east and London housebuilder Durkan Homes has joined forces with Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, to deliver the new homes.

The joint venture between Durkan Homes and Latimer will develop part of the University’s North West Cambridge site and deliver studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and three and four-bedroom homes. The development will also incorporate communal landscaped courtyards and private gardens.

The combined strength and expertise of Durkan Homes and Latimer will ensure that it is brought forward with the highest possible quality. Work is expected to start on site in early Summer 2024.

Bill Beyzade, Managing Director at Durkan Homes, said: “The decision to grant permission is great news. We are delighted to have secured an agreement with Latimer to deliver the Eddington project, and we’re looking forward to starting work on site this year. We always strive to build homes of the highest quality and sustainability, and this is an approach we know Latimer shares entirely.

“We’re proud to be a partner of choice for organisations in both the public and private sectors, and are thrilled to once again be working with Latimer. The expertise they will bring to this site, in collaboration with our own, will ensure we create a development that people will love to call home.”

Richard Cook, Group Development Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Durkan and the University of Cambridge to develop the next phase of the award-winning Eddington development in north west Cambridge. Sustainability is at the heart of these plans and we share Durkan’s vision of delivering housing that is fit for the future and to the benefit of the local community.”

Matthew Johnson, Interim Head of Development for North West Cambridge at the University of Cambridge, added: “Eddington is a vibrant, multi-cultural urban community which is recognised as an exemplar of sustainability as a result of the University’s vision for the development. We welcome the decision to grant planning consent for this application and look forward to continuing to work with Durkan and Latimer on the delivery of these additional much-needed homes and welcoming residents to our growing community.”

The wider North West Cambridge Development will include around 3,000 new homes, academic spaces and community facilities – in addition to new parklands and green space as an open neighbourhood in the city.

Sustainable building will form a crucial part of the design principles developed by Durkan Homes and Latimer, with the inclusion of a connection to the existing heat and hot water system through the provision of a district heating network. All the homes will be designed to adhere to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 or comparable national measure of sustainability for building design.

The development has also been planned to enhance the existing landscape on the site, with the aim of carefully integrating it into the wider North West Cambridge Development and the existing community.

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