Cala Homes North Home Counties has submitted plans to Cambridge City Council to deliver high-quality homes in Cambridge.

Cala’s plans would bring a variety of options for buyers, including a range of one to four-bedroom affordable homes and one, two, three, four and five-bedroom open market houses. All homes on-site will be equipped with EV charging points and air-source heat pumps to help residents reduce their carbon emissions. Furthermore, the homes will be built with timber frames which have been shown to have up to 20% less embodied carbon than a typical masonry build while also offering improved thermal efficiency.

Measures to support wildlife will also be incorporated into the fabric of all homes, including bird nesting features and bat boxes through Cala’s Urban Wildlife Strategy. A Biodiversity Net Gain of 17% above existing levels will be achieved across the entirety of the site through new wildlife areas and enhancement of existing grasslands. The County Wildlife Site that sits within the site will also see new planting and effective ongoing management to retain its biodiversity value.

The site is allocated for development, with Cambridge City Council previously granting outline planning permission for the development of the site for up to 200 new homes. This outline consent established general key parameters – including the areas for residential development, building heights, vehicle access points, and the location of the open space.

Neil Farnsworth, head of planning at Cala North Home Counties, commented: “We’re thrilled to submit a reserved matters planning application for our proposed development at Netherhall Farm. This site would strengthen our historic presence in Cambridgeshire following the success of our developments at Hampton Lakes in Peterborough, as well as delivering 111 new homes with multiple sustainability measures at Waterbeach. The scheme will also provide financial contributions of over £2.4million towards local education, transport and community facilities secured through a s106 Agreement. Additionally, we hope to deliver further support through our Community Pledge initiative.”

“The submission of our plans for these 200 low-carbon new homes, with 80 being affordable, is a great step towards supporting Cambridge City Council with its ongoing target to ensure Cambridge has the housing availability and affordability necessary to continue to be a centre of excellence.”

Source: Showhouse