In November 2019 the Parochial Charities submitted a planning application to South Cambs District Council (SCDC) for the development of 21 almshouses on land the Charity owns in Great Shelford. Located at the end of More’s Meadow, the site is currently occupied by allotments which would be relocated further north west on the Charity’s land.
The Charity has no need to partner with a property developer or housing association. We ourselves would maintain control over the development, guaranteeing the homes remain under the Charity’s ownership in perpetuity for the benefit of the people of Great Shelford.
Sensitive to the village edge location, our architect – Haysom Ward Miller – has come up with an innovative design featuring three curved terraces under green roofs. These terraces frame the site entrance and provide a gateway to the new green. The grass roofs – dipping from two storey to single storey and curving to enclose the new green – are designed to reflect the surrounding chalkland landscape.
Designed for sustainability, the homes will achieve high standards of energy efficiency keeping residents’ running costs low. Air source heat pumps will be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and mechanically ventilated heat recovery will capture heat whilst providing good ventilation.
Landscape enhancement measures will include the planting of native trees and hedgerows and provide enhanced access to the surrounding green belt.
If our planning application is successful we would hope to start development before the end of 2020 and have the homes available for occupation towards the end of 2021.
Further details can be found on our planning application; see the SCDC website, reference S/4279/19/FL.