Our plans

The Parochial Charities are building a further 21 almshouses in Great Shelford, adjacent to their existing estate of 32 similarly affordable units on More’s Meadow.

Sensitive to the green belt, village edge location, the design by local architect Haysom Ward Miller (Grand Designs House of the Year 2018, Winner RIBA East 2021) features three curved terraces – topped with green roofs – framing the site entrance and providing a gateway to the central landscaped green. The green roofs – dipping from two storey to single storey and curving to enclose the new green – are designed to reflect the surrounding chalkland landscape.

Construction started in June 2021 and local contractor, EN Suiter & Sons Ltd plans to complete the development towards the end of 2022.

Once complete, the Charity will own and maintain the homes in perpetuity, making them available on almshouse terms to Great Shelford people otherwise unable to afford living in the village.

East wing elevations

Designed for sustainability, the homes will achieve high standards of energy efficiency and keep residents’ running costs low. Air source heat pumps will be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and mechanically ventilated heat recovery will minimise energy losses whilst providing good ventilation.

Our planning approval includes the provision of new allotments, orchards, parkland, a community garden, the planting of native trees and hedgerows, and enhanced public access to the surrounding green belt.

Site location

Further details can be found on the South Cambs District Council webpages: Planning application ref S/4279/19/FL