Our plans

The Parochial Charities have won planning approval to build 21 almshouses in Great Shelford, adjacent to their existing estate of 32 similarly affordable units on More’s Meadow.

Meeting on 10 June, the South Cambs District Council Planning Committee approved the plans subject to legal agreement.

Development is scheduled to start in early 2021 – the construction contract is currently out to tender – and the homes will be available for occupation in the second half of 2022.

The Charity will own the homes in perpetuity and make them available on almshouse terms to Great Shelford people otherwise unable to afford living in the village.

Sensitive to the village edge location, the design features three curved terraces with green roofs. These terraces frame the site entrance and provide 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.

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 capture heat 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

Planning Committee decision, 10 June 2020

Planning Committee decision, 11 November 2020