Godwin Developments has secured planning permission for its first single-family housing (SFH) development comprising 78 houses and flexible commercial space.

Cathedral Green in Ely, Cambridgeshire, includes two- and three-bedroom houses with private gardens or terraces, as well as 85 resident and guest parking spaces.

Designed specifically for the single-family rental market, it is set to offer high-quality homes in areas with robust demand characteristics.

The scheme was approved by East Cambridgeshire District Council to deliver the homes using modular methods of construction, resulting in a range of benefits for residents, the neighbouring community and the environment.

Cathedral Green will have substantial ESG credentials and will include high levels of insulation, triple glazing as well as natural and extract ventilation. Sustainability will also be supported through the inclusion of two cycle spaces per home as well as EV-ready charging for all homes.

The use of modern methods of construction (MMC) is expected to speed up the on-site delivery of the development as well as reduce waste, disruption and embodied carbon.

The 1.99-hectare scheme is located close to the centre of Ely; residents will have easy access to Ely Station, which is within walking distance and offers regular trains to Cambridge as well as London and Stansted Airport.

Tom Smallbone, head of residential development at Godwin Developments said: “We are delighted to have secured planning approval for our first single-family housing development.

“Positioned in a gateway location in the sought-after cathedral city of Ely, it offers quick access to Cambridge – one of the UK’s major life sciences hubs and a focus for growth, investment and employment for years to come.

“As a business, we will continue to focus our efforts on growing our BTR pipeline nationwide in areas of clear economic expansion and restricted supply of homes. We see the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and the Home Counties as key for developing more single-family homes for rent while London, Bristol and Birmingham are the target cities for our multi-family offering.”

The homes to be built on site will be complemented by a 1,845.5 sq m three-storey commercial building, which will provide additional flexible working space for residents as well as businesses from the community.

Rapleys was the planning consultant for the scheme, and RG+P was the architect.

Image source: Godwin Developments

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