Godwin Developments has submitted plans for 116 Build to Rent homes and a multi-use commercial space in Ely, Cambridgeshire
The Cathedral Green scheme has been designed to create an ‘urban village’ style community for residents and will deliver much-needed housing.
Located in Angel Drove, at the southern entry point into the city, the development proposes the creation of 57 two- and three-bedroom houses with private gardens, 59 one- and two-bedroom low-rise apartments including balconies, as well as 122 resident and guest parking spaces.
Devised specifically for the rental market, the scheme will also incorporate a 1,457 sq. m. three-storey commercial building, which will provide additional flexible working space in the area.
Designed to offer a modern interpretation of the local architectural character, the Cathedral Green scheme will feature extensively landscaped open spaces intended to host community activities and become places for neighbours to meet and socialise.
Emphasis will also be given to enhancing links between the development and the established local communities nearby.
The plans will improve the currently overgrown footpaths as well as maintain existing connections with the Kings Ely School located to the north of the proposal site.
The Cathedral Green development will be located within a 10-minute walk from Ely City Centre and a range of local amenities such as food stores, schools, and a doctor’s surgery.
The site is a mere 300 meters away from Ely Train Station, which offers regular trains to Cambridge, London Kings Cross, Stanstead Airport and further afield.
It is positioned for convenient access to the A10 – the main arterial route to Cambridge, Peterborough and London, and is well serviced by a local bus route leading to Ely City Centre and Cambridge.
Creating a multigenerational community
James Mulcare, head of residential capital markets at Godwin Developments, said: “Residential investment – and particularly Build to Rent – is a key focus for our business.
“Our aim is to build the next generation of purpose-built rental accommodation for residents seeking quality homes and superior service. At the same time, we are also catering for the growing demand for long term stable income opportunities from investors.
“Cathedral Green, which will be the first Build to Rent scheme in Ely, is a new style of development just for rent, designed to attract a mix of residents, including families, single-person households, couples and independent senior residents – creating a truly multigenerational community.
“It will cater to a growing requirement for homes in suburban destinations, commuter towns and regional cities, that benefit from proximity to key areas of employment, access to nearby transport, private and public green spaces, amenities and local places of interest.
“When completed, the development will be under single institutional ownership and it will be professionally operated and maintained to ensure it remains a welcoming home to its occupants and an asset to the city for many years to come.”