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11 August 2010, 06:00
Plans for two big new housing developments on the edge of Cambridge have been approved.
In total, more than 2,500 new homes will be built on the developments at Glebe Farm and Clay Farm, in between Long Road and Shelford Road.
40% of these new houses must be affordable, so 30% will be part of a social rented scheme through a housing association and the remaining 10% will be shared ownership.
The plans also include new secondary and primary schools, sport and recreation facilities, shops, roads, footpaths, cycleways and a new area of open space.
Most of the new homes, approximately 2,300 of them, will be built on Clay Farm.
Glebe Farm will be accessed from the new Addenbrooke's Hospital access road, which is yet to open, and will provide 286 new homes.
Building work at Glebe Farm is expected to start later this year, with the first homes there completed sometime next year.
The first new homes at Clay Farm are expected to be finished in 2012.
Councillor Ian Nimmo Smith, from Cambridge City Council, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Clay Farm and Glebe Farm developments have reached this significant milestone.
It has been a long haul, but it has been worth it for the public benefits it brings.
At a time when there is such high local housing demand, we have managed to make sure that 40% of the new homes on these two sites will be affordable homes, available to people priced out of the local housing market.
The developers are also contributing nearly £40 million in total towards local transport, education and community infrastructure."