Community Led Development

Building Homes | Reinvesting Profits | Shaping New Communities

Putting people, not profit, first

Involving local people in the design of local developments is at the heart of every project we undertake. Through this engagement with communities, we understand the exacting needs of local people and are able to deliver developments with the amenities that are lacking. Community led developments like these bring real social and economic benefits and that’s why we deliver more than just housing. Our developments create more sustainable communities shaped around the priorities that matter to local people.

When residents have the chance to shape their neighbourhood, it strengthens the sense of belonging and encourages friendly, thriving communities where people aspire to live. Community-led development also provides affordable housing for people on local wages, ensuring they can continue to live close to work, stay close to their loved ones, reduce the need to travel and enjoy the convenience of quality local amenities.

The Fledglings is notable as the first Palace Green Homes development in partnership with a Community Land Trust (CLT). In this landmark development of 13 homes, eight were transferred to Thrift Community Land Trust (TCLT) to manage as affordable homes for people with strong ties to the parish. In total, six apartments and two houses were offered to those who live and work in the parish with the other five properties – three one-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom houses – sold on the open market.  Designed by local architects Gary Johns Architects, the TCLT properties generate a rental income that is now being re-invested into other community projects with the development owned in perpetuity entirely by the Thrift (CLT).

Affordable housing such as the properties in The Fledglings play a vital role in helping to keep communities thriving and sustaining village life. In the spirit of true collaboration, local people contributed ideas for all aspects of development, from the design through to the choice of finish on the building. Teachers, parents and pupils at the local school were involved too and a pathway past The Fledglings now provides a safer route for children walking to and from school.

Our partnership with the Haddenham Community Land Trust (HCLT) placed affordable homes at the heart of this striking development of 54 beautifully designed new properties. The site, off West End on rural land at the Aldreth end of Haddenham, offers genuinely affordable homes for people living and/or working in Haddenham or Aldreth and will help to address housing supply and affordability issues in the parish with rents generated providing a revenue stream. Both Palace Green Homes and the HCLT have worked hard to ensure a continued build momentum despite the challenges of the CV-19 outbreak. With specialist PPE equipment mandatory and HSE guidelines in place, the construction team have been extremely quick to adapt to a new mode of safe working in order to keep staff, sub-contractors and suppliers safe.

West End Gardens is an attractive mix of house types and styles designed by local architects Saunders Boston. Affordable homes are ‘pepper-potted’ throughout the scheme amongst play space and plenty of greenery that enhances the variety of plant and animal life from the site’s previous use as an open arable field. Rental income generated by West End Gardens will be re-invested into other community projects for many years with the development owned in perpetuity entirely by the HCLT.

Set within the Ely Conservation Area, our flagship development Kings Row enjoys a prominent location in Barton Road in the heart of the historic Ely. Consisting of six family townhouses and five apartments designed by award-winning architects Haysom Ward Miller, Kings Row boasts views Ely’s magnificent cathedral, just a short walk from the railway station. Of a stylish design, the development’s affordable homes are owned and managed by East Cambs Community Land Trust in perpetuity, for the benefit of the wider community. All of the affordable homes at King’s Row were allocated to people with strong local links to Ely with priority given to those who live and/or work in the city and those with local family connections.

Situated alongside the River Great Ouse, Ely is a wonderful blend of the historic and the modern and best known for the 11th century cathedral, which gazes out over the surrounding Fenland landscape. Kings Row is just a few minutes from shops, cafes, restaurants and bars – so perfect for those without a car. Local trains connect with Cambridge in just 13 minutes and London Kings Cross reachable in an hour and a quarter.

Genuinely affordable Community Land Trust (CLT) homes form the heart of our sustainable, lower-density ‘garden village’ style mixed-use development with Kennett Garden Village set to provide high-quality housing, create local employment opportunities and encourage healthy and sociable community living in this landmark project. Set in a leafy landscape, just off Station Road in Kennett, to the north of the train station, this prime 40-hectare site is allocated in the East Cambs Local Plan. Around 500 new homes are planned at this development, with affordable Community Land Trust homes allocated to those living and/or working in the parish. The community-led housing development has been created in partnership with the Kennett Community Land Trust (KCLT), an independent non-profit organisation established by local residents for the benefit of the local community.

As the fifth and largest community-led development in East Cambridgeshire, Kennett Garden Village is expected to help stop the fragmentation of its local community.  Around 30 per cent of the homes at Kennett Garden Village have been earmarked for affordable housing within a community-led development that will include self-build homes, sheltered housing / care home for the elderly and an enterprise park for local businesses, all supported by significant investment in local highway improvements, a new primary school, over 30 acres of public open space including new allotments, and new village square containing neighbourhood facilities.