New housing for Cambridgeshire people in need

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 16 July 2015

Sanctuary’s Development Manager Sarah Brind with Steven Hills, Director of Housing, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Sanctuary's Development Manager Sarah Brind with Steven Hills, Director of Housing, South Cambridgeshire District Council

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A new development designed to house individuals and families in need of emergency accommodation has been built in Waterbeach.

From left Gemma Else (Sanctuary Group), Jenny Rhodes (Sanctuary Group), Steven Hills (Director of Housing, South Cambridgeshire District Council) and Chris Cole (Head of Development East &South East, Sanctuary Group)From left Gemma Else (Sanctuary Group), Jenny Rhodes (Sanctuary Group), Steven Hills (Director of Housing, South Cambridgeshire District Council) and Chris Cole (Head of Development East &South East, Sanctuary Group)

Members of South Cambridgeshire District Council were among the first to view Sanctuary Group’s new scheme which comprises high quality, purpose-built housing for those requiring temporary accommodation in the area.

Sanctuary supported the council’s ambition to raise the standard of short term housing and the end result is a stylish development that is not only better suited to modern living, it is also more cost effective and efficient to run.

Sanctuary’s £3.32 million scheme, built in partnership with South Cambridge District Council and the homes and communities agency, was constructed by its appointed contractor Hill Partnerships. It comprises 30 units of one and two-bedroom apartments, including one for people with mobility needs. Additional facilities include a fully equipped laundry room, lounge, and garden areas.

Sarah Brind, development manager for Sanctuary, said: “Our aim was to deliver a scheme that was significantly superior to old style hostel accommodation and we are delighted with the results. Individuals and families alike will be able to live in surroundings that are fit for purpose and which meet their everyday needs.”

Councillor Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Homelessness can unfortunately affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds for a variety of reasons, so it is pleasing that through partnership working with our colleagues at Sanctuary Group, we are able to provide support services such as this which will help those affected by homelessness to work towards more permanent housing solutions. We believe this new development will better match current demand for temporary housing in the area.

“The new accommodation forms part of the Council’s strategy to address homelessness in the district. Its completion will further assist the excellent progress we have already made in reducing the number of households placed in temporary, high cost B&B placements.”

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