Godwin gets planning for Cathedral Green SFH BTR

Godwin Developments gets planning approval for Cathedral Green, its SFH BTR scheme which will be delivered through modular construction.

Cathedral Green SFH BTR development in Ely. Godwin Developments received planning permission for the new scheme yesterday afternoon (30 November 2022) | BTR News
Cathedral Green SFH BTR development in Ely. Godwin Developments received planning permission for the new scheme yesterday afternoon (30 November 2022).

UK property developer Godwin Developments secures planning permission for Cathedral Green – its first single family housing (SFH) Build to Rent development in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Rapleys were planning consultants for the scheme, with RG+P as the architects.

Godwin Developments obtained consent from 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. Using modular construction methods (MMC) is expected to speed up the on-site delivery of the Cathedral Green development as well as reduce waste, disruption and embodied carbon. 

“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.”

Tom Smallbone, Head of Residential Development, Godwin Developments

Cathedral Green will deliver 78 new homes – a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses with private gardens or terraces, alongside 85 resident and guest parking spaces. The scheme will be complemented by a 1,845.5 sqm three-storey commercial building, which will provide additional flexible working space for residents and businesses from the community.

Emphasising wellbeing and community, Cathedral Green will also feature extensively landscaped open spaces intended to host community activities. At the heart of the development will be a reimagined village green, which will be car-free to support the creation of a safe zone for pedestrians and children. It will also include a woodland walk as well as natural play areas for children, a teens’ retreat and exercise space. 

The development will have substantial ESG credentials – including high levels of insulation, triple glazing and natural and extract ventilation. Combined, these features will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the homes compared to traditional construction – helping to lower bills for residents and reduce the environmental impact of the scheme. Sustainability at Cathedral Green will also be supported through the inclusion of two cycle spaces per home as well as EV-ready charging for all homes. 

The 1.99-hectare scheme is located close to the centre of Ely, a highly sought-after cathedral city with a multitude of nearby amenities, schools, open spaces, shops and historic attractions. Cathedral Green residents will also have easy access to Ely Station, which is within walking distance and offers regular trains to Cambridge, London and Stansted Airport.

The SFH Build to Rent scheme is aligned with Godwin Developments’ ambition to create a strong nationwide Build to Rent platform, which offers high-quality homes in areas with robust demand characteristics. The company has a fast-growing nationwide portfolio, which includes nearly 3,000 residential units.

“As a business, we will continue to focus our efforts on growing our Build to Rent 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 multifamily offering.”

Tom Smallbone, Head of Residential Development, Godwin Developments

Godwin Developments operates primarily across the Build to Rent sector covering both multifamily and single-family housing. The company also recently announced it had entered into a joint venture agreement with a leading institutional real estate investor to build a portfolio to the value of £1bn.