Plans for new affordable homes in Isleham

Plans for new affordable homes in Isleham

We are working alongside Lady Frances Peyton's Almshouse Charity on plans to build 45 affordable homes on land west of Station Road.

The development will comprise a mixture of homes including one, two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom bungalows. Four of the homes will stay in the ownership of the charity and add to their existing homes in the village. The remainder will be offered for affordable rent, including Shared Ownership opportunities.

We would be grateful if you could read the information below and give us your feedback. This will form part of our planning application to Cambridgeshire District Council.

Who is involved?

Landowner Lady Frances Peyton’s Almshouse Charity works to provide homes for people from Isleham. It currently has four homes in the village and is using its assets to provide much-needed further housing for local people.

To find out more about the charity, or to apply to live in one of its homes, email

Havebury Housing designs and maintains high quality homes. We reinvest our income in our existing homes and communities, along with our development programme.

This enables us to build new homes and helps us satisfy the local need for affordable housing. We build homes that adhere to nationally described space standards, meaning our properties have ample storage with well-proportioned rooms and gardens.

In addition, our homes are well insulated to keep running costs as low as possible. We have our own team of specialist technicians to maintain these properties. We offer homes for rent to those on the housing register and people who wish to purchase a home via Shared Ownership.

The story so far

As part of the design process, we have consulted with Isleham Parish Council and the local planning authority. These consultations have helped shape the design, which will be something unique to Isleham. For example, the feedback we have received has meant that we have increased the amount of green space we intend to provide; land which will be available for all the village to enjoy. A public footpath will provide a pedestrian link from the homes to the village via Fordham Road.

What’s more, we have undertaken surveys of the land and surrounding area to ensure our proposals meet or exceed planning requirements. We have also made sure that access to the site is in the safest location, that the homes will have adequate parking and that appropriate drainage has been included.

It is our hope that priority will be given to local people to live in these homes. A “local connection” is a condition which can be applied as part of a planning approval, and is a decision made by the local authority rather than the applicants.

We hope local people will support the scheme and register their interest with Home-Link. For more information on Shared Ownership and to register for your chance to buy a home via this way, please visit the Help to Buy website. 

Proposal for Isleham

Here is a selection of design ideas for the development:

A typical bungalow
A typical semi-detached house

What happens next?

Thank you to those who have already submitted their comments. We will use this feedback to help inform the next phase of our design process before the application is submitted to planning. We are already working on some refinements to the application, with more tweaks to come as we receive further comments. If suggested changes are not made, we will explain why in a separate statement of community involvement.

Once the planning application is submitted to the local authority, you will have a further chance to comment formally. You can also get in touch with us at Havebury and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Positive comments are just as important to a planning application as negative ones. So, if you are in favour of the scheme, please show your support by commenting on the application.

Comments and frequently asked questions


The application will be submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council in autumn/winter 2020.

Timings and consultation

Following submission, the council will have 13 weeks to make their decision. You will have the opportunity to make formal comments to the council in respect of the proposals at that time. If planning permission is granted, Havebury would expect to start on site in the summer of 2021. The construction phase is likely to take approximately two years.

Havebury Housing and Lady Frances Peyton’s Almhouse Charity are working in collaboration with Chaplin Farrant, PlanSurv, Oxford Archaeology, The Design Partnership and EAS.





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