Decision details

Provision of 3 no. affordable dwellings at Linton Road, Great Abington

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of this Decision Notice is to give approval for South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to enter into Heads of Terms followed thereafter into a JCT Design & Build Contract (JCT 2016 – industry standard) to purchase 3 no affordable homes representing the S106 40% affordable housing contribution on a site at Linton Road, Great Abington.


The site has been brought forward by Laragh Homes who, are an award winning developer and looking to build their first small site in the SCDC district.


In its entirety the site totals 15 new homes - with the policy compliant 40% affordable housing of 3 new rented home. The remainder of the 40% will be covered by the development of 4 new £100k homes as part of a central government initiative and will be the first £100k homes to be developed in South Cambridgeshire.


Laragh are due to start on site in June 2020 and have issued draft Heads of Terms to proceed on.


All reserved planning matters have been resolved .


It should be noted that the payback is in year 27


This site is one of the development sites that are part of the ‘ Unallocated New Build/Acquisition Budget’ included in the New Build Investment Cashflow (Appendix E) of the MTFS approved in February 2020.


Enabling/Strategic support

Strategic Housing fully support this mix, as it will provide much needed homes in Great Abington where SCDC has existing stock .

The overall affordable housing mix has previously been agreed by Housing Strategy as meeting the housing needs in Great Abington and its environs.


Scheme details

Planning Reference number :

The site has planning (ref: S/4392/19/DC) with all conditions now discharged.


The S106 is signed and completed.



Description of

No of

Type of


No of

Units to be delivered:










2 bed flat





2 bed house































Contract type:

The contract will be a JCT 2016 contract. (Joint Contracts Tribunal) Design & Build Contract


Legal Advice : Freeths  ( Previously provided at Grace Crescent , Hardwick)

“We believe that either ownership or an option constitute such “exclusive rights”. It needs to be said, however, that cases do turn on their facts. We would also have to state that the Council should be able to demonstrate that in the case where it was letting a contract including development, that there is no reasonable alternative or substitute – ie there are not other similar convenient sites which could reasonably be regarded as being available for development, eg in terms of being for sale, zoning, access to services etc.


There are no other suitably sized permissioned sites in Great Abington that are available for consideration at this time.




Use of Right to Buy Receipt:

This scheme consists of 3 rented homes which allows the use of Right to Buy receipts totalling £160,761


Use of Commuted Sum:

No Commuted sum is being used as no shared ownership partly owned by the council on this site.


The scheme is considered to be value for money for the council. The offer and price per sq. m is commensurate with sums paid for recent council new build development schemes. In addition a robust financial appraisal has been carried out and a commercially sensitive financial appendix is attached. The scheme has a Payback year within the business plan parameters.


To approve South Cambridgeshire District Council to enter into Heads of Terms followed thereafter by a JCT contract for the build of the 3 affordable homes and a land contract and transfer to purchase the site for the 3 affordable homes at Linton Road, Great Abington.

Reasons for the decision:

           This scheme will provide 3 affordable homes - and affordability is a huge issue for the District in terms of housing.

           These homes will also add additional affordable homes to the Councils housing stock and will be managed by the in house SCDC Leasehold team.

           The provision of affordable homes is likely to reduce significantly due to recent policy changes for housing providers and the lack of HCA funding available.

           Changes to housing benefit and welfare reform will also mean that the demand for affordable homes will only increase in this area.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: Option 1: The Council decides not to enter into contract with Laragh for the purchase of the 3 affordable homes on this site.


Reason for Rejection:

  • To reject the scheme would require a substitute scheme of similar size and cost to be found in the district to provide new affordable homes. This would be by no means certain and is unlikely to be achieved in the timescales. It would be resource intensive and is unlikely to be possible, with the return of unspent right to buy receipt back to the Treasury with interest if no suitable scheme could be sourced.


Publication date: 04/06/2020

Date of decision: 04/06/2020

Effective from: 12/06/2020

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