Plans for flagship CKH Northminster development site get green light
Plans for flagship CKH Northminster development site get green light

Cross Keys Homes (CKH) is to deliver 315 new homes at the Northminster development in the heart of Peterborough. The leading regional housing association acquired the land earlier in the summer and has this month received full planning approval to build one, two and three bedroom homes on the site.

Claire Higgins, Chief Executive at CKH, said: “This is a great step forward for CKH. The demand for affordable homes in our city is huge, so finding opportunities to regenerate large sites like this in the city centre is essential to providing the homes that people need. The scheme promises to be a landmark development which will offer sustainable, modern city centre living, just minutes from the train station and other key amenities. We are very pleased that we can now progress it at pace and are very much looking forward to working with our first class project team on making our plans a reality”

The scheme will provide quality apartments across two connected wings and a number of townhouses at ground floor level. The contemporary design remains sympathetic to the existing surroundings and aims to enhance opportunities to enjoy the Cathedral views. Seating and open public spaces are included in the designs, while residents will also benefit from a private communal courtyard as well balconies and other roof terraces. Alongside the affordable homes, the development will also include two retail units.

CKH will be working with Wilmott Dixon as their contractor of choice. The rest of the project team consists of architects Corstorphine & Wright, planning consultants ELG, structural engineers SBK and MEP engineers Briggs and Forrester.

David McCallion, director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re proud to be working alongside Cross Keys Homes and our delivery partners to support the development of such a fantastic flagship project in Northminster, which will be crucial in improving access to high-quality, affordable housing in the centre of the city of Peterborough.

“This is a hugely significant regeneration project and therefore collaboration with the local community is vital during construction to ensure we meet the aspirations that we at Willmott Dixon and Cross Key Homes have set. As such, we will be prioritising locally sourced labour, providing training opportunities and investing in local businesses throughout the scheme. We’re excited to be part of such a worthwhile revitalisation project and to see the positive impact on the local economy and wider community.”

Demolition and site clearance has already taken place, with the main construction works set to start early in September. The first completed homes are expected by summer 2024.