Plans Submitted for £20m Hayfield Lodge Development in Cambridgeshire

August 31, 2022

Hayfield has submitted a Reserved Matters Planning Application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for Hayfield Lodge, which will feature 44 premium homes, with an EPC-A rating. The prime 7-acre (2.9-Ha) site is in the traditional Cambridgeshire village of Over, in a semi-rural location, served by the towns of St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambourne, and Cambridge.

The site was purchased from Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited with an Outline consent in place. Hayfield has worked with architectural practice Woods Hardwick to submit a detailed scheme for the 44 new homes and a full-size football pitch, which addresses the local needs of the village for enhanced formal sports provision, informed by Hayfield’s engagement with Over Parish Council.

Following thorough analysis of the existing architectural vernacular of Over village, Hayfield has proposed traditional elevations for the zero carbon ready homes, taking specific design cues from properties in the village, including a number of Georgian dwellings. The detailed planning application also proposes shared surfaces across the scheme, which will see the road surface designated as an area for cars and pedestrians to share, ensuring vehicle speeds are kept to a minimum.  

Andy Morris, Managing Director of Hayfield said: “Following on from the success of Hayfield Avenue in nearby Great Gransden, which has recently completed, we have actively targeted Cambridgeshire for further development opportunities. While Hayfield Avenue benefits from air source heat pumps, we will be introducing our zero carbon ready specification to this newly acquired site, ensuring the homes benefit from the highest EPC rating of A. This will enable future residents to significantly lower their carbon footprint and household energy usage.

“We have recently prepared a Reserved Matters Application, which has been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. Subject to planning approval, we propose constructing the mixture of 44 single storey and two storey homes in red and buff brick, to ensure this new development effortlessly blends into this semi-rural traditional village. The £20m Hayfield Lodge scheme will create and safeguard local jobs throughout the construction programme.”

The plans for the Over scheme feature a range of maisonettes, and two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom executive bungalows and houses. The development will be fossil-fuel free, with each home to be installed with an air source heat pump, solar PV panels, energy-efficient underfloor heating, fibre-optic broadband, and an EV charging point. A total of 18 of the plots have been designated for affordable housing.

The plans for Hayfield Lodge include several five-bedroom double-fronted Hanwell and Bourton homes. The room dimensions across the variety of house designs will greatly exceed those typically seen in the market. All homes will have designated parking, with many benefiting from garages. Visitor parking spaces will also be available.

The village of Over has a range of local amenities, including a primary school, village shop, the Admiral Vernon pub, St Mary’s Church, and sports, community, and conference facilities. There are two bus stops very close to the development site on New Road, which is only two miles from J24 of the A14.

Hayfield is currently on site delivering over 400 homes at nine developments across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. The five-year-old company is on track to increase turnover to £150m this year.