Why North West Cambridge is a model for building on the green belt

North West Cambridge Development 1

This £1bn development is Cambridge university’s answer to a critical housing shortage for its students and staff. But instead of getting the private sector to build for it, the university has taken on the role of developer itself

Cambridge university has a problem. In the last academic year the world-famous institution’s accommodation service received between 12,000 and 14,000 enquiries from staff and post-graduate students looking for somewhere to live in the city. And yet the university only has access to 360 properties in which to house them, many of which are not even owned by the university but are individual flats or houses leased from the private sector.

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