Building homes

We plan to build 900 more new homes over the next three years to play our part in ending the national housing crisis.

To achieve this, we use a mixed procurement approach where design and quality are always key to any new homes we build. As a result, we are able to deliver our own new build schemes and buy new homes from developers on sites where much needed, truly affordable homes are being built.

These include:

Social rent

Social rented homes are usually about
50% of the local market rent.

Affordable rent

Affordable rent homes are usually
about 80% of the local market rent.

Shared ownership

An affordable way to buy a home, where you own a percentage of the property and pay rent on the other percentage.

Specialist accommodation

This includes housing for over 55s or for
adults with learning disabilities

Quince Court in Sandy

We also deliver other tenures such as market rent and market sale homes. These support our affordable delivery as well as offering a range of homes for different households and incomes to create balanced new communities. 

A map showing the operating area of Grand Union, spanning across the Oxford to Cambridge arc

Partnership working

To help build these new homes, we work together with a number of key partners:

  • A range of national and more local developers and contractors
  • Homes England – we secure grant to help deliver our affordable new homes. We also manage a grant consortium of other local Registered Providers, supporting them to access grant and deliver 
  • Key stakeholders and local authorities 

We also work with other housing providers to manage their stock.

Our Land team is always looking for development opportunities across our region, including:

  • Section 106 affordable homes opportunities 
  • Land opportunities – whether you own land or are working with landowners 
  • Agriculture land on the edge of settlements 

Contact the team to discuss any of these in more detail.

Geoff Evans

Land & Partnership Manager
[email protected] 

Joff Lord

Land Manager
[email protected]


The policy environment is driving enhanced sustainability requirements alongside building regulation changes. Our New Homes Strategy reinforces this approach.

New homes are being built to higher environmental and suitability requirements. Many include sustainability enhancements such as:

  • electric vehicle charging
  • solar or PV panels
  • water butts
  • sanitary ware with water saving devices 
  • cycle storage to promote sustainable travel methods.

We also consider sustainability, ecology and use of resources within the neighbourhoods and environments we create.

Our developments

Here are some of the homes we’ve recently completed