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Progress builds on Combined Authority housing plans

Eleven affordable housing schemes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to receive a cash injection to accelerate the delivery of housing in the area.

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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) will meet this week to agree £4.56 million of grant funding to 11 schemes for 253 affordable new homes split across all the partner local authorities.

All schemes are expected to start on site before the end of March 2018, with a number of projects commencing before the end of this year.

The funding includes one site in Fenland - Cross Keys Homes' Snowley Park scheme for 36 new homes in Whittlesey.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Will Sutton, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Planning, said the funding would be able to deliver affordable housing where viability issues have been demonstrated.

He said: "This crucial funding means developers can push ahead with the construction of much-needed affordable homes in Fenland. Working in close partnership with Cross Keys Homes, I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of the Snowley Park scheme and the changes it will bring to the area.

"Following on from the grants awarded to progress the Wisbech Garden Town proposal and other projects across the county, this shows the positive impact that the Mayor and the Combined Authority are having on our community and those throughout Cambridgeshire."

The Combined Authority portfolio holder for new homes and communities, and Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Peter Topping, said: "These 11 sites are the start of our ambition to do something radical to support people's housing needs. By committing an initial £4.56m of grant funding, we will allow developers to forge ahead with the delivery of the much needed homes in our area."

The Combined Authority also hosted a housing summit with developers, builders and providers on Monday, July 24, to consider how the private and public sector can work together to accelerate and sustain the delivery of 100,000 homes over the next 20 years.

Mayor for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, James Palmer, said: "Housing is one of the most important elements of my 100 day plan. I wanted to ensure that we hit the ground running with vital provision and funding so that local people can see how seriously we are taking the problems they are facing today.

"It's equally important to meet with developers, builders and providers who will be instrumental in helping us achieve our ambitious long term targets. By starting the conversation now, we can ensure that the development of the Combined Authority's strategy for housing delivery is informed by the region's industry specialists."

The Combined Authority received a £100m housing and infrastructure fund from Central Government to deliver new affordable homes over a five-year period in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. This includes the delivery of affordable rented and shared ownership housing.

Cambridge has received a separate ring-fenced £70m grant fund to build more council rented homes in the city.

Article added: July 24, 2017