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Housing strategy approved in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Words: Laura Edgar
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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) has approved housing plans that include a cash boost for 11 affordable housing schemes across the region to accelerate housing delivery.

The long-term strategy for housing for the region aims to support the combined authority’s ambition to deliver over 100,000 new homes by 2037.

Strategy objectives include delivering 40,000 affordable homes, supporting new types of building construction, such as modular homes, and helping to boost small and medium sized enterprises by exploring ways to make sites more financially viable.

The combined authority £4.56 million of grant funding to go towards 11 schemes that are expected to deliver 253 affordable homes. All 11 schemes are expected to be under construction before the end of March 2018.

Peter Topping, CPCA portfolio holder for new homes and communities, and leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We know that housing, together with skills and infrastructure, are critical to maintaining growth and prosperity in the region. Our strategy is to accelerate house building, that is a given, but also to build houses that are of good quality, in communities where people want to live. We are committed to creating healthy and sustainable communities.”

James Palmer, mayor for the region, added: “We believe that our approach to housing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough requires a short and long-term plan. This allows us to tackle the problems we face at the moment, whilst planning for the future needs of our area. The targets set for the combined authority are ambitious and will require working with partners both in the private and public sector to deliver this ambition.”

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