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Housing summit pledges affordable homes for Cambridgeshire



The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have held a housing summit to discuss how public and private sector can work together to provide much needed housing to the area.

Builders, developers, and social housing providers met with the authority for a series of presentations by the National Housing Federation and the Homes and Communities Agency, and workshops led by partners from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Housing Association Group, The Housing & Finance Institute, Laragh Homes and David Keeling Consulting.

The ‘Building for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ event was designed to see how to accelerate the delivery of much needed high quality housing in Cambridgeshire.

Cllr Peter Topping, Portfolio Holder of New Homes and Communities for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is crucial that our plans for housing are shaped by the provider partners across the region. By starting the dialogue with key stakeholders at such an early stage, we can inform and shape our ideas and plans with those who will help to accelerate the delivery of our ambitions and establish a stronger and industry-informed strategy. One of the key outcomes of the summit is a commitment from housing providers to support small local housebuilders. This is a real opportunity for high quality affordable homes being delivered more quickly.”



James Palmer, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, said: “I am proud to say that my team and I have delivered another commitment from my 100 day plan. Delivering a summit which brings members of the region’s housing industry together, was a fundamental step in establishing our future plans for the region’s housing needs. We will take stock of the views that have been raised and use these to inform our strategy going forward.”

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