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Cambridge City Council vote to consult on the proposal

(10-10-16)

The results of the survey on Devolution are now available and will be discussed tonight at Strategy and Resources Committee and again at a specially constituted full council meeting.

 

The labour party supported the motion put to the full council held 27-6-16 on devolution and the provision of funding to provide 500 council Homes.  The LibDems did not support the motion nor the proposal to accept funding for 500 Council Homes.

See below for fuller details

 

(9-6-16) TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON DEVOLUTION DEAL

CONSULTATION starts today (8 July) on proposals for a new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal that would see hundreds of new council homes built in Cambridge.

Residents, businesses, students and other people are being urged to take this opportunity to put forward their views on the proposals.

Cambridge City Council agreed to support the government’s proposals for a deal on 28 June and other councils in the proposed deal area have now also given their support. 

The consultation will run from 8 July to 23 August after which the results will be reviewed and a final decision made by the councils.

The deal would see the transfer of a range of resources and powers for infrastructure, housing, economic development, employment and skills from the government to a combined authority comprising representatives of the seven councils across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The creation of an elected mayor is also a part of the devolution deal proposals. This mayor would chair the combined authority and all residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough would be able to vote to elect them.

The devolution deal would include two new funding streams that would hasten the delivery of affordable housing:

 

  1. £70million over five years, ring-fenced to the city council, for a ‘Cambridge Housing Plan’ which the council would spend on its plans for over 500 new council homes to help tackle the city’s housing affordability crisis. The city council would use some £10million of this fund to replace any of the 500 homes subsequently sold through the Right to Buy scheme. 

  2. A further £100million affordable housing fund over five years for affordable homes across the proposed combined authority area, with a mix of tenures including affordable rented and low cost home ownership. In recognition of its high levels of growth and difficult housing market conditions, a substantial proportion of this funding would be directed at the Greater Cambridge area with delivery of the homes likely to be through housing associations;

 

There would also be a new £20million annual fund for the next 30 years (£600million) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “We support the devolution deal for many reasons, but the biggest by far is the extra funding for new affordable housing for rent.

“We negotiated hard and won agreement to millions of pounds to build at least 500 new council homes in Cambridge plus hundreds of extra additional housing association rental homes for Greater Cambridge, helping councils to take big strides forward in tackling the massive local housing affordability crisis.

“It’s really important that local people, organisations and businesses take a hard look at what is being put forward and use the consultation to tell us what they think - I would urge everyone to take this opportunity to put their point of view across by the August deadline.

“All of the comments we receive back will be considered by councils in the autumn, and by the new national government team, whose clear support will also be vital before the devolution deal can be confirmed.”

The consultation with lots of supporting information that explains the proposed deal in more depth is available at www.cambridge.gov.uk/devolution.

 

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Notes for editors:

 

  1. The deal has been negotiated with government by Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

  2. Contacts

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour group), Leader of Cambridge City Council, email:lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 07748 536153

 

Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat group), Opposition spokesperson, email:tim.bick@btinternet.com, tel: 07720 413173

 

Cllr John Hipkin, (Independent/ Green group), Opposition spokesperson, email:castleindependent@gmail.com, tel: 01223 564126

 

Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive, email: antoinette.jackson@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 01223 457001

 

 

(27-6-16) COUNCIL AGREES TO SUPPORT DEVOLUTION DEAL FOR MORE HOMES

CAMBRIDGE City Council has agreed to support the government’s proposals for a new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal that would see hundreds of new council homes built in Cambridge.

 

At a special meeting of the full council (Monday 27 June) councillors agreed the deal which will also be debated by other councils in the proposed deal area.

 

If the plans are supported by the other councils there will be a consultation with residents and employers from 4 July to 22 August, in advance of any final decision being made.


The deal covers the potential transfer of a wide range of resources and powers for infrastructure, housing, economic development, employment and skills from the government to a combined authority of the seven councils, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Local Enterprise Partnership.


The devolution deal proposes two new funding sources to boost the delivery of affordable housing in Greater Cambridge:

 

  1. A £70million fund for a ‘Cambridge Housing Plan’ over five years, ring-fenced to the city council, which  the council will spend on its plans for over 500 new council homes to help tackle the city’s housing affordability crisis. Some £10million of this fund would be available to the city council to replace any of those 500 homes subsequently sold through the Right to Buy scheme. 

  2. A parallel second £100million affordable housing fund over five years to deliver affordable homes across the proposed combined authority area, with a mix of tenures to include affordable rented and low cost home ownership.  A substantial proportion of this funding would be directed at the Greater Cambridge area, in recognition of its high levels of growth and difficult housing market conditions. It is likely that delivery would be primarily through housing associations.

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “The devolution deal that we have agreed to support and share for public consultation would bring desperately needed new homes to Cambridge, helping us to ensure that people get the homes they need and deserve and to secure the future growth of the city’s economy.

 

“We have a housing affordability crisis in the city that requires strong action and we have negotiated hard with government to secure millions of pounds for investment in new homes, putting housing at the centre of the devolution deal.”

 

“It will now be for residents and businesses to have their say on the proposals in a public consultation and I would urge everyone to take this opportunity to put their point of view across.

 

“We will consider all of the comments we receive during the consultation, along with those of the new national government leaders, before deciding whether or not to confirm our initial support for the devolution plans.”

 

The deal would also see the creation of an elected mayor to chair the combined authority who would have specific powers, particularly over transport.

 

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Notes for editors:

 

 

  1. 1.     ‘Cambridge Housing Fund’ within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Plan Subject to agreement on the devolution deal. Detail below agreed between Cambridge City Council and the government, also working with the seven council Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution team:

 

  • £70m grant to be made available to Cambridge City Council, for it to use to build new council housing. 

  • At least £60m of the grant to deliver the 500 new council homes in Cambridge by the city council will spend the grant over a five year period on social rented homes(defined as rents at Local Housing Allowance levels). 

  • £10m of the grant will be available to the city council to replace any of the 500 homes subsequently sold through the Right to Buy. 

  • The city council will combine the funding with Right to Buy receipts in its control. 

 

  • The city council has already identified potential sites and will develop a detailed delivery plan.

  • The new housing will be owned and managed through the council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and will be let as secure local authority tenancies.

  • Delivery of the new homes will be undertaken in close liaison with South Cambridgeshire District Council in relation to their complementary affordable housing programme and through the Greater Cambridge Housing Development Agency, the shared housing delivery vehicle operated by the two Councils.
     
  • The city council will have the freedom to choose the extent that it provides the new homes on land that it owns or land owned by others (including through section 106 planning agreements).

  • The grant will be made available to the city council through the new Combined Authority. 

  • The grant is separate and in addition to a £100m affordable housing grant in the Devolution Agreement for non-council Cambridgeshire and Peterborough housing for affordable rent and shared ownership housing to be provided via housing associations, including a particular focus on delivering this in South Cambridgeshire and Greater Cambridge.

  • Issues relating to government plans for ‘higher value sales’, affecting Cambridge council housing, were not addressed in the devolution discussions and will be the subject of further discussion between the Government and councils, including with Cambridge City Council.



  1. Reports presented to council committees are available on the council’s website:http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieDocHome.aspx;

  2. Contacts

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour group), Leader of Cambridge City Council, email:lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 07748 536153

 

Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat group), Opposition spokesperson, email:tim.bick@btinternet.com, tel: 07720 413173

 

Cllr John Hipkin, (Independent/ Green group), Opposition spokesperson, email:castleindependent@gmail.com, tel: 01223 564126

 

Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive, email: antoinette.jackson@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 01223 457001

 

Cambridge News three articles one and two and three

The Devolution Document from Government to be considered in public by Full Council 27th June 1800 Guild Hall.

 

The Press Release  17 June, 2016

CAMBRIDGE City Council will consider the government’s proposals for a new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal at a special meeting of the full council on Monday 27 June at 6pm.     lewisherbert.jpg

Along with a Peterborough City Council meeting that evening, these will be the first of seven council meetings to decide on devolution and a new mayor.

If the plans are supported by the councils, there would be a July to September consultation with residents and employers across the city before any final decision is made on the deal.

The proposed deal covers the potential transfer of a wide range of resources and powers for infrastructure, housing, economic development, employment and skills from the government to a combined authority of the seven councils, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

It also proposes the creation of an elected mayor to chair the combined authority who would have specific powers, particularly over transport.

The devolution deal proposes two new funding sources to boost the delivery of affordable housing in Greater Cambridge:

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  • £70million fund for a ‘Cambridge Housing Plan’ over five years, ring-fenced to the city council, which  the council will spend on its plans for over 500 new council homes to help tackle the city’s housing affordability crisis.
    (see bullet point summary also attached)
  • A parallel second £100m affordable housing fund over five years to deliver affordable homes across the proposed combined authority area with a mix of tenures to include affordable rented and low cost home ownership.  A substantial proportion of this funding would be directed at the Greater Cambridge area, in recognition of its high levels of growth and difficult  housing market conditions. It is likely that delivery would be primarily through housing associations.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “It was vital for us that the discussion on a devolution deal was on this more local geography to give Cambridge a say and its challenges priority, and we welcome the fact that the strength of our case has been recognised in the revised proposals. 

“Alongside proposinging genuine devolution opportunities based on the Greater Cambridge/ Greater Peterborough area, the focus of our work, and at the centre of the Council’s decision a week Monday, will be the city’s housing affordability crisis and the need for new council housing in Cambridge recognised in a ‘Cambridge Housing Plan’, and in the second, wider affordable housing investment plan for in housing association projects in Greater Cambridge and across the county.”

Commenting on the ‘Cambridge Housing Plan’ in the proposed deal, Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “In our discussions with government we have always been clear that the city council’s priority is to have the freedoms and funding to tackle the housing affordability crisis that threatens to limit Cambridge’s future growth and success, and secure the future viability of council housing for our tenants

 

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“Our detailed analysis of the housing market in Cambridge has enabled us to provide the government with convincing evidence of the important role social rented housing can play in addressing the housing needs of the city, to enable and sustain its growth, which is also vital to the national economy.

“This fund, if agreed by the full Council, would enable the city council to start on the largest council house building programme in Cambridge in the last 40 years. It would provide hundreds of badly needed high quality new homes at truly affordable rent levels for those who live and work in Cambridge.

“Over time, the rent from these new homes will also enable us to invest in further house building. The debate with all councillors a week Monday will rightly cover all aspects of the devolution deal offer but I am pleased that our strong defence of council housing has resulted in a very favourable housing offer.”

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What Cambridge Evening News has to say

Notes for editors:

 release website

 

  1. Reports presented to council committees are available on the council’s website: http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieDocHome.aspx;
  2. Contacts

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour group), Leader of Cambridge City Council, email: lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 07748 536153

 

Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat group), Opposition spokesperson, email: tim.bick@btinternet.com, tel: 07720 413173

 

Cllr John Hipkin, (Independent/ Green group), Opposition spokesperson, email: castleindependent@gmail.com, tel: 01223 564126

 

Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive, email: antoinette.jackson@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 01223 457001

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