Mayor James Palmer has welcomed the signing of a funding agreement between Chorus Homes, part of the Places for People Group, and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, which will provide 14 social rented houses across seven schemes in the region. The Combined Authority has contributed £618,800 to support the provision of affordable properties, as part of the £100m that the Authority committed to spend on affordable homes in the Devolution Deal.
Mayor Palmer visited the Bluntisham Road site in Needingworth to celebrate the progress that had been made since the scheme started on site in November 2019. £290,000 will be spent on 7 homes in this location, which will be completed in December 2020. Bluntisham Road is a rural exception scheme, which prioritises local people for letting, fulfilling the Mayor’s ambition to provide homes for residents of the region who cannot afford rising property prices.
Mayor Palmer said “I am extremely pleased to see the progress that has been made on this scheme, and to work with Chorus Homes to deliver it by the end of the year. There is a huge shortage of high quality affordable homes in the region, especially in rural areas, and we are absolutely committed to finding innovative ways to provide properties in the communities that so desperately need them. We want to ensure that local people can live close to where they work, in properties that they can afford to rent or buy; Chorus are delivering exactly these homes and we are proud to support the scheme.”
Nigel Finney, Chorus Homes Group Managing Director, said “We are delighted to provide 14 new homes in Needingworth, as part of our commitment to deliver high quality affordable homes in rural communities in Cambridgeshire. These homes will be for local people who find it difficult to buy or rent in villages where they can be priced out of the market. We are grateful for grant funding from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and support from Huntingdonshire District Council.”
Mayor Palmer was joined in his visit by Cllr Jon Neish, Nigel Finney, Cllr Michael Williamson, Eleanor Jackman, Lucy Smith and site manager Jake Betts. The Combined Authority will deliver 2000 affordable homes in the region by March 2022, including social rent, shared ownership and the new £100K Homes initiative.