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1 Providing affordable housing in the Southern Fringe John Cross Chief Executive bpha Southern Fringe Community Forum 18 th January 2012

2 A brief history Cambridge Challenge competition 2007 [Housing Corporation, English Partnerships and the local authorities] Provision of affordable housing across 3 strategic developments in Cambridgeshire: Southern Fringe [Trumpington Meadows, Clay, Glebe and Bell School] NIAB [Northwest Cambridge] Northstowe Cambridgeshire Partnerships Ltd

3 Cambridgeshire Partnerships Ltd [CPL] A joint venture company – two regionally based housing association shareholders: bpha [majority shareholder] and HCA lead partner Aldwyck Board also includes representatives of local housing associations: Hundred Houses, King Street and Papworth Trust and the City and South Cambridgeshire Councils.

4 Roles and Responsibilities bpha – lead developer and Homes and Communities Agency development partner Our investment partners: Aldwyck, Hundred Houses King Street and Papworth Trust Cambridgeshire Partnerships Ltd will provide management services across all the sites

5 Regional track record

6 Local track record – Shelford Library

7 Our track record Significant HCA development partner (top 20) Specialism in developing major urban extensions and new settlements: Mawsley Village, Northamptonshire Orchard Park, Cambridge Loves Farm, St Neots, Cambridgeshire Wixams, Bedfordshire Commitment to building socially and environmentally sustainable communities

8 Loves Farm

9 Wixams Bedfordshire

10 Orchard Park, Cambridge

11 Our programme Initially c£120m investment in new homes – predominantly Southern Fringe Currently working in partnership with the developers: TMLC Barratts Countryside Skanska All affordable housing integrated into each site and each phase

12 Glebe Farm – tenure plans

13 New homes Around 1 in 3 family homes High quality design – CPL design standards Environmental credentials – code level 4 Passive technology Building for Life Gold Lifetime Homes standard Secure by Design TENURE BLIND

14 Clay Farm - Skanska

15 Potential Programme to 2015 Funding agreed and in place for period to 2015 – commitment and capacity extends beyond 2015 as well! Potential to provide c homes new homes 29% Social rent [Trumpington Meadows only] 36% Affordable rent [c60% market rent] 35% Shared ownership [40% equity sale – 60% rent] Potential for specialist supported housing including older persons

16 Homes for local people CPL will be working with the two authorities to determine who get housed. Local letting plans to meet housing and community needs Coherent and consistent service and approach across all sites through CPL All rented customers initially on probationary tenancies

17 CPL Service Offer Single coherent service with one point of contact offering clarity and consistency for residents and stakeholders irrespective of the asset owner Local service standards developed with stakeholders Accessible services – provision of a 24 hour 365 day reporting and information service Resident engagement and empowerment – a broad approach including a role within the governance structure Co-location – with other neighbourhood service providers; and maximising the value from face to face contact that is programmed and supported by offsite teams

18 CPL Service Offer Support services – ability to offer care and support, on a cross tenure basis, on a commissioned and/or direct purchase basis Community development – a proactive approach; strategic and operational support alongside the work of the two authorities Social enterprise – promotion of local business opportunities for local people Accountability – to the local authorities as place shapers, to residents of the new schemes and those in surrounding communities, and to other key stakeholders

19 CPL Service Offer Offering some services to all residents (subject to viability). The aim here was to avoid labelling affordable tenants and to act as a provider with relevance to the whole community. We recognise that some owners may welcome the ability to purchase services from a menu offered by a not for profit provider Management for others – a service for buy to let owners, or equity investors


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