Meeting Mayor James Palmer during her visit to Cambridgeshire yesterday, housing minister Esther McVey said she believed that successful development demanded infrastructure be put into place before homes themselves are built.
The minister was visiting Northstowe where Homes England, the Government’s housing agency, officially opens its office on the site where the new town is being built.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor James Palmer Cambridgeshire welcomed the visit as an opportunity to update the Minister on progress of some of the Combined Authority’s priorities.
Mayor Palmer said:
“This visit is the latest in a series of excellent fact-finding trips by senior politicians. It’s important that we’re able to show Westminister what we’re doing here in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. We’re always pleased to get ministerial visits because we need their support in developing and funding big projects. I had a good meeting with the Minister and updated her on some of our most innovative projects – CAM Metro, the £100k house for first-time buyers, and Community Land Trusts.
The Combined Authority’s driving purpose is to create the infrastructure which will help communities thrive – road, rail and bus links that regenerate and connect people to education, jobs and social life, and form the base for affordable housing that works.”