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North-West Cambridgeshire MP Sir Brian Mawhinney (right) starts his tour


The importance of attracting more government money to build urgently needed affordable rented homes in Peterborough was explained to North-West Cambridgeshire MP Sir Brian Mawhinney when he made a fact-finding tour of some of the city's established housing areas and new developments on Friday 14 February.

The tour - arranged by Peterborough-based Nene Housing Society - focussed on the work being done by the society to provide energy-efficient new homes, improve older properties and regenerate communities.

Nene chief executive Mark Rogers said: "Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has just announced his 'Sustainable Communities' strategy to build thousands of more rented homes in the South-East of England, with a good deal of the additional funding going to areas such as London-Stansted, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

"Peterborough's housing needs should be reviewed in the context of major growth in Cambridge and the wider South-East region and we continue to work with the City Council to make the case for increased grant funding for more, quality affordable housing in Peterborough. We are also working on some exciting developments that fulfil the government's requirement for future homes to meet high environmental standards."

Sir Brian began his tour with a briefing meeting with Nene chairman Sarfraz Khan and deputy chairman George Berry at the society's offices in Lincoln Road. He then visited several city areas where Nene is leading new initiatives to improve living conditions for local people. These included:

  • Salaam Court, a recent development off Cobden Avenue, in Central Ward, which provides homes for members of the local Asian community. 

  • Paston, where Nene has 300 properties and is leading a 750,000 multi-agency community renewal project called 'Energy for Paston'. Nene is currently working on the third phase of an environmental improvement programme for the 20-year-old properties.

  • A new development of 16 energy-efficient homes at Highclere Close, Hampton Hargate, where roof tiles incorporate photo-voltaic cells to convert solar energy into electricity. Nene is planning a further 26 homes at Hampton Hargate and has submitted a bid for funding for 30 more.

  • A recently completed development of 25 homes at Mitchell Close, Bishop's Road, Peterborough, where some residents transferring from Council properties believe high standards of insulation and lower rents will save them 500 a year.

"Peterborough urgently needs more good quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of key workers and others whose household income means they cannot afford to buy their own homes," said Mr Rogers. "We need to ensure this area is given due recognition in the regional housing strategy."

A recent independent survey conducted by the National Housing Federation revealed that Nene scored 87 per cent for overall tenant satisfaction compared with a national average of just 77 per cent. Nene exceeded national and regional averages by a wide margin in categories such as value for money (87 per cent), accommodation (90 per cent), repairs and maintenance (88 per cent) and all aspects of communication with tenants.

Nene Housing Society was formed in 1973 and owns 3,000 homes in Peterborough, Northampton, Huntingdon, Fenland and South Lincolnshire. It plans to build a further 100 homes this year.

February 2003

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