North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 44: Should the AAP include PRS as a potential housing option as part of a wider housing mix across the North East Cambridge area?

Representation ID: 33732

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes. There is clear Government support for PRS with Build to Rent now explicitly recognised as a distinct asset class within the private rented sector, and has been defined in the NPPF glossary. PRS provides a means of widening housing choice for tenants, particularly those who may be renting long term, and also to deliver much needed housing within a faster timescale.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 45: if PRS is to be supported, what specific policy requirements should we consider putting in place to manage its provision and to ensure it contributes towards creating a mixed and sustaina

Representation ID: 33733

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Brookgate Land Limited are keen to work with the Council to develop a set of local requirements to inform the development of a PRS scheme at NEC AAP

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 46: Should PRS provide an affordable housing contribution?

Representation ID: 33734

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Consideration should be given to PRS developments where a different approach may be required, such as discounted market rents or off-site contributions toward affordable housing provision. Brookgate Land Limited are keen to work with the Councils to identify ways in which the challenges of delivering good quality private rented accommodation and affordable housing can be met to provide the best economic outcome for Cambridge.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 47: What 'clawback' mechanisms should be included to secure the value of the affordable housing to meet local needs if the homes are converted to another tenure?

Representation ID: 33735

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Clawbacks mechanism should be used on multi-phased developments only where market conditions may change over the life of the project. Projects with shorter build out programmes should not automatically be subject to claw back arrangements as they greatly affect funding streams.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 48: What would be a suitable period to require the retention of private rented homes in that tenure and what compensation mechanisms are needed if such homes are sold into a different tenure

Representation ID: 33736

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

A suitable period would be a maximum of 10 years. No compensation

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 49: What type of management strategy is necessary to ensure high standards of ongoing management of PRS premises is achieved?

Representation ID: 33737

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The PRS model for Phase 1b is proposed to be owned by an institutional investor rented out through an agent or directly. Lease lengths are generally the same as other privately rented housing, but since the landlord is a professional investor, they are keen to keep tenants in place for the long term. This provides tenants with greater long-term stability. The management is undertaken by a professional management company. This PRS property management model gives tenants access to professionally managed property and since the homes are purpose-built for renting, better all-round quality.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 51: Should the AAP apply the national internal residential space standards?

Representation ID: 33738

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

There is no national requirement for authorities to apply national space standards in their area. Space standards are optional. However, Brookgate Land Limited are committed to a PRS scheme that would be designed, constructed and managed to a high quality standard.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 53: Should the AAP apply External Space Standards, and expect all dwellings to have direct access to an area of private amenity space?

Representation ID: 33739

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The AAP should ensure that all dwellings are designed, constructed and managed to a high quality standard. External space standards could apply where the viability of development is not compromised.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 54: Should the AAP apply the Cambridge Local Plan accessibility standards?

Representation ID: 33740

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The AAP should ensure that all dwellings are designed, constructed and managed to a high quality standard. External space standards could apply where the viability of development is not compromised.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 55: Do you agree with the range of considerations that the AAP will need to have regard to in planning for new retail and town centre provision in the North East Cambridge area? Are there oth

Representation ID: 33741

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes, In order for the regeneration of the NEC area to be successful the required services and facilities must be provided. This will require collaborative strategies between key stakeholders and will be easier to achieve on sites such as Phase 1b, where large areas can be brought forward by relatively few stakeholders, simplifying the planning and engagement process. The delivery of such services and facilities is essential to ensure the creation of a vibrant, mixed use neighbourhood, as set out in the proposed vision.

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