MP’s de­light at the plans to at­tract new in­vestors

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

I am de­lighted Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will be host­ing a ma­jor con­fer­ence for in­vestors later this month.

Its fo­cus will be on at­tract­ing pri­vate sec­tor money to en­able us to progress with some key re­gen­er­a­tion schemes in the city, in­clud­ing the North West­gate devel­op­ment, the South Bank and Sta­tion Quar­ters.

It’s vi­tal that we have am­bi­tious plans to emerge from the re­ces­sion by at­tract­ing new jobs and busi­nesses to Peter­bor­ough, both in the pub­lic sec­tor and pri­vate en­ter­prise, while the Coali­tion Govern­ment en­deav­ours to tackle the moun­tain of pub­lic sec­tor debt left by the out­go­ing Labour Govern­ment.

a good start has been made with the re­con­fig­u­ra­tion and re­newal of Cathe­dral Square and the new St John’s Square, both of which will be com­pleted by the end of the year.

How­ever, the city coun­cil should also think very hard about its strat­egy of hous­ing growth, pred­i­cated on nu­mer­i­cal tar­gets, with no ev­i­dence of plan­ning in­fra­struc­ture or em­ploy­ment pat­terns over the next 10 or more years.

Now that the Re­gional Spa­tial Strat­egy is gone, it has an op­por­tu­nity to think again about what hous­ing is needed lo­cally, rather than what is forced on us by cen­tral govern­ment.

The Coali­tion Govern­ment has now scrapped the oner­ous rules which force coun­cils to turn down plans for fam­ily homes with gar­dens in favour of de­vel­op­ments of cramped flats and this week an­nounced that “min­i­mum den­sity tar­gets” in­tro­duced by Labour will be aban­doned, to al­low de­vel­op­ers to build larger and more spa­cious prop­er­ties.

The tar­gets, which cur­rently dic­tate that at least 30 homes are built on ev­ery hectare of land, have been crit­i­cised for lead­ing to a pro­fu­sion of high rise blocks con­tain­ing “af­ford­able” apart­ments too small to raise chil­dren.

ar­chi­tects and cam­paign­ers also com­plained the drive to cram more homes into towns and cities was threat­en­ing the char­ac­ter and green spa­ces of ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­hoods. min­is­ters this week con­firmed the den­sity rules are among a host of “med­dling” reg­u­la­tions which will be re­scinded by the new govern­ment.

It’s time Peter­bor­ough worked to its own agenda, showed real civic lead­er­ship and de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for as­pi­ra­tion and ex­cel­lence. Only in that way can we at­tract new peo­ple, new busi­nesses and real eco­nomic growth which will ben­e­fit both cur­rent res­i­dents and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. I hope and be­lieve that Cllr marco Cer­este and the Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion is more than up to the chal­lenge. STE­WART JACK­Son

MP for Peter­bor­ough

BE­LIEF IN THE COUN­CIL: MP Ste­wart Jack­son.

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