CIP pledges

The community investment pledges are the promises we have made on the CIP projects. We have also developed a set of sales and marketing principles for private homes developed by CIP.

Homes

  • Council homes will not be auctioned.
  • There will be no net loss of council homes in Camden - more homes will be built under the CIP.
  • Council tenancies will be secure. This means that council tenants will remain Camden council tenants if they want to.
  • Despite government plans to introduce 'flexible tenancies' and market rents Camden believes in council housing and has indicated that it does not want short-term tenancy conditions in Camden.
  • Our firm rule is that council homes should not be replaced by housing association flats. A possible exception is where a void property is too expensive to repair.
  • Camden tenants will not be moved out of the borough during regeneration and will be given priority on new council flats built.
  • Tenants will have a key role in the design of new flats, which will replace ones which are old, damp, have poor electrics and heating.
  • Leaseholders will be compensated for loss of their property at market value plus 10%.
  • New homes will be covered by the council rents policy, so there will be no change to the existing payment structure agreed with tenant representatives annually.
  • Residents will receive financial support to help move.
  • We will build private homes to fund regeneration with early marketing to local people and key workers.
  • We are creating mixed developments of social housing, low cost home ownership and private homes because we want to maintain Camden’s unique social mix and ensure the borough remains a place for everyone. 

Schools 

  • The CIP will make over £117 million available to schools and children’s centres, including voluntary aided schools. This will go some way to meeting the £200 million of government cuts to school building projects. 
  • Improving the physical condition of school buildings and making sure Camden has enough school places will be the highest priorities. 
  • We are working with a number of schools on redevelopment projects; some have work funded by the development of other uses such as housing on, or nearby the school site. Where this happens, we work with the governing bodies to consider all the options. 

Community facilities

  • Where community facilities are being rebuilt as a result of the sale or transfer of council-owned buildings or land, we pledge to consult first and, where possible develop a solution with the local community that works for all.
  • Although we can’t guarantee that all of the money raised from sales or development will be recycled immediately back into the same neighbourhood, all of the money will help to rebuild schools, council homes and other facilities in the borough, to benefit the whole community.
  • We are working with local organisations to look at how community buildings can be better used, such as sharing space. This will give them more flexibility in the way they work and really make the most of the facilities that are available for local people.
  • We aim to use these projects as a way to improve neighbourhoods and the local environment by redeveloping run-down facilities or land. 

Value for money 

  • The CIP will get value for taxpayers’ money by selling out-of-date buildings that are expensive to maintain and would otherwise waste money through planned and unplanned repairs. 
  • We will ensure that CIP funded repairs and redevelopment will have strict value for money criteria to ensure projects are completed on time and to high standard. 
  • We recognise the importance of ensuring that Camden taxpayers’ assets need to be developed with the long-term interests of local people in mind. 

Consultation 

  • Consultation makes a difference to CIP projects. There are lots of examples across the borough where we have significantly changed schemes as a direct result of feedback from residents. 
  • Local knowledge is key to getting CIP schemes right. While we need to find ways to make money to reinvest, we are working with local people on how, when and where sale or redevelopment of community facilities and housing will take place. 
  • If necessary we will help the community to set up local groups or partnerships to get local people involved in consultations about the future of their area or facilities.