Our Business Plan

Our business plan promises

Putting the heart into South Cambridgeshire by

We will support businesses of all sizes, including rural enterprise and farming, to help create new jobs and opportunities near to where people live and support the local economy to recover
post-pandemic. 

Actions 2021 to 2022

  • Support Businesses through COVID-19 with help, advice and support for a green recovery that enables them to survive, adapt and grow, and to respond flexibly as the national and local situation develops.
  • Help start-ups, home-based businesses and those moving into South Cambridgeshire to find workspace.
  • Deliver support to start-ups and small businesses that is not available elsewhere to help them grow, create new local jobs and deal with the impacts of Brexit.
  • Promote the area and Enterprise Zones to retain businesses and attract new ones which will protect and create local jobs.
  • Identify gaps in the land and premises available for businesses as an input to our new Local Plan.

Ongoing objectives

  • Support major employers to help homes and jobs be closer together or linked through high quality public transport, walking and cycling routes.
  • Work with parish councils and village-based businesses to support local economies and communities throughout the pandemic and beyond.
  • Work with the Police through the Community Safety Partnership to tackle crime impacting rural businesses.
  • Encourage local people to use their shops and food outlets so that high streets are retained and expanded wherever possible and business survive post-pandemic.
  • Provide information and advice to help businesses to understand the benefits of generating their own energy, improving their energy efficiency, increasing water and waste recycling.
  • Work with major employers to design and support increased housing for Essential and Key Workers.
  • Work with the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Inward Investment (Growth) Service to ensure Inward investment into our region remains a priority.
  • Continue to be the voice and advocate for South Cambridgeshire businesses with wider partners and networks (including our Joint Local Plan) and ensure we are adequately represented in key economic policy/decision-making initiatives.
  • Support Green Council initiatives, ensuring our business community is able, willing and geared up to delivering 2021 to 2050 net zero This includes helping with apprenticeship, skills and training support as appropriate.

Achievements 2020 to 2021

  • Ongoing provision of monthly webinars/training serving the needs and wants of our local business community (for example, how to work with the council, mental health for small business owners, diversifying your business model, navigating planning, becoming a green business and so on).
  • Providing business support to 100 businesses plus.
  • Generated almost £2.5 million from investments and agreed an investment strategy to do even more.
  • Distribution of £30 Million in government grants to support businesses through the Pandemic.
  • Over £2 million in grants paid out to support local Public Houses.

We will build vibrant communities in locations where people have good access to facilities and transport links, so they can genuinely afford to lead a happy and healthy life.

Actions 2021 to 2022

  • Increase the number of Council homes each year to support people on lower incomes. These will include high energy standards and renewable energy.
  • Work with local people to set out where and how new homes and communities will be built across the Greater Cambridge area.
  • Create and continue to run liaison meetings and forums where significant new developments are being planned to minimise disruption and help new residents settle in.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of existing Council housing to reduce carbon impact and running costs.
  • Deliver a new sports pavilion, community centre and civic hub (containing health, library and community facilities) at Northstowe.

Ongoing objectives

  • Support the delivery of more affordable housing – including through Combined Authority funding.
  • Promote Neighbourhood Plans and encourage our communities to develop them.
  • Support self-builders to build high quality homes.
  • Focus on the health and wellbeing of our communities through everything we do, in line with our Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • Provide advice and support to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable people in line with our Homelessness Action Plan.
  • Provide dedicated support to people in receipt of Universal Credit and other welfare support.
  • Work with national, regional and local partners to support the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Support the self-build community to identify and develop sites across the district. 

Achievements 2020 to 2021

  • Completed 71 new Council houses and remain on track to double the number of homes we will build each year by 2024.
  • Signed contracts to deliver over 150 new Council houses.
  • Targeted people who are normally underrepresented in consultations to make sure their voice is heard by going to where they are to talk to them, rather than expect them to come to us.
  • Invested over £1.5 million in our Council houses to make them more energy efficient.
  • Supported around 1,000 people on benefits who moved to Universal Credit, including providing funding for a coach to help people into work.
  • Identified housing for 5 refugee families.
  • Agreed a Homeless Strategy to target support to those in the greatest need.
  • Granted outline planning permission for the first phase of a new town north of Waterbeach.
  • Completed detailed planning guidance for how the new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield will develop.
  • Ensured vulnerable tenants were given the support they needed, and linked into other services available, to help them cope during the pandemic.

We will create a cleaner, greener and zero-carbon future for our communities.

Actions 2021 to 2022

  • In response to the global climate crisis we will continue to work towards a zero-carbon future by 2050.
  • Work with partners to protect and enhance the environment with the aim of doubling nature.
  • Retrofit our Council Commercial Property including South Cambs Hall with renewable energy generation and energy efficiency measures.
  • Continue to transition to Electric recycling and waste vehicles, including the investigation of on-site solar panel energy generation.
  • Support Parish Council and community group projects to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, move toward the zero-carbon target and help Double Nature through habitat enhancement, advisory support for community land acquisition, local green space designation and tree-planting.
  • Upgrade our stock of 1,800 streetlights to LED, which will reduce energy consumption and save Parish Councils money.
  • Agree and deliver our strategy and actions needed to protect and improve the air quality of our district.
  • Improve recycling and reduce waste at community events.
  • Run an information campaign to help reduce the amount of food waste in the black bin.
  • Reduce the amount of non-recyclable household waste collected.

Ongoing objectives

  • Promote walking, cycling and public transport improvements through planning decisions and by working with local communities and partners.
  • Influence the planning of new major transport routes, such as the proposed East West rail line, to ensure the environment is fully considered and a net gain to natural capital is delivered.
  • Support home owners to upgrade historic building environmental performance through planning advice and guidance.
  • Promote effective implementation of supplementary planning guidance supporting low carbon developments.
  • Strengthen the ability for local communities to deliver on local environmental ambitions and priorities included in the Zero Carbon and Doubling Nature Strategies.
  • Work with communities and partners to combat environmental crimes, such as fly-tipping.
  • Reduce waste and raise awareness by promoting recycling.
  • Deter fly-tipping at locations where it happens frequently.
  • Encourage the expansion of electric vehicle charging points across our sub-contractors and partners.
  • Explore the expansion of electric vehicle charging points in sheltered housing schemes.

Achievements 2020 to 2021

  • Held a local Climate Summit.
  • Provide £100,000 to community and voluntary groups through the Zero Carbon Communities grant and support.
  • Completion of all non-HRA street lights upgrade to LED.
  • Achieve 60% reduction in energy consumption of streetlighting for Parish Councils (quarter 4).
  • Awarded around £300,000 of funding to help local communities – including launching our new zero carbon grant scheme.
  • Ran an anti-fly tipping campaign that reached over 40,000 people.
  • Expanded our commercial waste to deliver an extra £50,000 income.
  • Improved the way we plan our street sweeping and introduced a system so residents know when we will be coming to their area.
  • Created a new planning document that encourages development to be more environmentally friendly.
  • One electric bin lorry and 2 small electric vans operating on fleet.
  • We have also installed 4 additional charge points for staff/visitors at Waterbeach depot.

We will provide our customers with high-quality services, strive to reduce costs, build on what we are good at to generate our own income and make decisions in a transparent, open and inclusive way.

Actions 2021 to 2022

  • Make sure that the Council is structured and appropriately resourced to deliver the ambitions of our communities.
  • Review recruitment processes to attract and retain the best talent and ensure that we are an employer of choice.
  • Generate income through delivering the Council’s investment strategy.
  • Make it easier for customers to access and carry out transactions online.
  • Council and committee meetings will be run paper-free wherever possible.
  • Work with communities to tackle issues that are affecting them locally.
  • Ensuring that our homes are safe places for our tenants and their families.

Ongoing objectives

  • Expand and grow our commercial services.
  • Provide grants to community and voluntary groups to help them carry out projects to benefit local people and the environment.
  • Develop and support Councillors and officers to ensure that they can best serve our communities.
  • Create an organisational culture to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Recognise the potential implications for those struggling with ‘Long COVID-19’ in our communities, and offer support working with our parish councils and community groups, wherever required.

Achievements 2020 to 2021

  • Worked with public sector partners and a network of parish councils and voluntary groups to support the most vulnerable people in the district and our businesses throughout the response phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Successfully filled at least 70% of jobs advertised through first round of recruitment.
  • Completed and analysed an annual staff satisfaction survey and reviewed our benefits package.
  • Updated and published the council’s Equality Scheme.
  • Achieved Level 1 of the Disability confident standard.

 

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