Playing the property game

By Rachel Duke | 05 May 2015

‘This would be up there with the top five hardest jobs I’ve ever been given’ was the view of planning portfolio holder councillor Robert Turner on the penultimate Local Government Challenge for 2015, at South Cambridgeshire DC.

With only nine contestants left in this year’s competition to find the brightest aspiring local government leaders of the future, the heat was on in the battle for the Bruce Lockhart £10,000 scholarship.

Down at Orchard Park, one of South Cambridgeshire’s recent housing developments, it wasn’t just the balmy April sunshine causing teams Aspire and Catalyst to break into a sweat. Jo Mills, director of planning and new communities, stunned both teams into silence as she unveiled their fourth challenge – to develop proposals for a new model of affordable housing, and a campaign to encourage local employers to invest in homes for their workforces. And all in under 24 hours.

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