Theresa May has doubled the target to 200,000 homes – but none have yet been completed
SEVERAL sites in Greater Manchester and Lancashire are among the first starter homes to be built on brownfield sites across the country under the Government’s £1.2bn initiative.
The homes in Bury, Trafford, Stockport and South Ribble will be backed with financial support to help more first-time buyers into homes ownership under plans announced by Housing Minister Gavin Barwell.
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The UK government is seeking views on regulations surrounding its flagship Starter Home programme in England and has issued a consultation document.
Under the regulations, which will form part of the Housing and Planning Bill, the government plans to allow build to rent developers to build Starter Homes off-site.
‘We propose that private rented sector developments could contribute to starter home provision and the requirement should be met through an offsite contribution for delivery of starter homes,’ the consultation document says.
Peers from across the political spectrum queued up to voice concern over the government’s policy on starter homes this week during detailed discussion on the Housing and Planning Bill. Ministers promised clarity soon on how the policy will be implemented.
Contributors to five hours of debate on Tuesday warned that the administration’s starter homes initiative would crowd out other forms of housing tenure and hamstring local authorities’ ability to provide for locally determined housing need.
Councils’ ability to choose a mix of home ownership tenures for planning obligations (i.e. shared-ownership or rent-to-buy) was completely fettered by the bill as drafted, complained Liberal Democrat peer Lord Tope.
At the Conservative Party conference, David Cameron pledged to build more affordable homes across the UK.
Under the "starter homes" programme, originally announced a year ago, 200,000 first-time buyers will be able to purchase new houses or flats at a 20% discount.
Relaxed planning rules covering the construction of low cost ‘starter homes’ for local residents could be extended to rural towns and villages in England as part of plans to boost the rural economy which also include moves to make neighbourhood planning more straightforward.
Last week the Treasury and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs unveiled a package of proposals aimed at boosting rural productivity.
A key element would involve amending planning rules to allow so-called ‘starter homes’ to be built on Rural Exception Sites for the first time.
The government has launched a £26m fund for house builders and developers to demonstrate the range of high quality homes appropriate for first-time buyers.
A scheme offering first-time buyers under the age of 40 a discount of at least 20% on newbuild homes is set to go live in the new year, the government announced on Monday.
The Starter Home initiative will offer 100,000 properties at a discount, but the saving will be made possible by changes to the planning system and will come at the cost of affordable housing.
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