Gov: 20% of new homes to be starter homes

Gov: 20% of new homes to be starter homes

Under new government proposals published today, new housing development sites that have 10 or more properties on them will have to make 1 in 5 of those properties a starter home.

Under the new scheme, starter homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount below market value first time buyers under 40 as part of the government’s pledge to build 1 million new homes, including affordable housing for sale, rental and private purchase.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We want to ensure young people who aspire to own their own home can settle down and enjoy the security home ownership brings. This is why we have committed to building 200,000 high quality homes exclusively for first time buyers backed by £2.3 billion government funding to get building underway including on brownfield sites.

Today’s proposals mean starter homes will be built on hundreds of housebuilding sites across the country, encouraging private and affordable housing is built side by side in mixed communities.

The government’s starter homes support package is £2.3bn for a first wave up to 60,000 starter homes, including £1.2bn for brownfield land housebuilding.


Other measures proposed in the consultation include:

- starter homes can only be resold to other first time buyers, at a discount, for 5 to 8 years after purchase; this is to ensure the homes benefit genuine first time buyers and to discourage speculative buying

- restrictions also on sub-letting so starter homes are not buy-to-let opportunities

- allowing joint purchasers where one partner is above 40 and one below to be eligible for a starter home

Also under the proposals injured military personnel and partners of those who lost their lives in service would be eligible for a starter home at any age, rather than see a cut off at age 40.

The move will help this group who may otherwise face issues accessing the starter homes scheme.

Brandon Lewis said: "It’s absolutely right that we provide help and homes for our heroes, that is why we’re proposing that starter homes should be available to injured soldiers and partners of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

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Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

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Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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