Homes scheme will be a boost

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I welcome the new scheme offering 100,000 first-time buyers new homes with a 20 per cent discount which was announced by the Prime Minister recently and hope that Calderdale Council supports and promotes the scheme.

Under the new scheme aspiring home owners will be asked to register their interest in buying via the Starter Home initiative from the start of next year.

Many of the country’s leading house builders and councils are already looking at sites that could be used for new homes.

The government is setting out how the scheme will work with a change to the planning system to free under-used or unviable brownfield land from planning costs and levies in return for a below market value sale price on the homes built on the site.

Developers and councils are being asked to respond to the proposals to ensure the changes will unlock a range of sites across the country.

A total of 100,000 homes will be available to first time buyers under 40 as part of the Starter Homes initiative – and work on the first raft will start next year.

Helping more people realise their dreams of home ownership and getting Britain building is a vital part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain and give hard working people economic security.

Hardworking young people want to plan for the future and enjoy the security of being able to own their own home

Under this scheme, first-time buyers will be offered the chance of a 20 per cent discount, unlocking home ownership for a generation.

This is all part of our Conservative long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain, making sure we are backing those who work hard and get on in life.

By Councillor Graham Hall (Hipp/Light, Con)