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Starter Home Land Fund Partnerships announced 05/01/2017

Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, announced the first wave of 30 local authority partnerships selected to deliver Starter Homes on brownfield sites under the government's Starter Homes Land Fund.

 

These partnerships have been established under the government's £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund. The Fund was set up to prepare suitable land for quality starter home developments which can be built on by developers or through accelerated construction by 2020.

 

These new developments will also support the wider growth and regeneration of local areas, including some town centre sites. The first places will begin construction later this year with support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

 

Starter Homes built under these partnerships will be built exclusively for first-time buyers between 23 and 40 years old at a discount of at least 20% below market value.

 

The £1.2 billion Starter Home Land Fund was established in April 2016 to support the acquisition, remediation and de-risking of further suitable land for starter home developments.

 

The HCA received 79 expressions of interest from 120 local authorities across the country outside London. Many involved joint submissions in response to the Starter Homes: unlocking the land fund prospectus issued in March 2016.

 

The 30 Starter Home Land Fund partnerships were announced on 3 January and include a number of ARCH membes. The full list is as follows:

 

  • Blackburn with Darwen Council
  • Blackpool Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Chichester District Council
  • City of Lincoln
  • Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
  • Fareham Borough Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Council (in association with Sefton, Knowsley, Halton, Wirral, St Helens)
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Council
  • Rushmoor Borough Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • South Kestevan District Council
  • South Ribble Borough Council (in association with Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council)
  • South Somerset District Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • West Somerset Council (in association with Taunton Deane Borough Council, Sedgemoor District Council)
  • Worthing Council

 

Reacting to the announcement, Bob Ledger, strategic director for housing and regeneration at ARCH member, the City of Lincoln Council, said:

 

"We welcome this announcement from the DCLG and are looking forward to working with them to provide more starter homes in Lincoln.

 

"Both locally and nationally there is a housing shortage and it has become increasingly difficult for people to get a foot on the housing ladder. Once we find out more details about the level of funding we will be considering potential brownfield sites in the city to bring forward for development.

 

"Increasing the supply of affordable housing is one of the council's main priorities and we expressed an interest in receiving a share of this funding in spring 2016 to complement our broader plans to deliver more affordable housing in the city."

 

"These include a commitment to building 220 new council homes over the next five years, as well as working with housing associations to increase their contribution. The city council has also agreed in principle to set up a new housing company that will make it easier to invest in more housing, helping to reduce the council's housing waiting list and provide more choice for people."

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