Young first-time buyers in Stoke-on-Trent are being given a boost onto the housing ladder after the city was named one of 30 local authority partnerships to spearhead a national housebuilding scheme.
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell today confirmed that 2017 will see the first Starter Homes being built on brownfield sites across the country, including in Stoke-on-Trent.
First-time buyers aged between 23 and 40 will be able to buy a new home at a discount of at least 20 per cent below market value – meaning they can secure their dream homes sooner.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been working proactively with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) since May 2016, and has today been confirmed as a Starter Homes area, aiming to deliver 438 new homes – of which 219 will be available with a Starter Homes discount. The developments will be backed with financial support from the Government’s £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund.
Several sites in Stoke-on-Trent have already been earmarked for the scheme, including:
• Parkside (a former residential home), Weston Coyney Road, Weston Coyney
• Middlehurst School, Turnhurst Road, Chell
• Norfolk Street, Stoke
The city council will continue to work closely with the HCA to identify and take forward further land opportunities for the fund.
Councillor Randy Conteh, the council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “It is fantastic news that we have been selected by the Government to spearhead this scheme, as it helps us to deliver our Stronger Together priority of investing in homes and driving up housing standards.
“The Starter Homes programme will help young people get onto the housing ladder and secure their dream homes sooner. It will also support the wider growth and regeneration of the city.”