Small builders back Government’s new homes plan

The Government’s flagship Starter Homes initiative launched today (15th December) has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with a number of FMB house builders already pledging their support.
The new scheme, launched by the Prime Minister, will offer 100,000 first-time buyers (under 40) new homes with a 20% discount, as part of a major push to help people onto the housing ladder.

Aspiring home owners will be asked to register their interest in buying via the Starter Home initiative from the start of next year – at least six months earlier than planned.

Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, said: “We back the principle of this scheme which aims to enable more new homes to be brought forward and targeted at first time buyers, who are a crucial section of the market. The Government’s recognition of the importance of boosting supply from smaller house builders has been underlined by recent announcements extending the Builders Finance Fund to smaller sites and setting a ten unit threshold on affordable housing and tariff style planning obligations. It is crucial that the Starter Home initiative will also be open to firms and sites of any size.

“It is now important that we make sure that the details of the scheme ensure that the central objective – to deliver 100,000 new homes for first time buyers at 80% of market value – is realisable in practice. That’s why the FMB and 15 leading member firms have pledged to work with the Government on the development of the Starter Homes scheme.”

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