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First Homes plan could put rural affordable housing at risk

Inside Housing reports that landlords are arguing the new First Homes policy announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick last Friday could lead to homes being built that are outside the reach of most rural dwellers

The First Homes scheme aims to give people the opportunity to buy a home in their local area – saving eligible first-time buyers on average around £100,000. The consultation released alongside the announcement estimated that 4,000 new homes a year could be delivered on exception sites.

There are two types of exception sites: rural exception sites, used to provide affordable housing for local people in rural areas, and entry-level exception sites, aimed at providing sites for first-time buyer homes. Sector groups fear that this could see rural exception sites squeezed out for entry level sites.

Full article:

Inside Housing - First Homes plan could put rural affordable housing at risk

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