Help to Buy scheme

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Central Bedfordshire is third in the country for sales on the Help to Buy scheme, according to Kris Hopkins, Minister for Housing at Communities and Local Government.

There have been 458 Help to Buy sales in the area, since it launched 14 months ago.

Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning, said: “This is really encouraging news for people in Central Bedfordshire, particularly those looking to take their first steps on the housing ladder.

“Lots of families are looking to put down roots in the area or stay close to where they grew up, and we have a number of schemes to help make this a reality. As well this fantastic news about being third in the country for take-up of Help to Buy schemes, we also have a Housing Strategy that makes it abundantly clear that increasing the supply of affordable housing for local people is right at the top of our list.

“Not only that, we have developed a draft Development Strategy which sets out our aspirations for a third of new homes being affordable – including social rent and shared ownership – and this Strategy will be published for comment on 30 June. In our recently adopted Design Guide, we’ve also put requirements in place to make sure developers build a proportion of affordable homes.

“There’s no doubt that housing growth needs to happen but we’re working hard to make sure it happens at the right time in the right place to build real communities, not just homes.”