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First starter home developments set to begin

First starter home developments set to begin

Development of 27 starter home sites across England is set to begin following the first wave of successful bids for an £8 million government funding pot.Local councils will use their share of the money to start building starter homes - which are designed for young families - on brownfield sites that are underused or vacant.The developments will use measures like clearance, remediation, demolition and site investigations.Greg Clark, the communities secretary, marked the beginning of the first wave of starter home projects by visiting a mixed social and private housing site owned by London housing association L&Q.He said the government had introduced the starter home scheme and other measures as part of its pledge to "help hardworking families own their home"."The funding announced today will help 27 sites across the country prepare for the first starter homes to be built as part of the government's commitment to building 200,000 starter homes," Mr Clark added.In a bid to enable more construction of properties for first-time buyers, the government has also published proposals to broaden the definition of affordable housing, which could make it easier for builders to deliver houses for purchase as well as rental.Recent figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed the biggest increase in affordable housebuilding for 22 years, with over 66,000 new affordable properties delivered in the past year.It has also been reported that the government's campaign to increase Britain's housing stock could extend to allowing more properties to be built on the Green Belt - patches of greenfield land around towns and cities where, at the moment, construction is only permitted in exceptional circumstances.A consultation is proposing to relax these strict planning rules, allowing councils to allocate "appropriate small-scale sites" within the Green Belt specifically for starter homes. 

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