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By releasing a new phase of properties at its already popular development in Carlisle, The Elms, housebuilder Lovell has thrown the spotlight on the development for homebuyers in the area who are looking to benefit from a new-build home.
Carlisle-based housebuilder Story Homes has submitted a planning application to develop 50 new homes at two separate developments in north Cumbria.
The developer is hoping to be given the green light to construct 48 houses, including 14 affordable homes, as well as open spaces and facilities on farmland off Scaur Lane in Lazonby, near Penrith.
Renowned housebuilder Lovell is offering a helping hand to first-time buyers in the North West of England with its participation in the government-backed FirstBuy purchase assistance scheme. The initiative helps those buying a first home as it only requires a 5% deposit and the purchaser can defer payment of 20% of the full price of their home.
As one of England's largest and newest counties, Cumbria is predominantly rural and one of the most sparsely populated. Acclaimed for its beauty, the county contains every mountain in England that is above 900m and the Lake District National park.
Building work on an affordable housing scheme in Cumwhinton Village near Carlisle has been completed by Two Castles Housing Association and Esh Group.
The £1.2m development called Quentin Gardens is the first to be completed by the partnership working as Hadrian Development Solutions and provides eight new affordable homes to rent for people with a connection to the village or surrounding area.
Incorporating the stunning English Lake District, Cumbria offers endless green, open spaces and landscapes of craggy fells and glistening lakes - yet it is also home to the busy city and county town of Carlisle, and many vibrant market towns and pretty villages.
Affordable new homes in London
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged to expand First Steps. The shared equity scheme aims to help first-time buyers take an equity stake in their home and get their first foot on the ladder in private or social housing.
Affordable homes in Scotland
The Scottish Government has exceeded its target to deliver 6,000 affordable homes each year, official statistics show. In total, 6,882 homes were delivered under the Affordable Housing Supply Programme in 2011/12. Of that total, 82% were for social rent. These figures show the Scottish Government is on target to deliver the overall aim of 30,000 affordable homes over the life of this Parliament.
New affordable homes in Cumbria
Richard Leafe, the chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority in Cumbria, has announced plans to try and build up to 900 affordable homes in the area over the next 15 years, in a bid to help more young people onto the housing ladder.
A new mixed-use development featuring 28 affordable homes in the centre of Penrith will officially open next Tuesday.
Located on Kilgour Street, the £3m Penrith New Squares project, developed by Sainsbury's and constructed by Thomas Armstrong, features a selection of two-bedroom apartments, two- and three-bedroom houses.