Talking to What House? news editor Marc Da Silva this week, housing minister Grant Shapps said that the Government is seriously committed to increasing the supply of affordable homes in Britain in order to help more people buy a new home.
"Unless the economy improves dramatically in the near future, we need to do more to help people gain a foot on the housing ladder, and there is a lot we can do regarding the provision of affordable housing," said Mr Shapps.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has this week revealed its strategy for the creation of 170,000 new affordable homes across England by 2015.
The HCA's Corporate Plan 2012-15 outlines how the national housing and regeneration agency will help to realise the Government's Housing Strategy.
Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the HCA, said: "This plan sets a clear direction for the HCA, taking stock of our evolving role over the last year coupled with the Government's ambitions set out in the Housing Strategy. We have set solid foundations this year, working with our partners to boost housing supply and economic growth, and we will continue to focus on delivery in the months ahead.
"By working closely with providers we have reviewed the delivery of housing supported through the £1.8bn Affordable Homes Programme. This means that some of the 80,000 homes set to be built under this programme will be delivered sooner than originally anticipated and invigorate the communities that need them."
Affordable new homes in London
The London Borough of Islington has rejected funding from the HCA's £1.8bn Affordable Homes Programme. The Council has decided to provide £2.5m of funding itself for housing associations to build social homes instead of accepting the funding. It is the only London Borough to not take part in the HCA's Affordable Homes Programme.
Meanwhile, L&Q, in partnership with Barratt Homes, will deliver 52 affordable homes, available to buy on a shared ownership basis, as part of the first phase of a major new scheme in Fulham. Phase two comprises the demolition of the existing superstore and the construction of 196 units, including 14 social rented homes.
Affordable homes in Hampshire
Linden Homes plans to build 75 new homes in the Hampshire village of Swanmore including up to 30 affordable homes. A planning decision will be made later this year.
New affordable homes in Devon
The first phase of new homes in Cranbrook, a new town in East Devon, which includes 328 affordable homes, will become available in September. The first phase will consist of 1,120 dwellings in total, as well as a primary school, a doctor's surgery and retail centre.
Affordable new homes in Coventry
A new £6m affordable homes development in Coventry comprising of 70 new affordable homes has been built on a site once used to dump debris from the Blitz. The new homes are designed to meet local housing needs and comprise a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, and one adapted bungalow.
Affordable homes in Peterborough
Developer Larkfleet Homes has started construction work on a ‘mixed tenure' affordable housing scheme in Bourne Road, Morton. The scheme will feature 20 affordable homes. Work is due to be completed in April 2013.
New affordable homes in Sedgemoor
A number of people attended an affordable housing open day yesterday (Thursday) hsted by Sedgemoor District Council at the Regional Rural Business Centre, at Junction 24 near Bridgwater, illustrating high demand for affordable housing in the region. There were displays on a range of rented, shared ownership and FirstBuy homes.