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Housing minister gives green light to 'affordable' scheme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development

Housing minister gives green light to 'affordable' scheme Housing minister gives green light to 'affordable' scheme

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week gave the green light to a new deal that will lead to new 'affordable' homes in Ashford.

Under the terms of the agreement, the MP granted permission to Ashford Borough Council to borrow £1.4 million through the Housing Revenue Account borrowing programme to develop the 61 homes in the Charing area.

However, only 21 of the homes will actually be available for 'affordable' rent.

Lewis said: “I am pleased to agree this borrowing with Ashford Council, which will lead to 21 new affordable homes to rent for the local community.

“This is one of a number of measures we’re taking to build new affordable homes across the country, with 390 affordable homes delivered in Ashford thanks to our dedicated programme.

“I look forward to seeing for myself the work started, which can help families currently on waiting lists to settle into stable, affordable homes in their local area.”

Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, cllr Aline Hicks, added: “We are delighted by the announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Rural homes not only enable people to remain where they live, work and where their support networks are, but they give rural communities a chance to thrive. Of these new properties, eight will be shared ownership. This is exciting for us as it is the first time we have purchased and managed this tenure type as part of our wider portfolio.”

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