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Mayor urges more developers to come on board with £100K Home housing project, as demand for £100K homes in Fordham, Cambridgeshire exceeds supply by 28 to 1

Wed 21 Oct 2020

Mayor urges more developers to come on board with £100K Home housing project, as demand for £100K homes in Fordham, Cambridgeshire exceeds supply by 28 to 1

Mayor James Palmer is encouraging housing developers to work with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in bringing forward more £100K Homes after receiving 228 applications for eight £100K Homes in Fordham, Cambridgeshire.  

Of the 228 applications received, 147 had the necessary local connections to Fordham to make them suitable for the homes available there, equivalent to over 5% of the total population of Fordham, which is 2712.  

Applications for the first eight £100K Homes closed last Monday (12.10.20). Nearly all the 228 applications received were eligible for the £100K Homes scheme.    

There are more £100K Homes coming down the line in Ely, Great Abington, and Cambridge City, expected in the New Year.  Mayor James Palmer is today putting the call out to housing developers across the region to get in touch about building £100K Homes in their patch as demand is expected to continue to far outstrip supply. 

For housing developers, getting people on the housing ladder at the bottom end will help create future demand further up the chain. They can also fulfil their affordable housing obligations without the involvement of third parties and build homes to the same standard as private developments. 

Mayor James Palmer said: “The £100k Home is the kind of innovative, transformational project that I want to promote as Mayor. I knew that there was a desperate need for a product like the £100k Home to help give local working people a first step on the housing ladder, and the numbers demonstrate that very clearly. 

“More than 140 people living or working in Fordham applied for and were eligible for a £100K Home but currently we only have eight available. The Fordham 100K homes could have been filled nearly 20 times over, such is the demand for those who live or work in the village.  It is clear people want these homes, so we have to deliver for them.  I am calling upon housing developers across the region to step forward and work with us to deliver more £100K Homes that are so desperately needed.  Get in touch and we will work with you on delivering affordable homes now, that will create a future pipeline of buyers for your properties.”  

£100K Homes are new-build, 100%-owned one-bedroom properties aimed at giving people who live or work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a genuinely affordable step on the housing ladder, while enabling them to live to close to where they work.

They are aimed at giving people who live or work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a genuinely affordable step on the housing ladder, while enabling them to live to close to where they work. 

Rather than their monthly payment disappearing into the bank account of their landlord, those who buy a £100k Home own it outright and build their equity as they repay their mortgage. As the monthly mortgage payment is expected to be lower than the equivalent private rent amount, £100k Homeowners also have the chance to save more each month; savings that can go towards the deposit on their next homes, in the open market.

£100K Homes are made available at a discount to their full market value through a legal covenant which stays with the property. The next purchaser would also be found through the £100K Home scheme, and they would also benefit from the same percentage discount on the open market value of the property the initial buyer received.

£100K Homes are part of Mayor Palmer’s response to the housing crisis which is seeing many people locked out of the property market and forced to pay expensive private rents or are stuck living at home with parents to save costs.

The £ 100K Homes website (www.100khomes.co.uk) was launched earlier this year, allowing people to find out more and register their interest in buying homes when they become available. 

If you are a housing developer and would like to know more about the programme, please get in touch at: 100khomes@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk


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