Decision details

First Homes Early Delivery Programme

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive:

 

a)     Noted the officer decision taken under delegated authority to apply the national eligibility criteria, level of discount, income cap and price cap for First Homes being delivered in North Northamptonshire.

 

b)     Approved the decision to apply discretionary local connection criteria to First Homes so that they are sold to first-time buyers with a local connection to North Northamptonshire.

 

c)      Approved that the above will apply to any future First Homes being delivered under Homes England’s First Homes Early Delivery Programme, and on any other First Homes delivered in North Northamptonshire. This will be the case until the Local Plan is updated to include any alternative First Homes policy for North Northamptonshire.

 

d)     Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up, in consultation with the Executive Director for Place and Economy to enter Deeds of Variation on the basis set out above to enable the delivery of additional First homes, where deemed appropriate.  

 

 

Reason for Recommendation: The decision to enable the early delivery of First Homes will lead to an increase in the overall supply of affordable homes in North Northamptonshire and improve access to homeownership for local first-time buyers. Early delivery also provides the Council with an opportunity to pilot the legal and sales procedures for First Homes, ahead of their delivery through the planning system, and will help officers to refine this process and make any necessary adjustments or improvements prior to larger numbers of First Homes being delivered via Section 106 agreements. 

 

Alternative Options Considered: The alternative option is to refuse requests to vary existing section 106 agreements to provide First Homes. Taking this approach was discounted as it would mean the Homes England grant being diverted to another local authority area and it would mean the loss of additional affordable homes for local people.

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 15/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 05/10/2022

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