New housing strategy launched from Affinity Sutton site
Government launches new housing strategy at Affinity
Sutton and Linden Homes scheme in Guildford
Prime Minister, David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister,
Nick Clegg, launched the Government's new housing strategy - Laying
the Foundations: a Housing Strategy for England, at Affinity Sutton
and Linden Homes' Boxgrove Gardens scheme in Guildford, earlier
The strategy aims to tackle the housing
shortage, boost the economy, create jobs and give people the
opportunity to get on the housing ladder.
The strategy was welcomed by staff at Affinity
Sutton who were among the first to hear about the Government’s
plans when the PM and Deputy PM addressed them during their
visit. The Prime Minister talked about the difficulties for
young people today in buying their first home, with the average age
of first time buyers now 37. He also referred the need to get
Britain building to provide much needed homes as well as details of
a secure loan scheme for first time buyers of newly built
The Deputy Prime Minister stated that “This
strategy is about jobs, homes and hope."
Keith Exford, Affinity Sutton, Chief Executive
commented; “For some time now Government has talked about the
important role of housing in helping to boost the economy.
Today’s visit and the launch of the Government’s new housing
strategy are a positive step since any increased focus on the
critical need for more housing in this country must be welcomed.
However we remain concerned that the overall volume of new homes
and in particular housing for those most in need is at an all time
low. Although this housing strategy brings in some additional money
and has measures such as the release of public land that will help
foster more building, significantly greater funding will be
required to ensure that we can meet the soaring demand for
“As a business for social purpose we remain
committed to developing new homes and our recent 3000 homes
contract with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) along with our
own funding will help us achieve this and help lay foundations for
During the visit the Prime Minister and Deputy
Prime Minister also stopped off at the home of the White family.
The family recently moved into their three bedroom Affinity Sutton
social rented home at Boxgrove Gardens and are enjoying having a
garden for the first time. Also popping in for tea was the
Purves family, who last week moved into one of the private for sale
Boxgrove Gardens is a former DEFRA site and
when complete will provide 200 new homes of which 70 are affordable
for both social rent and part buy/part rent. The scheme is
being developed by Linden Homes and is less than a mile from
Guildford High Street. All homes are built to level three of the
Code for Sustainable Homes.
More information on the new housing