New proposals for self build homes and easier home ownership

North Ayrshire Conservatives welcome new proposals for self build homes and easier home ownership 

Proposals discussed at the Cabinet of North Ayrshire Council  plan to encourage self build homes and easier home ownership have been welcomed by Cllr Tom Marshall Conservative Group Leader and Councillor for the Largs area 

Cllr Marshall commented “ I have been encouraging the  Council to follow the recent example of Inverclyde Council who provided the land and infrastructure for self build plots. So it is good that the Council have decided on a trial scheme to provide 6 housing plots on the site of the former Brisbane Primary School  There are a number of people who aspire to become private home owners but a combination of lack of sites and access to finance has been a difficulty. If this trial  is successful then there will be scope for another 48  sites to be made available at Brisbane. Thereafter it may be possible  to offer this in other areas of the Council.

But not everyone wants to build their own house so I have also  been asking the Council to look at other projects.  Some people are not eligible to access the large number of affordable  social houses being built or wish to stay in private rented houses   So the Council  will offer a new form of home ownership. This has certain similarities to “shared equity “ schemes 

This will take place on the former St Mary’s  Primary School site and is designed for either first time buyers or downsizes and offers them the opportunity to access modern new homes of their own for a minimum outlay

Cllr Tom Marshall continued, "These are welcome decisions and will allow extra choice to those seeking a new home. They are both pilot projects and the Council is to be commended for being progressive and forward looking in taking this decision to allow an increase in the range of home ownership”