Housing scheme will 40 military homes
A NEW housing scheme will offer retired police, NHS workers and current and former military veterans a crucial step up into the property market.
The 40-home scheme in Tytherington will offer these personnel a 20 per cent discount on the market value. It’s a joint venture between Step Forward Housing, a non-for-profit organisation for ex-forces and emergency personnel, and social enterprise First Ark. It will include a selection of two and three bedroom homes on the scheme - with prices starting from £163,000 - in order to ensure retired key workers stand the chance of a decent home.
Ex-servicemen and women will also have the option to take a 50pc shared ownership purchase. The scheme is open only to those who worked in the public services.
Christopher Metcalf, representing Step Forward Housing, said: “Step Forward Housing was set up after we recognised the need for high quality homes to be provided to those who have risked their lives in the UK and around the world.
“The aim is that these homes will provide them with a base; giving them the stability and security they need to start a new life after serving in the armed forces.
“Agreeing to purchase these homes is a big step in the process of ensuring that those who have suffered in the name of conflict and emergency response have the shelter they deserve.”
Tony Cahill, executive director at First Ark, said: “Together, we’re going to help as many military, ex-military and emergency workers into high quality affordable accommodation as possible. We have the right infrastructure in place to be able to offer a successful management and support operation for Step Forward Housing’s tenants, and we’re eager to put that to good use. ”
To learn more about First Ark and their work to support positive initiatives across the North West, head to www.firstark.com.