Hous­ing scheme will 40 mil­i­tary homes

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

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.

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