First Homes is a new model of affordable home ownership aimed at first-time buyers. First Homes are a specific form of discounted market sale housing and national guidance states that they should be considered to meet the definition of ‘affordable housing’ for planning purposes.
The First Homes Interim Position Statement has been developed following the publication of the Written Ministerial Statement on 24 May 2021 and changes to the National Planning Practice to include First Homes.
The Interim Statement is a joint statement between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. The provisions set out within the Interim Statement will only apply where developers wish to include First Homes as part of the affordable housing provision. It sets out the proposed local criteria for the provision of First Homes and options for the overall affordable tenure split on new developments where First Homes are provided.