Housing scheme to boost first-time buyers

By Suruchi Sharma - Thu 27 June 2019, 4:25 pm

A new innovative pilot scheme to build affordable homes to help first-time buyers has launched in Enfield.

The sale of seven sites has been approved by Enfield Council’s Cabinet, and 22 custom-built properties will be created and available at around 70 per cent of the market value. 

The project is part-funded by the Greater London Authority, and will be built by non-profit developer Naked House.

The developer creates minimalist properties with electricity, heating and a basic bathroom, but with few finishes, fittings or partitions. This is less expensive to buy than traditional properties, and allows people to personalise their home.

Simon Chouffot, Naked House co-founder, said: “This is about putting people back at the centre of housebuilding, tapping into the DIY spirit of Londoners to help solve the housing crisis one home at a time.

"Homes will be genuinely affordable for local Enfield residents, and we hope this will be the first of many more schemes.”

Enfield Council leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said the development allows residents “to get on the housing ladder and purchase a decent home.”

She added: “This scheme is a good example of how Enfield Council is now proactive in trying to address major issues such as housing.

“The real beauty of this scheme is that the owners can fully customise their home both in terms of fixtures and fittings and layout, and the format of the home can evolve to meet a family’s changing needs.

“I supported this scheme because we desperately need more homes that are available and affordable for local people. This scheme will play a small but important role in providing suitable family housing in Enfield.”