The government has made £8.5 million in funding available as part of a three-year project to help communities deliver discounted homes.
The funding is available to volunteer groups for locally-led neighbourhood plans to provide discounted homes for younger people and families in need of housing.
These are defined as properties built for people to buy at affordable rates, aimed at enabling them to secure mortgages in areas of the country where they are currently locked out of the market by high prices.
The £8.5m is on top of last year’s government announced support package of £26 million for communities seeking to prepare and adopt a neighbourhood plan.
Volunteer groups can apply now for between £10,000 and £50,000 of the new funding to help identify suitable sites for discounted homes, get planning permission and to provide other technical support. Further free specialist advice and guidance will also be made available for those who participate in the pilot.