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Affordable Homes winners announced

The Homes and Communities Agency has announced the winning house builders on its £1.8 billion Affordable Homes Programme.

Telford, Taylor Wimpey, Keepmoat, Kier, Galliford Try, Bellway, Bovis, Keepmoat, Lovell, Persimmon and Barratt have all been awarded a place on the scheme which is due to be complete by 2015.

Of the 80,000 new homes expected to be built through the programme, 29 per cent will be larger family-sized homes with three or more bedrooms while almost 10 per cent will be supported housing and 9 per cent will be homes in rural areas.

Grant Shapps, minister for housing and local government said: “The response from providers to the invitation for proposals under this Programme has exceeded my original expectations, and I now believe that we will be able to deliver up to 170,000 new affordable homes.

“The programme I am announcing today includes around 80,000 homes for affordable rent or affordable home ownership, supported by funding of £1.8 billion from the Government.”