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Housing help

There is new help for fist time buyers in Lincoln.

The City of Lincoln Council has partnered with Lloyds TSB and pledged £1 million to help them get a mortgage with a deposit of five per cent.

It is part of the council's plans to increase access to affordable housing in the city. £2 million has been put into the scheme with £1 million allocated in 2012.

Many potential first-time buyers in Lincoln, including those on the council's housing waiting list, or currently occupying affordable or social housing units, are unable to save a sufficient deposit, even though they could afford mortgage repayments on a typical first home.

Local authorities will both free up social housing for the more vulnerable and reduce payouts to private landlords and expensive short-term accommodation. More people will be able to take the step of buying their first home, stimulating the local housing market and benefitting the wider local economy.

– Cecilie Booth, City of Lincoln Council

Residents oppose building plans

Some people living in a Lincolnshire village say they are angry over plans to build houses there.

East Lindsey District Council has told residents in Holton le Clay that 360 houses will be built. One of the areas identified for development is on a green area used by villagers for leisure.

A consultation meeting has been organised for 28th April.