10 January 2018

A LEEDS property developer is pushing new boundaries after securing support from the Government's Help to Buy initiative for purchasers interested in its inaugural collection of new homes.

Only one property remains for sale at the Cricketers View development in Green Lane, Garforth - the first venture into residential property launched by family-run company Volfortis.

The property is ready to move into and has now been made affordable after it became eligible for the Help to Buy initiative, which was set up to assist homebuyers move on or up the property ladder.

Overlooking Garforth Parish Church Cricket Club, the four-bedroom homes is priced at £250,000 and is being marketed through the Roundhay and Wetherby offices of Linley & Simpson.

Help to Buy is a Government-backed equity scheme which enables people to buy a new home with just a 5% deposit. The rest is topped up with a loan of up to 20% of the property’s value.

Latest figures have shown that more homebuyers in Yorkshire are benefiting from Help to Buy in ever-increasing numbers, with take-up amongst the highest in the UK.

Volfortis director Joseph Ullman said: “This new Help to Buy dimension gives the remaining home extra appeal as part of a development which has already captured homebuyers' imagination.

"It's often overlooked that Help to Buy is not solely for first-time buyers – it opens the doors to established homeowners who have since sold their own properties.

"It has the added benefit of not incurring Stamp Duty if bought by a first-time buyer following a package of support announced in the Autumn Budget.”

The new-build homes at Cricketers View bring an injection of much-needed new housing to Garforth, whose popularity as a place to live and work continues to grow.

Volfortis has transformed a former dairy depot and yard into a £1m-plus collection of energy-saving family homes.

Planners gave the go-ahead for the brownfield site’s redevelopment after hearing that the design and layout of the homes would “contribute in a positive vein to the visual amenity of it, and the character of the area as a whole”.  Locals had previously dubbed the site "an eyesore".

Joseph added: “Having the benefit of Leeds and all it has to offer close at hand, together with the semi-rural environment of Garforth, Cricketers View really does enjoy the best of both worlds.

"The area still maintains a village feel whilst enjoying excellent local facilities together with vast areas of open countryside. 

"Local shops and quality schools are in abundance, all adding to the attractiveness of this location which also boasts unrivalled transport links on its doorstep – whether it be train, car or bus.”

"One of the hallmarks of the development is our attention to detail. Wedded to an enhanced specification, it provides these family homes with quality fittings throughout. 

"They are all energy efficient, compatible with the demands of modern living, and really provide flexible accommodation to suit most needs."

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