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Is building beautiful homes a beautiful dream?

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James Hopkins, executive chairman and founder of Hopkins Homes looks at how attractive new build properties can be achieved

The Government is rightly focused on creating a framework through which more people – particularly families and young people – can afford to buy their own homes.

The need to address this issue isn’t about abstract numbers or targets for how many houses should be built each year. It is about the real-life stories of ordinary people – people we all know - people who are unable to afford a deposit on a house, having to live with their parents or paying exorbitant rates for rented accommodation.

The average age of a first-time buyer has gone up by over 20% since 2007. And the number of young adults living with their parents has risen by over 40% in the last two decades.

Those statistics are surely not acceptable. Just as much as the older generation, these people deserve the opportunity to live in their own homes.

They also need to be confident that the houses they buy are of high quality – built not only to last, but also to enhance the local scene, designed in a style that reflects local heritage. Houses that their owners and, crucially, their neighbours can be proud of.

So, the Government’s recent announcement that a requirement to build beautiful homes will be at the centre of its planning reforms, sounds like a great step forward – if somewhat overdue - and one that Hopkins Homes welcomes. When I set the company up, I committed to building high quality homes that sit beautifully within the landscapes and the communities they are part of.

I made that commitment for two........

© Norwich Evening News

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