David Wilson Homes will not build its new range of homes for first-time buyers where councils operate planning tariffs or make steep demands for affordable housing contributions.

I-Life solution: £65k homes for first-time buyers

I-Life solution: £65k homes for first-time buyers

At last week's launch of the company's i-Life range of small flats and houses, group development director James Wilson told Building that it would not build the dwellings in tariff areas, such as in Milton Keynes where the local council is seeking £18,000 per property.

I-Life dwellings, which occupy half the footprint of the typical market property, range in size from 300 to 677 ft2, and will have starting prices of £65,000 in the east Midlands where they are being piloted. The studio houses are back-to-backs with two rooms on each floor.

David Wilson has started building 100 i-Life dwellings at Balderton and Wootton in Nottinghamshire and it has sought planning approval for another 500 homes, including in Basingstoke.

In a similar move, Paul Pedley, chairman of Redrow, said the company would only build its Debut range of starter homes where authorities agreed not to apply policies stipulating that a given proportion of the scheme should be affordable housing.