VIDEO: David Cameron visits Ilkeston housing site

The Prime Minister has been in Ilkeston this morning to champion the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

David Cameron visited the Briar’s Chase development just off Heanor Road to discuss figures released today.

PM David Cameron arrives on site.

PM David Cameron arrives on site.

More than 7,000 homes have been sold so far under the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, according to the Treasury.

The figures are the first indication of how the scheme has performed since it was launched late last year, in the East Midlands nine per cent of completions have been as a result of the scheme.

Statistics also showed that 80 per cent of the homes sold went to first-time buyers.

Speaking about the figures, Mr Cameron, was keen to dispel comments in the press about the scheme being responsible for a housing price hike.

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He said: “House prices are still 15 per cent less than they were when we saw the peak in 2007.

“You only have to ask builders like Taylor Wimpey here and they will tell you that 40 per cent of the houses on sites like this are selling to people because of Help to Buy and that is helping to get new houses built.

“You won’t get builders to build unless you’ve got buyers to buy.”

Advertiser reporter Amy Hirst was at the visit to press the Prime Minister on local topics including the state of our town’s High Street and his views on the train station.

For a full report on the visit and in depth interview buy next week’s paper out on Thursday June 5.