High quality affordable housing
throughout the South West of England

About Us

Our History

First Step Homes Ltd is a long established property and housing company that was founded in Bristol in the mid 1990’s. Over many years, First Step Homes, and its subsidiaries, has gained a strong reputation for providing award winning urban regeneration schemes, commercial developments (offices, supermarkets, shops) and extensive student accommodation.

First Step Homes (SW) Ltd was formed in November 2005 to specialise in the provision of affordable housing throughout the South West which is available only to people who are local to the area in which the development is to take place and who are in need of an affordable home.

In response to the increasing demand for affordable housing First Step Homes (Wessex) Ltd was formed in 2012.

Business Model

We identify, appraise, acquire and develop ‘rural exceptions sites’ for affordable housing which are only available for sale or rent to local people.

‘Exceptions sites’ are pieces of land which are outside of, but adjacent to, the settlement boundary of villages and therefore cannot normally be considered for development. However, planning permission can be granted on these sites as long as there is an identified affordable housing need, that the housing provided is sold or rented at affordable prices and that the affordability is protected in perpetuity.

Because ‘exceptions sites’ are restricted to affordable housing the ‘market value’ of this land is much lower than for traditional housing developments and this saving is then passed onto our purchasers.

Track Record

Since 2005 First Step Homes have completed and sold over 200 affordable houses in the South West and currently enjoy planning consent for a further 115 houses across a number of villages.

First Step Homes have recently completed their flagship development at Hellier’s Lane, Cheddar where they have provided 77 houses and apartments.  This scheme is the largest development of its kind in the UK and is the result of a highly successful partnership between First Step Homes, Sedgemoor District Council, the Parish Council and Guinness Hermitage Housing Association.

First Step Homes have control of further land which has the ability (subject to planning permission) to deliver nearly 1000 additional houses in Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire over the next two years and we are actively seeking further opportunities.

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