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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Buyers 'snap up' affordable homes
The first shared ownership homes offered by a housing association for more than a decade have been snapped up by young first time buyers.

The 16 homes offered by Suffolk Housing Society are to be built in Bury St Edmunds on a development which also includes 16 rented dwellings.

The homes being built now received offers within a month of going on sale.

The developers said the scheme is aimed at providing affordable homes for local people to get on the housing ladder.

Chris Oakes, from the builders Linnet Homes, said: "Those who have reserved plots on the scheme have an average age of 26 years old."

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