Prime minister David Cameron pledged to double the number of discounted homes for first-time buyers to be built under a Conservative government to 200,000.

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Launching the Tory manifesto, Cameron announced plans to extend the starter-homes initiative, offering a 20% discount for first-time buyers under 40, by exempting new-builds from certain levies and planning requirements.

Despite the various government strategies that have followed since then, planning remains the major hurdle in matching supply to the huge demand for homes at all levels.