The Armed Forces Help to Buy Scheme

At Bowbridge Homes, we recognize the distinct needs of our armed forces personnel, particularly when it comes to finding a place to call home. That’s why we’re excited to extend our support for the Armed Forces Help to Buy initiative to our newest development, Lime Grove Bardney. Situated in the heart of Lincolnshire, Lime Grove offers an ideal location for military families, with its close proximity to several Royal Air Force bases including RAF Coningsby, RAF Digby, RAF Waddington, and RAF Cranwell. 

A map with red points on it showing forces bases in lincolnshire

What is the Forces Help to Buy Scheme? 

The Forces Help to Buy Scheme, now an enduring policy, has been instrumental in making homeownership more accessible to service members. This initiative enables service personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, up to a maximum of £25,000 interest-free towards the purchase of a property!* 

Eligibility Criteria:

The scheme is open to all who have completed the required length of service, excluding reservists and members of the Military Provost Guard Service. To be eligible, applicants must have more than six months left to serve at the time of application and meet the specified medical categories. Whilst this criteria largely applies, exceptions may be considered for special medical and personal circumstances. 

Why Lime Grove, Bardney? 

Owning a home is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about creating a sense of belonging and security, something that can be challenging for those with mobile careers like the armed forces.  

Lime Grove provides an ideal solution, offering thoughtfully designed two-to-five-bedroom homes that cater to diverse lifestyles and family dynamics. Whether you’re seeking a cosy retreat for one or a spacious living space for a growing family, Lime Grove has something for everyone.  

Beyond its suitability for armed forces personnel, Lime Grove boasts excellent connectivity to Lincoln city centre, just nine miles away. This ensures easy access to amenities, schools, and recreational facilities, making it an attractive option for families looking to thrive in a vibrant community setting. 

We also have a number of incentives available including ‘Spend it your way’ and flooring packages which can be used in conjunction with the Forces Help to Buy scheme. Take a look at these fantastic offers here: 

How to Get Started: 

Applying for the Forces Help to Buy Scheme is a straightforward process. Service personnel are to apply for Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) on JPA, through the self-service application for FHTB. A comprehensive guide is available online in the JPA Self Service User Guide: Applying for Pre-Approval for FHTB, providing step-by-step instructions for obtaining pre-approval for Forces Help to Buy. Discover your eligibility here:

We are proud to support our armed forces community and are enthusiastic about offering initiatives like the Forces Help to Buy Scheme. This program not only addresses the unique challenges faced by military personnel but also paves the way for them to achieve homeownership. We encourage all eligible service members to explore the opportunities presented by this scheme and take the exciting first steps toward making their homeownership dreams a reality.  

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us 

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