A plan to deliver over 350 new council homes in Leeds over the next three years has been describe by the city council as one of its most ambitious programmes yet.
The Council Housing New Build Programme has seen almost 1,000 new council homes for rent successfully developed in the city over last five years, the council said. But over the next three years, it estimates that 358 new homes will be built across several sites in the city.
“The council has worked hard to ensure we are in a position to move ahead and build new council houses across the city at such a quick pace,” said Councillor Debra Coupar, the city council’s executive member for communities.
“We are committed to providing new homes through the housing growth programme and the lending cap being lifted by the Government means that we can do more to deliver new high quality affordable homes much faster.
“We do, however, appreciate that there is still more work to be done and we are continually seeking national support and funding to continue to increase the number of new affordable homes and to support sustainable and inclusive growth across the city.”
Initial plans have identified that the first phase of sites could commence procurement during 2019, with construction set to be completed by December 2021.
As part of the Council Housing New Build Programme, a total of £108 million of funding was agreed by senior councillors for the delivery of council and affordable housing in Leeds, and the majority of this funding has now been committed through a variety of funding programmes and delivery approaches.
In 2017, 388 new homes were delivered across 10 development sites through the housing PFI scheme at Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck. A further 111 new council homes have also been built at Railway Close, Cardigan Green, Plantation, Garnets in Beeston and Broadleas in Bramley.
Four new homes have been completed on the former Whinmoor Pub site, with another 18 homes in progress on site and 87 at pre-planning and design stage. On top of this, 129 properties have been delivered by the council’s £11 million long term empties programme and, in 2016, the council built its first extra care scheme of 45 homes for older people at Wharfedale View in Yeadon.
A further programme of extra care housing will deliver another three schemes and up to 200 new homes for older people across the city.