SHIPLEY MP Philip Davies (pictured) has officially opened Incommunities’ latest “affordable” housing development.
Built on the site of the West Yorkshire town’s former fire station, off Saltaire Road, the development consists of 11 family-sized properties in a mix of two- and three-bedroom homes.
Four of the homes are available for shared ownership, another four for outright sale and three through the Rent to Buy scheme.
The homes have been designed to complement the surrounds of the nearby Saltaire Village, a world heritage site and named recently one of the best places to live in the North of England.
The development has been supported by Bradford Council and Homes England with the national regeneration agency providing a £224,000 grant towards the work.
The new homes are part of two developments on cleared fire station sites, transferred to Incommunities from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Another 11 homes have been completed in Idle.
As part of a land swap, the fire service built a state-of-the-art fire station on a former housing site off Valley Road, Shipley.
“I would like to commend Incommunities for their vision and hard work in bringing forward this exciting development,” said Philip Davies MP.
“It is important that social housing providers, developers and councils work together to increase the supply of attractive new homes for local people keen to get on the property ladder. Looking around these new homes I’m sure they will add to the rich mix of distinctive housing in the area.”
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ group chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have completed this high quality development which provides a nice balance of homes for rent, shared ownership and for sale.
“I would like to thank Homes England, Bradford Council and the Fire Service who have all played their part in making this happen. As a group we are on track to deliver over 1,000 new affordable homes by 2025.”
Angela Perry, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management said: “The homes have only just been completed and we are already seeing strong interest from local home hunters.
Richard Panter, from Homes England, said: “This development offers a range of tenure options for local people and is an excellent example of our commitment to increasing supply in the area. The development continues Incommunities impressive track record of delivering new homes on redundant sites.”