RESIDENTS have moved into their new homes on an “affordable” housing development built in the West Yorkshire village of Shelf.
The development consists of 10 properties on Belle Vue Road and they were delivered by the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership.
Calderdale Council has identified a housing need of 840 homes per year. It’s investment partnership with Together Housing is seen as one of the main ways of achieving this goal. The aim is to invest £70 million to build up to 650 “affordable” homes for rent and ownership over the next five years.
The homes in Shelf have been let at “affordable” rents and consist of six three-bedroom and four two-bedroom properties. There is also a home with special adaptations to make it suitable for people with disabilities.
“There is a need for high-quality homes for affordable rent in Calderdale,” said Karen Lythe, Calderdale Council’s assistant director for economy, housing and investment. “Average house prices in the area mean that many people cannot get on the housing ladder. This partnership with Together Housing is a new approach by the Council and is the biggest investment in housing for many years.”
In Calderdale, the average house price is over six times the average income at £160,947. The mean annual income is only £25,126 compared to the £36,788 required to secure the average mortgage, meaning workers in the area would need a 46.4% pay rise to be able to afford to buy a home.
“We’re delighted to be able to build new homes in Calderdale through our partnership with the council,” said Hilary Brady, Together Housing Group’s head of development. “Like our other new developments for affordable rent, these new homes in Shelf provide the high-quality and well-maintained homes that are so much in demand in the area. We wish the new residents well.”
Main Image: (left to right) Mark Patterson, neighbourhood manager at Together Housing Group; Karen Lythe, assistant director of economy, housing and investment at Calderdale Council; and Hilary Brady, head of development at Together Housing Group